Bosstones Go Indie, Pull 'Jackknife'

Following four studio albums and a live set on Mercury, ska punks the Mighty Mighty Bosstones are heading back to their independent label roots. Come July 9, the Boston-based band will release "A Jack

Following four studio albums and a live set on Mercury, ska punks the Mighty Mighty Bosstones are heading back to their independent label roots. Come July 9, the Boston-based band will release "A Jackknife to a Swan" via Los Angeles indie SideOneDummy Records.

"Having spent as many years as we have in the corporate system and fighting it from all directions, it's nice to be in a house where the owners understand who we are and let us call it home," Bosstones singer Dicky Barrett said in a statement. Prior to signing to Mercury to release 1993's "Don't Know How To Party," the Bosstones released two albums via the Boston-based indie Taang! label.

Produced by John Seymour (Sick Of It All), the 13-track "A Jackknife to a Swan" is said to capture the group's signature sound. Among the tracks on the set are "Everybody's Better," "Seven Ways," "City," and "Go Big." Two cuts, "Sugar Free" and "Mr. Moran," can be heard on the SideOneDummy Web site. "Sugar Free" also appears on the label's 24-track "Dragging the Lake" compilation for Atticus clothing. Due May 7, the set also features tracks by Jimmy Eat World, Blink-182, Alkaline Trio, Rival Schools, and Sugarcult.

When "Jackknife" is released, the Bosstones will be in the midst of their co-headlining stint on the Vans Warped Tour '02. That 47-city run will kick off June 21 in Nampa, Idaho, and last through an Aug. 18 finale in Detroit. As previously reported, Bad Religion and NOFX are the tour's other co-headliners, while a rotating lineup of 50 bands will perform on the outing's various stages throughout the run. For detailed artist rosters for each city, visit the tour's official Web site.

Prior to the U.S. Warped run, the Bosstones will perform throughout Europe on the Deconstruction Tour. Also featuring No Use For A Name, H20, and Flogging Molly, that 14-date run kicks off May 25 in Switzerland and lasts through a June 9 stop in Lisbon.

Here are Mighty Mighty Bosstones tour dates:

Deconstruction tour:
May 25: Winterthur, Switzerland (Sulzer Halle)
May 26: Bologna, Italy (Made In Bo)
May 28: Vienna (Arena)
May 29: Prague (Stvanice Island Skate Festival)
May 30: Berlin (Columbiahalle)
May 31: Tilburg, Holland (013)
June 1: Trier, Germany (Messehalle)
June 2: Dusseldorf, Germany (Philipshalle)
June 3: London (Finsbury Park)
June 4: Glasgow (S.E.C.C.)
June 5: Leicester, England (Princess Charlotte)
June 7: Hossegor, France (Salle Des Bourdaines)
June 8: Madrid (Plaza de Toros La Cubierta)
June 9: Lisbon (Sony Parco)

Vans Warped Tour '02:
June 20: Bozeman, Ore. (Gallatin County Fairgrounds; rehearsal)
June 21: Nampa, Idaho (Idaho Center Amphitheatre)
June 22: Salt Lake City (Fairpark Grass Mall)
June 23: Brighton, Colo. (Adams County Fairground)
June 25: Omaha, Neb. (Westfare Amphitheater Lot)
June 26: St. Louis, Mo. (Riverport Amphitheatre Lot)
June 27: Bonner Springs, Kan. (Sandstone Amphitheatre Lot)
June 28: Dallas (Smirnoff Music Center Lot)
June 29: Houston (Reliant Center)
June 30: San Antonio, Texas (Verizon Wireless Center)
July 2: Phoenix (Peoria Sports Complex)
July 3: Chula Vista, Calif. (Coors Amphitheatre Lot)
July 5: Las Vegas (Thomas & Mack Center Lot)
July 6: Soda Springs, Calif. (Boreal Ski Area)
July 7: Fresno, Calif. (AG World Center)
July 10-11: Los Angeles (Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum)
July 12: Ventura, Calif. (Seaside Park)
July 13-14: San Francisco (Pier 30-32)
July 17: Calgary (Race City Speedway)
July 19: Vancouver (Thunderbird Stadium)
July 20: George, Wash. (Gorge Amphitheatre)
July 22: Billings, Mon. (Oscar Park Amphitheater)
July 23: Fargo, N.D. (Fargo Dome Field)
July 24: Milwaukee, Wis. (Marcus Amphitheater Lot)
July 25: Noblesville, Ind. (Verizon Wireless Music Center)
July 26: Cleveland (Tower City Amphitheater)
July 27: Tinley Park, Ill. (Tweeter Center)
July 28: Minneapolis (Harriet Island)
July 30: Columbus, Ohio (Promo West Pavilion)
July 31: Cincinnati (Riverbend Music Center)
Aug. 1: Atlanta (Hi Fi Buys Amphitheatre)
Aug. 2: Orlando, Fla. (Lee Vista)
Aug. 3: Miami (Pompano Beach Amphitheater)
Aug. 4: Tampa, Fla. (USF Soccer Field)
Aug. 5: Jacksonville, Fla. (Jacksonville Raceways)
Aug. 6: Charlotte, N.C. (Verizon Wireless Pavilion)
Aug. 7: Virginia Beach, Va. (Verizon Amphitheatre Lot)
Aug. 8: Bristow, Va. (Nissan Pavilion Lot)
Aug. 9: Camden, N.J. (Tweeter Entertainment Center)
Aug. 10: New York (Randall's Island)
Aug. 11: Asbury Park, N.J. (Asbury Park Lot)
Aug. 13: Pittsburgh (Post Gazette Pavilion)
Aug. 14: Buffalo, N.Y. (La Salle Park)
Aug. 15: Boston (Suffolk Downs)
Aug. 16: Montreal (Parc Jean Drapeau)
Aug. 17: Toronto (Molson Park)
Aug. 18: Detroit (Comerica Park)