Fat Wreck Chords will release Hi-Standard’s I’m A Rat 7″ picture disc. It’ll feature a cover artwork on side A, while the photo of Akira Tusuneoka will decorate side B. You can pre-order a picture disc HERE.
Fat Mike said: “This 7” means more to me than anyone can know. When NOFX first played with Hi-Standard in 1995 in Tokyo, we became lifelong friends. I flew them out to SF in 95 and produced their first album. Then NOFX took them on tour for the next year. We were more than close. Hi-Standard are a band that I am truly proud of. What people don’t know is that at one point they were the fucking biggest selling band on Fat Wreck Chords. They are the only FAT band that can sell out STADIUMS!
This 7″ is not about that. This 7″ is about the last song Hi-Standard ever recorded with their drummer Akira Tsuneoka. What a sweet talented man. He always had a smile on his face, and he was always the first to be in the studio. He was an amazing drummer and he will be missed by all who knew him.
I hope you’re hangin out with Bohnam, Barnes, and Moon up in drummer hell! Will never forget you Tsune…. RIP”