The band’s next release was already written, prior to signing with Epitaph, but will be their first LP without former label Fat Wreck Chords in over a decade.
Read what bassist/vocalist Brendan Kelly had to say in an excerpt from the blog post below:
“We’re super excited to announce that the Lawrence Arms have signed to Epitaph. We went and visited them in LA, we had some laughs and some grilled cheeses. We talked to Brett underneath the original painting of the Against the Grain cover (awesome!) and we thought that, shit, what better way to come back from a long break than on the label that put out most of the records that got us into punk rock in the first place? You know what? That’s all true, but sheesh…why do we even need to explain this to anyone? It used to be, a band just made a move and people were left to whisper about what happened, why, how it’ll change shit etc. like a bunch of hens at their punk rock fences, but now…now I have to make some kind of statement that has to preemptively answer questions that I think you MAY ask…who cares? Good grief. Boo to whatever dingus started the whole ‘band releases statement about XXXXXX.’ Trend. It’s boring. Sigh. Anyway, let’s try and knock this out real fast:
Because Epitaph is fucking awesome, and Chris and I have wanted to put a record out on Epitaph since we were 12 (Neil was listening to the Melvins then). As a longtime fan of the label, and a huge fan of the organization since visiting their HQ in January, we’re beyond stoked to be working with this dedicated, awesome group of folks, who also happen to have put out some of my favorite records ever. Besides, when we realized that the only bands that have ever put out records on both Fat and Epitaph are Propagandhi, NOFX and the Descendents, we felt that there was no way we could pass up crashing that party like the crappy, not-at-all-in-the-same-league-but-doing-it-anyway bunch of dicks we are.”