Featuring songwriter / bassist Joel Tannenbaum from the legendary (and recently reunited) Plow United, as well as noted punk artist JP Flexner on drums, Rules was recorded by Vince Ratti (None More Black, The Wonder Years, Tigers Jaw) and will be released on vinyl in early 2014 by Paper + Plastick. A CD version of the record – which the band will have on tour – will see a January 8th street date via Creep Records.
However, no need for all you fans of gritty, kinetic pop punk to wait that long: Rules For Making Up Words is out now digitally on iTunes and Amazon. Additionally, you can stream the record in its entirety courtesy of our friends at Punknews.org.
Rules For Making Up Words is Ex Friends’ first proper long player and the follow up to 2013’s Twisted Around EP on Yo Yo Records and No Wonder We Prefer The Dark, which was released in 2012 on Paper + Plastick.
JAN 03 – Baltimore, MD, @ The Sidebar w/ Teen Agers, Ma Jolie, Divided Heaven, Toy Store Riot
JAN 04 – Washington, DC @ Casa Fiesta
JAN 05 – Durham, NC @ Motorco w/ Headfirst for Halos, Awkward Friends
JAN 06 – Atlanta, GA @ The Music Room
JAN 07 – Orlando, FL @ The Local Bar and Grill w/The New Lows, Lob Law, Paper Dolls, Dry Spell
JAN 08 – Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem w/No Statik, Asshole Parade
JAN 09 – Gainesville, FL @ 1982
JAN 10 – Greensville, SC @ House Show w/Rubrics, People of Mars
JAN 11 – Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone w/Radio Reds, No Anger Control
JAN 12 – Alexandria, VA @ The Lab w/ Braceface, Teen Agers, Divided Heaven
Ex Friends is a shoebox filled with old letters, photographs and cassette tapes. You find it under your bed as you’re packing up and getting ready to move out of the house you’ve lived in for the last five years. You are afraid to open it, but you do anyway. Inside are people and places you thought you’d forgotten. There’s a letter from Joel Tannenbaum. You know … Joel from Plow United, that punk band from the Philly suburbs back in the 1990s. There are some drawings from JP Flexner, the guy who designed all those t-shirts you used to wear. And look – there’s Audrey Crash from all those West Philly basement bands. And she’s standing next to Jayme Guokas. What’s he doing here? You’d best settle in; it’s gonna be a long, weird afternoon.
Ex Friends is also a Philadelphia punk band formed in 2011 whose two 7″ EPs have received glowing reviews in Punk News, Razorcake and elsewhere. They’ve shared stages with The Dead Milkmen, Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg, The Smoking Popes, Screaming Females, HR (Bad Brains), Night Birds and many more. With their debut LP, Rules For Making Up Words, out now on Paper+Plastick and plenty of touring planned for the year ahead, Ex Friends is ready to kick and scream and bleed until the lights go out for good.