Semi-Famous Announce Debut Album “Destroy Ourselves”

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From the mind of John “Jughead” Pierson (Screeching Weasel / Even In Blackouts / The Mopes / The Mitochondriacs), comes the creation of Semi-Famous, the fictional band from his 2001 book, Weasels In A Box. Now, over 20 years later, it’s being re-released on paperback and audiobook for the very first time. Voiced by Jughead himself, along with the band’s debut full-length, Destroy Ourselves, which will be released on July 26th via Rare Bird Records with vinyl pre-orders now available for bone opaque and standard black vinyl.

In January of 2022, Jughead and friend Ryan Rockwell (Mixtapes) decided to work together and return to writing pop-punk songs after both of their long absences from the scene. They penned a song called Middle School Monster in the style of Screeching Weasel‘s High School Psychopath. They brought along singer & guitarist Billy Brown (Crash and Burn / Ashers / The Unseen) and drummer Tyson Cornell (Scooby Don’t) and recorded a two-song 7-inch. Side B’s I Want, was written by musician Grim Deeds and piano was played by Japanese-based musician Nanako Nishio.


The recording of the two songs went so well that it was decided to make Semi-Famous an actual band. The group recruited producer Mass Giorgini to master it and Lookout! Records co-founder and artist Christopher Appelgren designed the cover. Semi-Famous spontaneously sprung into being with their first EP release, Collective Mindlessness. To fill out the sound they recruited singer & guitarist Poli van Dam (Bombpops / The Poli Van Dam Band). In December 2022, they converged in LA with engineer Zach Kibbee and recorded fourteen new songs inspired by the classic pop-punk movement they had helped to create and propagate, and Destroy Ourselves was born!

“One of my most favorite periods of Screeching Weasel was during the rehearsal for Wiggle. Ben would introduce a new song, and then since he was not playing an instrument at that time he would leave. Then me, Johnny Personality, Dan Panic, and Dan Vapid would spend the rest of the time rehearsing the songs and also playing around, having fun. We loved playing together. So when writing songs in the genre of early pop-punk for Semi-Famous, I definitely wanted Vapid to write a song for us. He penned ‘Clown In The Window.’ And we replicated it exactly from his audio file and video rehearsal sent to us.” (John “Jughead” Pierson)