Mean Jeans
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Mean Jeans

Portland, Oregon, United States

Portland, Oregon, United States
Band Pop Punk


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Stoned To The Bone 7" (Rehab Records)
License 2 Chill 7" (Dirtnap Records)
Are You Serious LP (Dirtnap Records)
Tears In My Beers 7" (Trouble In Mind Records)
Mean Jeans/White Wires split 7" (Dirtnap Records)
Mean Jeans/White Wires covers split 7" (P. Trash Records)
new LP coming in 2011 on Dirtnap!



THE MEAN JEANS are the kids that live down the street that blare the Ramones and the Angry Samoans late at night while they are playing “Edward 40s Hands” (that’s the game where a 40 is duct-taped to each hand, making it difficult to urinate until they are consumed). They have 3 things in their refrigerator: ketchup, beer and slime.

THE MEAN JEANS were born when, at the ripe ages of 23 and 24, Jeans Wilder (skins, vox and smokes) and Billy Jeans (vox, riffs and spliffs) started playing their parent's DC-area basements in the winter of 2006. They grew another member, Howie Doodat (AKA Jean Jeans on the bass guitar), after moving to Portland a year later. They’ve been pounding out drunken headbanging seshes across the US since then. This doesn’t count the Chattanooga Tennessee stop, where high schoolers stole their spot and played Blink 182 songs for over an hour. The Miller High Life wasn't getting them drunk at all, and the guy who "booked" the show was weeping in his sister’s arms.

Now THE JEANS have records on Dirtnap, Trouble In Mind, P. Trash, and Rehab Records.

From what the band remembers, they recorded their own damn record with the help of ghost-producer, Billy Grippo. Qross has a killer hair-do and recorded Are You Serious as well as the Spits “Vol IV.” The 2” tapes that contained the sonic abuse of THE MEAN JEANS debut long-player were almost lost for eternity in Qross’ couch cushions but were uncovered by some girl named Courtney.

The 13 garage pop tunes of Are You Serious harkens back to the Lookout! Records of the early ‘90s, when pop-punk meant snotty low-brow 3 chord goodness and not glossy soundtracks to mall strolls. Like any good Creatin’s soundtrack, the “songs about partying” vs. “songs about girls” ratio leans fully toward PBR fueled pogo punk. Pitchfork says THE MEAN JEANS “comes over like the Ramones mixed with a pinch of Joan Jett’s classic "Bad Reputation" and makes you want to slam dance with its guitar riffs and rollicking drumbeats.”