Joey Cape might be among Punk’s busiest purveyors, with diverse projects like Bad Astronaut, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Afterburner, The Playing Favorites and Bad Loud, as well as his solo acoustic pursuits. But Cape’s longest standing and best-known band is obviously Lagwagon, one of the original Punk/Pop groups that emerged from the early ’90s California scene.
Lagwagon formed in 1990 (christened with the same name as its tour van), signed with the Fat Wreck Chords label and released its debut, Duh, in 1992. The quintet is widely credited with helping to spearhead what came to be known as the Fat Wreck sound, a combination of Pop melodicism, guitar mastery and double clutched drumming.
The success of 1994’s Trashed and the rise of similarly spirited bands like Green Day, Offspring and Rancid created major-label buzz, but Lagwagon refused to jump ship. The band remains with FWC to this day. Even with a brief two-year hiatus, which resulted in a five-year gap between 1998’s Let’s Talk About Feelings and 2003’s Blaze, Lagwagon still maintains a rabidly loyal fan base.
The band’s last studio release was 2008’s I Think My Older Brother Used to Listen to Lagwagon, an EP that served as its farewell to founding bassist Jesse Buglione; his replacement is Rich Kids on LSD’s Joe Raposo. Last November, FWC reissued expanded versions of Lagwagon’s first five albums, available individually or bundled together as Putting Music In Its Place, a box set that also includes a rarities disc and a live DVD. This current tour has reignited hope that the Punk pioneers are ready to write a new chapter after an incredible 22-year run.
LAGWAGON performs Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Thompson House in Newport with Dead to Me, The Flatliners and Useless ID. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.