Lagwagon is a punk rock and American punk skate band from Goleta, California.
The group is initially formed in 1988 as Section 8 in Goleta, California. The band is not happy with his singer. Indeed, Section 8 had recorded a four-title with Joey Cape, which was according to the best singing members. After his girlfriend left for the Section 8 singer, Joey Cape agrees to join the band. In 1990, the group changed its name, as many groups in California are called Section 8. Among 200 different names, they choose Lagwagon (literally "van traine" ) in memory of the van used by the group for a tour (van always broken down). After regular tours, several CDs and the voice of Joey Cape, Lagwagon manages to come out of anonymity, helped by faithful fans who have sometimes supported them for 10 years. 1992 marks a turning point for Lagwagon, as they win a contract with Fat Wreck Chords, becoming the second group of the label after NOFX.
In 2005, former drummer Derrick Plourde, a friend of Joey Cape, commits suicide. The album Resolve is a tribute to this former Lagwagon member: the album was composed and recorded in about ten days, very shortly after the death of Derrick. The song Sad Astronaut takes its name from the project of Joey Cape in which he participated, Bad Astronaut. In parallel to Lagwagon, Joey Cape devotes himself to many parallel projects, like The Playing Favorites (with former accomplices of Bad Astronaut) whose first album leaves in December 2007. In 2008, Lagwagon publishes an EP entitled I Think My Older Brother Used to Listen to Lagwagon. Despite several announcements that the band would record a new album by 2009>, Lagwagon still withdraws from the tour and recordings, because of Cape's solo career, which will release his album Bridge in 2008 and Does not Play Well with Others in 2010.
In January 2010, Joey Cape announces the departure Jesse Buglione>. However, Cape denies any rumor about Lagwagon's separation. Not sure that the band could record a new album or do another large-scale tour, he explains that Lagwagon could do some gigs and publish some songs. Jesse Buglione confirms his departure from Lagwagon as reported by sputnikmusic.com and punknews.org. Lagwagon runs with No Use for a Name this summer>. Joey Cape, reveals the identity of their new bassist Joe Raposo>. In June 2011, Cape explains that nothing goes as planned with Raposo, and that the group is testing a new bassist. On September 22, 2011, Fat Wreck announced the reissue of their first five albums in CD, vinyl, and paid download formats. The albums are published individually and also grouped in a box called Putting Music In Its Place; each album features new songs, demos and acoustic versions, bringing the number of tracks to a total of 141 songs. The reissues are published on November 22, 2011. In October 2012, Cape announces a new album of Lagwagon album, their first since Resolve in 2005>.