Introducing The Fleshies

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"Fiery straight-laced punk rock that can peel the tacky wallpaper off your parents’ walls...Hands down, the Fleshies deliver a solid classic sounding punk record here which is much harder to find these days." -- The Fire Note

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MAY 2 CORVALLIS, OR at @Mudville Stadium w/Megazillionaire, Dumb Luck
MAY 3 TACOMA, WA at Jankuland w/Bad Sleep, Quid Quo
MAY 4 SEATTLE, WA at Victory Lounge w/@Clarko, The Scoffs
MAY 5 PORTLAND, OR at Tonic Lounge w/Divers, Daydream (PDX record release)
MAY 9 SAN FRANCISCO, CA at The Knockout w/Meat Market, Nopes, Difficult (Bay Area record release)
MAY 10 LONG BEACH, CA at 4th and Vine w/Toys That Kill, Susan
MAY 11 SAN DIEGO, CA at kensington club w/Stalins of Sound, Santa Ana Knights, Russian Tremors
MAY 12 LOS ANGELES, CA at The Smell w/Dimber, Marriage Material, Honda Daze

FLESHIES (est. 1999) are a loud punk band from Oakland, California. They are noted for their intense, wild, and often homoerotic stage presence, abrasive-yet-catchy songs that warp and invert countless rock and punk tropes, radical (verging on wingnut) left-wing politics, and punishing tour schedules from the past (133 shows in 131 days at one point in 2003). They have released numerous well-received albums and singles on labels such as Alternative Tentacles, Recess, Life Is Abuse, Thrillhouse, and Adeline, and are on countless compilations (such as MaximumRocknRoll’s “Noise Ordinance” LP).

“Introducing The Fleshies” (Dirt Cult Records), the band’s new full-length album, represents a return to form, capturing the energy, raw power, incisive lyrical commentary/humor, and brutalist melodicism of their earlier releases like “Kill The Dreamer’s Dream” (2001) and “The Sicilian” (2003). Recorded and engineered by Brian Plaskett, mastered by Daniel Husayn (North London Bomb Factory). (The) Fleshies are Mattowar, Yvan Kawecki, John No, Brian Plaskett, and Hamiltron (all of whom are original members).

“Fleshies are one of those rare punk treasures that always knows how to kick out the jams live. And while the band labels its genre ‘Mysterious Guy Softcore’ — a play off the once trendy micro-genre of Mysterious Guy Hardcore — its sound is anything but. If you're into frenetic, fast-paced rhythms and off-kilter guitar and vocal workouts, expect to receive your just rewards. Singer John No doesn't sit idle during the band's shows; he can often be found working the crowd into a frenzy.” --Eddie Jorgenson, SF Weekly

"These hyperactively yelping Oakland artcore minutemen very much deserve to suck. Yet, somehow, they don't." - Chuck Eddy, Village Voice


released May 3, 2019


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Fleshies Oakland, California

Mysterious Guy Softcore, 1999-present. New LP coming May 2019 on Dirt Cult Records!

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Track Name: NOmaste
You stare, smug and superior
and pretend you're at peace inside
well, there's beautiful darkness outside your detachment
that you've always denied

Namaste, motherfucker
head so deep in your ass
namaste, motherfucker
it's all now and zen

You believe you are your own product
that you made yourself
that all those structures and privileges
that always benefited you
can be transcended by others if they meditate on their bootstraps

You rule the world, so you must be enlightened
you were born that way
well, namaste, motherfucker
we smash your mountain today
Track Name: Comin' To Get Our Cousins
Why are we acting like this is new?
from the white sheet, to the red line
to the murderers dressed in blue

Pop open the suture, let's get to the meat
no one wants to believe they're the bad ones
but no one is separate from history

Now it's time
to come and take you back
we call you our cousins, but you are so much closer than that
you had freedom of choice
and made the choice to be an asshole
now we gotta bring you home
invert your case of Stockholm Syndrome

Have you convinced yourself there's no truth?
that everyone's existence besides your own
is solely out to ruin you?

With your fucking American flag
and your fucking Confederate flag
and your fucking Gadsden flag
flag flag flag flag flag flag fuck your flag

We're coming to take you home
to the shed, in the back
there's no safety in your F-250

You're just another fash from the white working class
pushing down on others
to maintain your meager advantages
fetishizing of security
failure of philosophy
don't start whining at me, cousin
because I know this bullshit is in me, too

And now it's time
to come and take you back
you may be our cousins, but let's not get sentimental
dynamite under your chair
while we all have a chat, it's true
and if that doesn't work we'll light the fuse
and lock ourselves inside with you