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Lagwagon in 2007
Lagwagon in 2007
Background information
OriginGoleta, California, U.S.
GenresPunk rock, skate punk, melodic hardcore
Years active1989–present
LabelsFat Wreck Chords
MembersJoey Cape
Chris Flippin
Dave Raun
Chris Rest
Joe Raposo
Past membersShawn Dewey
Derrick Plourde (deceased)
Jesse Buglione
Ken Stringfellow

Lagwagon is an American punk rock band originally from Goleta, California, just outside Santa Barbara. They formed in 1989, went on hiatus in 2000, and reunited several times over the years. Their name comes from the band's tour van, which can be seen on the back cover of their 1994 second album Trashed.

The band has 12 releases through Fat Wreck Chords: nine studio albums, one EP, one live album and a collection of B-sides, compilation tracks and demos. Lagwagon has never had, nor have they seemed to pursue, strong mainstream success, but they do have a devoted underground following in North America, Europe and Asia. Their moderate success reflected a growing interest in punk rock during the 1990s, along with fellow California bands Rancid, Green Day and The Offspring. Their song "May 16" was also featured in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2.[1]


The band's logo

Lagwagon originally started under the name Section 8 but were dissatisfied with the name because multiple other bands were already using it. According to the liner notes of the re-release of Duh, it was Fat Mike's idea to switch to Lagwagon based on the already written song of the same name about the band's unreliable touring van. After signing to Fat Mike's label Fat Wreck Chords, Lagwagon released their debut album for the label, Duh, in 1992. Frontman Joey Cape commented on how the album was made, "Back then, we were inexperienced in the studio. It was less about the recording process and more about rehearsing. We recorded and mixed Duh in 4 days. There's something to be said for a budget. You have to have your shit together before you go into the studio and the end result is a record that better reflects the band's sound at the time."[quote citation needed] Two years later, Lagwagon released Trashed, their second record on Fat, which turned out to be highly successful, leading to the eventual production of a video for "Island of Shame." During this time, a number of punk bands, such as Green Day, The Offspring and Rancid, had hit the mainstream and Lagwagon turned down offers to join several major labels. Hoss, the third Lagwagon album, was released on November 21, 1995. After the release of that album and an extensive tour in Europe, Australia, and Japan, both guitarist Shawn Dewey and drummer Derrick Plourde would leave the band and be replaced temporarily by Kenneth Stringfellow (The Posies) on guitar, and permanently by Dave Raun (RKL) on drums. Shawn Dewey, already in the side project band Buck Wild on Lobster Records would go on to release two full-length LPs, Beat Me Silly and Full Metal Overdrive, and do two European tours with Good Riddance and Ten Foot Pole.

After two more albums, Double Plaidinum and Let's Talk About Feelings, the band went on indefinite hiatus in 2000, due to all members working on side projects. Lagwagon resurfaced in 2002, and released their sixth album Blaze the following year. In 2004, frontman Joey Cape released a split album with No Use for a Name vocalist Tony Sly featuring acoustic versions of songs by both bands. On November 1, 2005, Lagwagon released Resolve, which is a homage to the life of Derrick Plourde, original drummer for Lagwagon and Bad Astronaut.

In 2008, Lagwagon released an EP titled I Think My Older Brother Used to Listen to Lagwagon. Despite earlier reports that the band would begin recording their next full-length studio album by 2009,[2] Lagwagon had gone on hiatus from touring and writing again, due to Cape launching a solo career, releasing Bridge in 2008 and Doesn't Play Well with Others in 2010.[3]

In January 2010, Joey Cape announced during an interview with Canada's Exclaim! magazine[4] that Jesse Buglione had left Lagwagon, having been with the band since its foundation in 1990. However, Cape dismissed rumors of Lagwagon breaking up. While he was not sure if Lagwagon would record a new album or embark on another full-scale tour, he said that he was open to playing shows and possibly recording and releasing new Lagwagon songs sporadically.[5] Jesse Buglione confirmed his departure on Lagwagon's official message board himself, as reported by[6] and[7] Lagwagon toured with No Use for a Name that summer.[8] In an interview with Joey Cape, revealed former RKL bassist Joe Raposo is Lagwagon's new bassist.[9] In a June 2011 interview with ExploreMusic however, Joey Cape said that things didn't work out with Raposo, and the band is testing a new bassist.[10] After first announcing Patrick Solem as the new bass player in August 2011, the band decided that Raposo would remain in the band permanently.

On September 22, 2011, Fat Wreck announced they would be re-issuing expanded editions of the first five albums on CD, vinyl, and digital download.[11] The albums were available both separately and in a box set titled Putting Music In Its Place. The reissues were released November 22, 2011, with a short line-up of concerts in the U.S. played in December and January, and a European tour following in April 2012. As of October 2012, Lagwagon is headlining a full U.S. tour titled The Fat Tour 2012, with Dead To Me, The Flatliners, and Useless ID as support.

Vocalist Joey Cape performing with Lagwagon in 2014

In October 2012, Joey Cape stated that there will be a new Lagwagon album, which will be their first since 2005's Resolve.[12] While details and release dates are not yet known, the band announced on its Twitter feed that songs are being written for a new album. The September 22 Tweet reads, "Writing, writing, writing. New album... It's gonna happen!" [13]

The band recorded their eighth album, Hang, with Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore at The Blasting Room, Ft Collins, CO. The album was released on October 28, 2014, and debuted at #95 on the Billboard 200.

On October 4, 2019, the band released their ninth studio album Railer, with the lead single being "Bubble". To support the new release, a tour was announced with Face to Face as a co-headlining event.

Current members[edit]

  • Joey Cape – vocals (1990–present)
  • Chris Flippin – guitar (1990–present)
  • Dave Raun – drums (1996–present)
  • Chris Rest – guitar (1997–present)
  • Joe Raposo – bass (2010–present)

Former members[edit]

Touring members[edit]



Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Label Format Other information
1992 Duh Fat Wreck Chords CD/LP
1994 Trashed CD/LP
1995 Hoss CD/LP Last album recorded with guitarist Shawn Dewey and drummer Derrick Plourde.
1997 Double Plaidinum CD/LP First album recorded with drummer Dave Raun. Only album to feature guitarist Ken Stringfellow
1998 Let's Talk About Feelings CD/LP First album recorded with guitarist Chris Rest
2003 Blaze CD/LP
2005 Resolve CD/LP Last album recorded with bassist Jesse Buglione.
2014 Hang CD/LP First album recorded with bassist Joe Raposo.
2019 Railer CD/LP


Year Title Label Format Other information
1992 Tragic Vision b/w Angry Days Fat Wreck Chords 7"
1994 Brown Eyed Girl Hard Records 7" Split single with Jughead's Revenge
2000 A Feedbag of Truckstop Poetry Fat Wreck Chords 7"
2008 I Think My Older Brother Used to Listen to Lagwagon CD/EP Final recording with bassist Jesse Buglione.

Box sets[edit]

Year Title Label Format Other information
2011 Putting Music In Its Place Fat Wreck Chords CD/LP Remastered versions of Duh, Trashed, Hoss, Double Plaidinum, and Let's Talk About Feelings (all featuring b-sides, demos and acoustic versions that were partially unreleased before), as well as a Live-DVD.

Other releases[edit]

Year Title Label Format Other information
2000 Let's Talk About Leftovers My Records / Fat Wreck Chords CD/LP Compilation of rare and previously unreleased tracks.
2005 Live in a Dive Fat Wreck Chords CD/LP Live album

Singles and music videos[edit]

  • "Island of Shame" from Trashed
  • "Razor Burn" from Hoss
  • "Falling Apart" from Blaze
  • "Heartbreaking Music" from Resolve
  • "Made of Broken Parts" from Hang
  • "Bubble" from Railer
  • "Surviving California" from Railer
  • "Stealing Light" from Railer



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  2. ^ "Lagwagon Japanese tour dates, new LP rumour". October 26, 2008. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  3. ^ "Site Map | – Press-Enterprise". Archived from the original on January 31, 2013. Retrieved January 10, 2008.
  4. ^ "Lagwagon's Joey Cape". Archived from the original on January 29, 2010. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  5. ^ "Joey Cape comments on Lagwagon's future, status of bassist Jesse Buglione". Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  6. ^ "Lagwagon bassist speaks". Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  7. ^ "Jesse from Lagwagon talks about his departure". Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  8. ^ "No Use For A Name and Lagwagon heading to Europe, new NUFAN album planned". Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  9. ^ "Joey Cape on". May 20, 2010. Archived from the original on November 20, 2014. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  10. ^ "Joey Cape (Lagwagon) interview at Rockfest 2011". YouTube. June 27, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  11. ^ "LAGWAGON REISSUES + BOX SET! Out November 22 – News: Fat Wreck Chords". Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  12. ^ "Joey Cape confirms new Lagwagon album". October 22, 2012. Retrieved October 26, 2012.
  13. ^ "Lagwagon Twitter". Lagwagon Twitter Account. Retrieved October 11, 2012.

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