Podcast – ORP Session #31: Joey Cape (Lagwagon, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes)

In Session 31 I get to talk to Joey Cape, the lead singer of Lagwagon. He’s also in Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, as well as releasing music and touring as a solo artist. I had so much fun talking to him about the upcoming Lagwagon record “Railer” and just listening to what he has to share after more than 30 years of experience as a songwriter, musician, producer and member of one of the most influential punk rock bands of all time. I hope you enjoy this relaxed conversation as much as I did!

In this episode you’ll discover:

…how long Lagwagon actually exists

…that Lagwagon are terrible about anniversaries

…how long it took to write and produce their new record „Railer“

…why „Railer“ sounds like a „classic Lagwagon record“

…why it can be worth trying to limit yourself and work within time restraints

…what the different between a producer and an engineer is

…what it means to make a „Joey record“

…what the lyrics of „Railer“ and „Let Me Know When You Give Up“ are about

…how Joey approaches writing lyrics and why having his writing partner, Asher Simon, is so important to him

…what writer’s block often really means and how you can overcome it

…what „Railer“ actually means

…what Joey’s introduction to punk rock was like

…how the punk rock scene changed over the years in Joey’s opinion

…how Joey happened to become a singer

…which top 3 songs Joey would put on a cover record

And much more…


Links & info to all the stuff we’re talking about in this episode:


Lagwagon Website

Lagwagon on Facebook

Lagwagon on Instagram

“Railer” Pre-order (out October 4th, 2019)

“Railer” EU/UK Pre-order (out October 4th, 2019)

Lagwagon tour dates

Joey Cape:

Joey Cape Bandcamp

“Let Me Know When You Give Up” (released July 5th, 2019)

“Let Me Know When You Give Up” (released July 5th, 2019) (EU store)

One Week Records

Outback Recordings / Benedikt Hain:

My website – Outback Recordings/Benedikt Hain

Benedikt Hain – Producer, Mixer, Engineer on Facebook

Outback Recordings on Facebook

Benedikt Hain on Instagram

The Self-Recording Band:

TSRB website

TSRB community (free DIY-recording Facebook group!)

TSRB Facebook

TSRB Instagram

The Ultimate 10-Step Guide To Successful DIY-Recording

My bands:

Brightest Day, Bridges Left Burning

Bands we’ve mentioned in the episode:

Dead Kennedys, Descendents, Sex Pistols, Black Flag, Urban Assault, The Beatles, Elliott Smith, Tom Petty

Other people we’ve mentioned in the episode:

Cameron Webb (producer/engineer “Railer”), Asher Simon (Joey’s co-writer / writing partner)

Thank you Miro Tommack for editing and mixing this podcast!

If you have questions, suggestions, ideas or guest requests, please send an email to:


Thanks for listening!