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New Fathers Day Album Finds Douglas Patton Losing His Grip on Reality

Whether you're going through a midlife crisis (complete with the ponytail and motorcycle) or you don't know how to deal with the fact that your son is gay (gasp! I knew he shouldn't have gone to art school!) Fathers Day knows how you feel. But more so than usual, the thrash punk band's frontman, Douglas Patton, seems to be slowly loosening his grip on reality.

Now in his early 50s, Patton's tongue-in-cheek musings on life as a dad have devolved into nearly eight-minute dirges swearing off ever taking his kids to "Disney World." This, and songs such as "My Daughter's a Slut" and "My Son's a Gay" come from the band's upcoming sixth full-length album, That's It!

The follow-up to 2013's Life is tighter, more frantic, and more of the enraged fatherly wisdom all of us dread to ever parrot, such as "Turn Your Music Down" and "You Can't Do Anything Right." The other dads in the band include Frank Brando (a.k.a. "Golf Dad") on guitar, Ronny Hayweather (a.k.a. "Step Dad") on bass, and Tony Sykes (a.k.a. "Olympic Sports Dad") on drums.

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Troy Farah is an independent journalist and documentary field producer. He has worked with VICE, Fusion, LA Weekly, Golf Digest, BNN, Tucson Weekly, and Phoenix New Times.
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