Release Date: Oct 27, 2014
Record label: Fat Wreck Chords
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk/New Wave, Punk Revival, Punk-Pop, Skatepunk
If you talk to anyone in the late 20s to late 30s demographic that is a fan of the offshoot genres of punk music, most will probably have a favorite band from the golden years of Fat Wreck Chords. NOFX would probably be the most common answer, followed by Strung Out who have always maintained a ravenous fan base. No Use For A Name certainly deserves mention as well.
As the first band signed to Fat Wreck Chords (that wasn't NOFX), Lagwagon helped to shape the face of punk in the '90s with their driving 1992 debut Duh, establishing their energetic and irreverent skatepunk as a trademark sound of the label. Nine years after their last release (Resolve, their 2005 tribute to their late drummer Derrick Plourde), Lagwagon have emerged from the studio with Hang, an album the shows the band has a lot to say about the current state of affairs in the United States. It would seem that after nearly a decade without new material, Lagwagon have finally reached the end of their rope, focusing their discontent into their music in a way that harks back to a time when the genre felt like a vehicle for change.
It’s been nine years since the last Lagwagon full-length, but the punk outfit’s new set, Hang isn’t interested in being weighed down by the passage of time. In fact, Hang feels like a perfect follow-up to Resolve. That album had brought the band’s focused and bright mid-‘90s sound to its most refined point. Before Resolve, Blaze had stretched out into power-pop and other tangents outside of pure pop-punk.