By now, everyone knows Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
as the all-star-punk-rock supergroup-cover-band that exploded on the scene in the 90's, and made every other shitty pop punk band's ironic covers obsolete with their debut Have a Ball
. They've since tackled almost every genre under the sun, with albums of show tunes, R&B jams, classics from the 50s and 60s, pop hits, cheesy mom-favorites, country songs and most recently a slew of songs by Australians for their 2011 EP entitled Go Down Under
. Well, never ones to rest on their laurels, the boys from the Gimmes are back with their most ambitious project to date, one that takes them far from the dingy back rooms of suburban roadhouse karaoke bars, halfway around the world to the clean, brightly lit karaoke bars of Tokyo. That's right folks, Spike, Mike, Joey, Chris and Dave are back and this time shit's gotten positively Japanese with the latest EP Me First and The Gimme Gimmes Sing In Japanese
! And not since American Ninja
has Japanese culture been so thoroughly beaten at its own game.
An amalgam of LA's finest punk bands and seasoned bluegrass musicians, Old Man Markley
is creating music that defies boundaries. Founded in 2007 in the sunny San Fernando Valley, OMM cut its teeth playing countless jams of bluegrass standards and covers of distinctly un-bluegrass songs done bluegrass style. Soon, out of the chaos grew original material that combined everything the band loved about all the different styles of music the members grew up playing and writing.