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ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES DROPS ALBUM ¡BLOW IT…AT MADISON’S QUINCEAÑERA!


 

 Me First and the Gimme Gimmes return, this time crashing Madison's Quinceañera. Their first single, “Dancing Queen,” is now available on all digital platforms. It shares a taste of what's to come on their upcoming live album, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes– Blow it…at Madison’s Quinceañera!, which is set to drop on June 14th. In collaboration with 91X in San Diego, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes launched a search for a family willing to host the ultimate punk rock cover band at their event, and Madison's family won!


Did the guests recognize the Gimmes? Were they thrilled about the unexpected performance of their favorite hits at Madison's Quinceañera? Dive into the first song to find out! Then, pre-order the album and grab these sweet bundles while supplies last. Don’t forget to hone your singing skills, because they’re heading out on tour next week!


 Twenty years after Me First and the Gimme Gimmes ruined Johnny's Bar Mitzvah, punk rock's premier cover band is back to wreak havoc on another important coming-of-age ceremony. This time, as the album title reveals, it was a Quinceañera. Nobody attending had ever heard of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes before, and nobody knew what to expect. "It was really tense for me going out to no applause—and to people actually walking away when we were playing," says frontman Spike Slawson. "A Quinceañera is a very celebrated and important event, not just in a young girl's life, but in the whole family's. Mom and Dad were great, but it took the uncles a little while to warm up to me and our off-color jokes, though I think eventually they got it. Our process is to cast the line out and bring people to the point of—and beyond—outward expressions of displeasure like booing, and then hopefully reel them back in by the end of the set."


Does that kind of make Me First and the Gimme Gimmes—especially on this record—the Andy Kaufman of punk rock? Possibly. But you don't have to be in on the joke to enjoy this album. Nor do you have to be a sadist (but it wouldn't hurt) to enjoy the one person politely clapping after Slawson introduces "Changes" at the beginning of the first of the band's two sets. "This is a Black Sabbath song," he says. "If you know it, feel free to sing along." Nobody does. But he interpolates birthday girl, Madison's, name into the song, and as the band speeds things up a little later, you can feel that heavy, early tension dissipate a very tiny bit. When he speaks to her at the start of "Dancing Queen," things loosen up a little bit more—though you could still cut the air with a cumpleaños cake-sized knife—and there are even a few cheers after the band sings "Happy Birthday." The turning point, however, has to be the wonderfully SNAFU'd cover of Olivia Rodrigo's "Good 4 U", which is a work of art in and of itself, regardless of context. And while it might not have gotten the exact same reception the popstar herself gets in arenas; it's still followed by enthusiastic screams. What's more, as it's wont to do, the band even manages to include a nod to a punk classic at the start, in the shape of "Ever Fallen In Love."


"We just thought it was too perfect," remembers Slawson. "Nobody in the place knew who the Buzzcocks were or cared what the intro was or anything, so it was kind of lost on them, but that moment in the set I think was when the crowd was finally fully on our side. We had them eating out of the palm of our hands at that point, which was a good feeling because it was touch and go until then. But with that song we finally played something from this millennium."


Recorded on July 15th, 2023, at The Soap Factory in San Diego, on this live outing, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes were completed by Joey Cape on guitar, CJ Ramone on bass, Swami John Reis on guitar, and Andrew "Pinch" Pinching on drums—a veritable punk rock supergroup, as ever, not that anyone at the Quinceañera knew or cared. However, they also had a horn section for the first time, courtesy of Keith Douglas and Jason Crane. Swami John Reis' father, John Reis Sr., even played accordion on the penultimate song, "Before the Next Teardrop Falls," the track made famous in 1975 by Freddy Fender. It all comes together to create a performance that rises (even as it's sinking) to the occasion. It would have been so easy for the band to play to a crowd who already knew and loved them, but that's not the Gimme Gimmes way. Besides, you get more sense of what the band is like live listening to this than you ever could from a slick performance in front of an adoring audience. For Slawson, that redemption arc is precisely the point.


"I would like this to be considered indicative of what a live show by the Gimme Gimmes can be," he says. "The only difference is that there would be people that wanted to hear us specifically and came to see us. What happened at this show, to me, is better than unfettered, unconditional applause from a lot of people. Golf-claps from about five people is how I want to hear a live record. It's funny, and it doesn't stop being funny. Not only do outward displays of disapproval not scare me, but I might even crave them a little bit. I don't necessarily want to leave with people booing, but fawning praise makes me cringe. The girl had a good time, her mom and dad had a good time, her abuelo had a good time. And then when the DJ music finally played, her friends had a good time, too."

 

ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES - DANCING QUEEN

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – ¡Blow it…at Madison's Quinceañera Track-listing:


1. Changes

2. Love Will Keep Us Together

3. Dancing Queen

4. I Could Fall in Love

5. Estos Celos

6. La Ultima Muñeca

7. Happy Birthday

8. Por Tu Maldito Amor

9. Good 4 U

10. Queen of Hearts

11. Camino de Guanajuato

12. Before the Next Teardrop Falls

13. De Niña a Mujer

 


  • 12 Apr 2024 in Chicago, IL, US @ House of Blues Chicago

  • 13 Apr 2024 in Indianapolis, IN, US @ Old National Centre

  • 14 Apr 2024 in Pittsburgh, PA, US @ Roxian Theatre

  • 16 Apr 2024 in Cleveland, OH, US @ House of Blues - Cleveland

  • 17 Apr 2024 in Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom

  • 19 Apr 2024 in Toronto, ON, Canada @ History

  • 20 Apr 2024 in Montreal, QC @ Club Soda

  • 21 Apr 2024 in South Burlington, VT, US @ Higher Ground Ballroom

  • 23 Apr 2024 in Portland, ME, US @ State Theatre

  • 24 Apr 2024 in Boston, MA, US @ Big Night Live

  • 26 Apr 2024 in Philadelphia, PA, US @ Theatre of Living Arts (TLA)

  • 27 Apr 2024 in Asbury Park, NJ, US @ Asbury Lanes

  • 28 Apr 2024 in New York (NYC), NY, US @ Irving Plaza Powered 

  • 30 Apr 2024 in Silver Spring, MD, US @ The Fillmore Silver Spring

  • 2 May 2024 in Atlanta, GA, US @ Center Stage Theater

  • 3 May 2024 in St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheater - Backyard Stage

  • 4 May 2024 in Orlando, FL, US @ House of Blues Orlando

  • 5 May 2024 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, US @ Revolution Live

  • 23 Jun 2024 in Zürich, Switzerland @ Saal, Dynamo

  • 26 Jun 2024 in Wiesbaden, Germany @ Schlachthof Wiesbaden

  • 28 Jun 2024 in Vienna, Austria @ Arena Wien

  • 30 Jun 2024 in Ysselsteyn, NL @ Jera On Air

  • 2 Jul 2024 in Paris, France @ La Machine du Moulin Rouge

  • 4 Jul 2024 in Berlin, Germany @ Astra Kulturhaus

 

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