In celebration of their new greatest hits album and their appearance at Punk Rock Bowling, Me First & The Gimme Gimes’ frontman Spike Slawson has spoken exclusively to Vive Le Rock!
Now in its 19th year, Punk Rock Bowling returns to Las Vegas with an all-star punk-rock bill.
Taking place from 27 to 29 May the downtown outdoor festival features sets from IGGY POP, BAD RELIGION, COCK SPARRER, ME FIRST & THE GIMME GIMMES, PENNYWISE, FIDLAR, DISCHARGE, THE ADICTS, BOUNCING SOULS, OFF!, THE INTERRUPTERS, THE DICKIES, BOOZE & GLORY and more….
Kicking off on 26 May, there are also individual late night club shows from TELEVISION, THE SONICS, GIUDA, RIVERBOAT GAMBLERS, SCREAM, THE VANDALS, MUNICIPAL WASTE and loads more….
Full details and tickets are available here.
Me First this week release a career-spanning retrospective Rake It In: The Greatest Hits, compiling all their favourite songs on one record. Set for release on Friday 7 April, if you pre-order the digital album from iTunes or Bandcamp, you’ll immediately get an instant download of ‘City Of New Orleans’. It will also be available from the Fat Wreck webstore. Read our Q&A with Spike below….
So how was your recent U.K tour? What do you like most about coming to the U.K?
I enjoy watching the final stages of the UK’s transformation from far-reaching, iron-fisted empire to a cultural and economic backwater. I’d like to think that American reality TV culture had something to do with it. You’re welcome.
Playing Punk Rock Bowling must be a lot different to the usual theatre and club shows. What have you got planned for PRB?
Steady as she goes. When you’ve got a winning formula (hit songs, great outfits, scintillating onstage banter, matching guitars…), you stay the course. Our plans for after the set is to watch the master (Iggy) at work. I am also planning to don a quinceañera dress and a cowboy hat, and recite my poetry through a bullhorn on Fremont St. You might want to miss that.
You have covered quite a few big stars who have played Vegas. Any special songs coming up in the set?
Every song that we lovingly render is special in its own unique way. Everytime we play one it’s like we’re hearing it for the first time, whether we’re in Vegas, or Reno.
Are Me First gambling kind of guys?
Everytime we mount a stage, we gamble with the prospect that we’ll be laughed out of town. So far, the only place that’s happened was in Pittsburgh.
This will be our first time in Las Vegas. What would you recommend we check out?
The Liberace Museum. East Fremont St is still kinda seedy. Thrift stores (people lose all their money, and sell everything they own).
What 3 essential things will you be taking to Punk Rock Bowling and Las Vegas?
Energy, passion, and intensity (maybe a humidifier).
Here’s Me First performing at PRB in 2015.
Me First & The Gimme Gimmes on Facebook