News and Album Releases
HITTER ‘6 SONG MINI LP’
Super limited run of 200 records that will not be repressed. All orders ship 08/30/2019
The debut release from Chicago hard rock heathens HITTER features 6 tracks, all filled with an overdose of pounding energy and excitement that'll leave you reaching for the Xanax once the needle finally slides into the dead wax. Recorded live in one 10 hour session to an 8-track Tascam cassette recorder by Taylor Hales (Electrical Audio), this mini-LP is a perfect introduction to the band with the best chance of bringing back the era of the Heavy Metal Parking Lot.
HITTER formed in the year of our Lemmy 2018 by four battle-scarred musicians of the Chicago DIY music scene. Under the influence of heavy metal, tequila, leather and ABBA, Hanna Hazard (vocals), Adam Luksetich (guitar), Ryan Wizniak (drums) and Madalyn Garcia (bass) have created their own unique brand of hard rock ’n’ roll. HITTER hopes to showcase it’s love for hook filled sing-along choruses, perfected by big haired arena rockers, and also the fast and loose riffs and screams of the punks and weirdos who dwell in mildewy basements.
Soon after forming, HITTER self-released it’s debut demo cassette and was playing shows locally with acts like A Giant Dog, Meat Puppets, Oozing Wound and Eyehategod, all while touring circles around the midwest. In the coming months, HITTER will enter Electrical Audio studios to record it’s debut long playing record with hopes of receiving global recognition, instant superstardom and millions of dollars. One things for sure, HITTER will always be barricading the exits, plugging in permanently and cranking all knobs to the right.
“Friday night party tunes with a heavy hitting, fun sexual energy to it.” -Sarah Kitteringham of BangerTV
“‘Born To Rock’ had the most jammin’ groove to it. Almost expected Angus Young to do some leads.” -Fenriz of Darkthrone
The second full length album from Bloomington’s own Evening Standards out June 7th. Super limited to 200 LP’s on vinyl. With members of Future Virgins, Purple 7, Landlord, Fat Shadow and more. This amazinf band is not to be over looked!
A guitar shredding wood artist + English major tarot reader + horror loving librarian = Evening Standards. Formed in the green mush of southern Indiana and fortified by sour beers ‘n’ fried shrimp, ES moves in spaces between 80’s LA punk, riot grrl, and Midwestern basement pop. Big harmonic vocals and heavy riffs peel back to reveal poppy love feels.
Big love and death songs from a southern Indiana triforce of basement pop, WORLD’S END holds calls to action, admissions of failure, and ecstatic parties full of hope. This second album from Evening Standards is a celebration of love, resilience, and chosen family: “You won’t dent the shrine/you’ll heal just fine/blood can only draw one line.” It’s also a fuck you to tired ways of thinking “Didn’t lift a finger/thought it was in the can” and an invitation to righteous anger “I wanna see him go down in flames/I wanna see his head on a plate/I wanna see it on the front page.” It’s heavier, louder, and somehow more delicate. Just put this down and go out, go listen, go up.
Drilling For Blasting ‘Fingers Are The Best Eyes’ LP split release w/ Underground Communique Records. All Orders ship May 3rd! 300 LP’s pressed on translucent blue / clear mix.
It’s distressingly rare to listen to guitar rock without irony — rarer still when a harmonica is periodically involved. So you can imagine how it might take a room by surprise, to find themselves honestly pumping their legs in unison to a two-piece rock band that has more in common with The Who than the White Stripes. Every time you see Drilling for Blasting — and we really hope that you will — there’s that whisper in the back of the room, sometimes a yell, asking “What the fuck is this?” It’s … fun, and a little bit electric, kinda dirty and definitely driving rock and roll. It’s Douglas Ward on guitar and harmonica, Kammy Lee on drums and both trading vocals. It’s the reason you fell in love with music in the first place, and it’s such a relief to be reminded of that. We’ve put out a lot of records, and while we love every one, they’re not for everyone. This is. It comes out of punk rock, but it also comes out of the blues, and what you hear when you listen to it seems to be something like a Rorschach test — it blurs on the edges but always hits you in the gut. We know what it’s like to hear Drilling for Blasting for the first time, and there’s such a joy in it we’re almost jealous you get to now. One word from experience: when you catch yourself enthusiastically shouting out the praises of hickory, it’s okay to crack a smile.
SEVEN NEW TAPES ARE NOW AVAILABLE!
LPR-181 Pout ‘Present & Tense
LPR-182 Yalla Stockings ‘Young Cut’
LPR-183 Early Disclaimers ‘EP 3’
LPR-184 ABC GUM
LPR-185 Thee Open Sex ‘White Horses’
LPR-187 HOWARDIAN ‘The Silly Shit You Say’
LPR-190 Hans Predator / Hyper Tensions ‘SPLIT’
The four wildmen of ABC GUM are collectively responsible for heaps of great Bloomington rock records, with a lineup that boasts members of The Cowboys, The Dancing Cigarettes, Purple 7 and Sir Deja Doog, just to name a few. The New Arcade finds the boys mining sweet rock candy from the sounds of rock'n'roll's past, but tempering it with a darkness that rightfully reflects our present tension. The tunes range from upbeat bubblegum pop to raw garage stompers, and while there are a handful of lighthearted tales on here that recall past pop confections in their celebration of lust and love, you’re just as likely to find the boys feeling downhearted and dejected or conjuring visions of the grave. But even when things get grim or violent the New Arcade still comes off sounding like one big party and finally gives the outside world a glimpse of what Midwestern basement dwellers have been getting down to for the past couple of years.
Limited to 100 tapes pressed on white shells with pink imprint.
This LP is limited to 200 copies and comes with a two color screen printed insert, download code, and black dust sleeve. With this pre-order we are offering several different package deals that include Full Sun’s last album ‘Itch’ for only an extra $5 or include for the first ever Full Sun T-shirt. YOU MUST CLICK THE LINK TO VIEW ALL THE PACKAGE PRE-ORDER DEALS.
THINKIN ABOUT IT is the new full-length from Full Sun, an enduring Bloomington, IN punk band that has existed in various forms for 9 years. Revolving around Jeff Grant’s songs and often his home recordings, various members have come and gone, as have entire local scenes and circles where the band may have briefly fit in. This new album is the first collaboration by a dedicated lineup, consisting of Erin Tobey, Alex Mann, and Cole Champion. The band is tightly dialed-in, with a dual guitar attack bringing depth and chaos when needed. Prior Full Sun releases chart the course here, sounding like a mix tape made to inspire what’s found in THINKIN. Diversions from the straightforward punk tunes can still be found, but they’re contained within the songs themselves rather than the standalone dub experiments or shoegaze tracks.
Although this album laid in waiting for a couple years before being released, it collected no dust. Completed before the current administration took office, and before band members Grant and Tobey had their first child together, the songs sit on the precipice of change, knowing something truly different is just around the corner. The album often looks backward into nostalgia and forward into paranoia, as Grant tries to sort out key moments in between.
ALL ORDERS SHIP FRIDAY JANUARY 11TH!
Engineered by John Curley from The Afghan Whigs at the Ultrasuede Studio in Cincinnati (RIP), the record finds the band at it's most titanic-- with cranked guitars and billowing snare hits as the only constant in an otherwise heterogenous record in terms of songwriting.
The band experiments with some territory previously untouched, with tracks like "Action Road" and "Epileptic Soul" displaying the groups rootsy Petty-esque leanings, and the psychedelic and motorik "Born on a Base" showing the band drawing influence from the likes of Neu/La Dusseldorf. It's a record not short of attitude however-- with blazing tracks like "Broken or Breaking", "Salmonella Candles", and "Taking Out the Trash" offering the groups typical tongue-in-cheek lyrics over catchy punk tunes. As a whole, the record sounds like a group ready for the stadium, if they can only avoid the Miller Lite long enough to get there.
First 200 Sales receive the record on red vinyl with black splatter.
7/26 - Bloomington, IN @ Root Cellar
7/27 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR
7/28 - Lexington, KY - Best Friend Bar
7/29 - Chattanooga, TN - DYWH
7/30 - Nashville, TN
8/1 - Louisville, KY @ Butchertown
8/2 - Evansville, IN @ PG
8/3 - Carbondale, IL @ PK’s
8/4 - Milwaukee, WI @ Center St. Festival
8/5 - Chicago, IL @ The Burlington
8/6 - Kalamazoo, MI
8/7 - Detroit, MI @ Garden Bowl
8/8 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s
8/9 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Camp Clarke
8/10 - Lancaster, PA
8/11 - Gloucester, MA
8/12 - Salem, MA @ Opus
8/13 - Boston, MA @ Charlie’s Kitchen
8/14 - NYC @ Mercury Lounge
8/15 - Philadelphia, PA
8/16 - New Brunswick, NJ @ Monty Hall
8/17 - Baltimore, MD @ Downsquares
8/18 - Washington DC @ Comet Ping Pong
8/19 - Columbus, OH @ Cafe Bourbon St.
8/20 - Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob’s
EVENING STANDARDS Debut 10 song album is OUT NOW on CD/ TAPE/ DIGITAL.
In the drab, depressing landscape of current times, Evening Standards are a neon flower refusing to wilt. Heavier & darker than their other projects (Purple 7, Fat Shadow, Future Virgins, Vera Maleta, ADD/C,), Evening Standards are a ´´deep and dark and rolicking crew best enjoyed with bare thighs on a hot car hood´´(Erin Bowers, artist). Themes border on existential AF, but buoyant, hooky pop keeps the darkness harnessed right where they can see it. Daun, Chris Mott, and Cole Champion channel their undying and undead love for each other & community into this ten song, recorded-in-mono-together-in-one-room album.
Engineered by Mike Bridavsky, Russian Recording, Bloomington, IN
Art by Chris Mott
TOUR DATES WITH FUTURE VIRGINS:
Ghastly, Indiana began in 2016 as a casual songwriting project between friends and Wintermute bandmates Martin Law (the Danger Board) and A.T. Bossenger (Housebroken, Dotti), who wanted to write songs that channelled the energy of ‘90s pop punk without the misogyny, homophobia and racism often reflected in some of their major influences within that genre. Before long, Eric Ayotte (Halo Fauna, Idle Era, the Minor Kind) joined on drums alongside Emily Timm (Moody School, Inky Skulls) on bass. As a quartet, they each bring a different vantage point of ‘80s and ‘90s alternative and indie, warping familiar sounds together to create a vibe that’s just beyond recognizable. The 12 songs on the band’s full length debut, Nowhere is Perfect, soar through jangly riffs, punk breakdowns and emo-inspired refrains while A.T.’s lyrics offer radical, queer’d perspectives on both the political and the mundane. It’s a 22 minute ride jam-packed with heart, harmony and energy.
Ghastly, Indiana is:
Martin Law: guitar
Emily Timm: bass, vocals
Eric Ayotte: drums, vocals
A.T. Bossenger: vocals, guitar