storm watch (2014/NO IDEA)
EMO-PUNK-ROCK. One part Minneapolis and 2 parts San Diego, members of DAN PADILLA, MADISON BLOODBATH, DEAR LANDLORD, and GATEWAY DISTRICT got together for beers and accidentally started a band. There is a little bit of DEAR LANDLORD in the catchiness and group vocals running through their debut 7" "storm watch", but it definitely veers away from the more traditional, Lookout-recs pop-punk. SHALLOW CUTS play mid-tempo melodic punk-rock, with enough variety and hooks over the 4 songs to suggest they may be on to something here. There is definitely a '90s punk-rock influence running through the 7". Vinyl includes a digital download card.
waiting for the end (2012/DIRT CULT)
PUNK-ROCK. SHANG-A-LANG has been an incredibly prolific band over the past few years, having done countless splits, several 7"s, a fulll-length, and a collections LP. Lo-fi, melodic, desert-cooked pop-punk that reminds one of HICKEY or SCARED OF CHAKA and a bunch of other great bands. These 5 songs are probably the best SHANG-A-LANG material to date, which makes the break-up even more bittersweet.
SHANG-A-LANG / RUMSPRINGER
split (2011/DIRT CULT)
PUNK-ROCK. Another record that’s been years in the making. SHANG-A-LANG: same lo-fi punk you either love or hate. This is the last recording featuring Joe (MARKED MEN) on bass. RUMSPRINGER: hands down the best band to come out of Arizona ever with the unfortunately pop-punk tagline. A bit different than the more polished recordings you’re used to from this band, but just as great!
s/t (2011/SORRY STATE)
POST/PUNK-ROCK. After 2 great demo tapes, North Carolina's SHARDS return to Sorry State for their debut full-length. The style is still dark, catchy punk in the tradition of bands like T.S.O.L., 45 GRAVE and early CHRISTIAN DEATH, but this time around the production is much more layered and ambitious, driving these great songs into your brain with maximum impact. This one has great packaging, too, including a gatefold jacket, obi strip, and includes a digital download card.
no gods (2012/RISE)
EMO-PUNK-ROCK. It's hard to believe that "no gods" is the 1st full-length from UK troop. SHARKS make punk-rock steeped in their influences without being derivative of them, underscored by their insane songwriting talent and playing skills. "no gods" is sure to become a future classic. Their sound is derived from punk-rock and rock 'n' roll predecessors like THE CLASH and SOCIAL DISTORTION, a perfect mix of bounce, drive, and melody. Colored vinyl version includes a digital download card.
EMO-PUNK-ROCK. SHARKS are back with their highly anticipated new full-length album "selfhood". The 11 song album is the band’s most dynamic and explosive material to date. "selfhood" is quite arguably the bands strongest and most impressive material to date. SHARKS make punk-rock steeped in their influences without being derivative of them, underscored by their insane songwriting talent and playing skills. "selfhood" is sure to become a future classic. Vinyl version includes a CD version.
shallow waters (2011/SWAGGER CITY)
EMO-PUNK-ROCK. The debut from this UK band is finally available on vinyl. The 5 songs are melodic, upbeat, and rooted in straightforward rock 'n' roll, with influences by THE CLASH, THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM all present and appearing on the soon-to-follow full-length on Rise Records. Limited edition of 500 copies. Colored 10" includes a digital download card.
the joys of living 2008-2010 (2011/RISE)
EMO-PUNK-ROCK. Born and raised in England, SHARKS is a British group with absolute heart, who embellish their hardcore d.i.y. ethics which is steeply rooted in their soul. They've already established themselves, touring there with The Gaslight Anthem, Gallows, Chuck Ragan, and Alexisonfire and are set to make waves worldwide with this release of tracks recorded from 2008-2010. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
SHARKS / NORTHERN TOWNS
split (2009/SWAGGER CITY)
EMO-PUNK-ROCK. NORTHERN TOWNS return with their unique blend of mod, punk and rock 'n' roll in a continued evolution of the sound they established on their debut, "good as gold". You'll get 2 new originals and beautiful cover of LEONARD COHEN's "the partisan". SHARKS have turned a lot of heads with their online exclusive "shallow waters" tracks and the 2 tracks featured here continue to wow. In addition to the originals, a haunting version of the THE WEDDING PRESENT's "brassneck" is featured. Double vinyl includes a digital download card.
mirrors reflection (2014/HOSTAGE)
PUNK-ROCK. Original Posh Boy legends, SHATTERED FAITH, return with their 1st 7” in 31 long years, total press of 700 copies, each handnumbered. This 3 song ripper contains 3 exclusive songs all recorded in 2013. The FAITH have studio recorded the previously live only song "mirrors reflection" from their debut 1982 LP, tracked the brand new "power to the kids" and ressurected the never recorded 1982 SHATTERED FAITH lost hit, "suburban boredom". For fans of CHANNEL THREE, T.S.O.L., ADOLESCENTS or Posh Boy Records
modern convenience (2014/HOSTAGE)
PUNK-ROCK. Orange County's finest, SHATTERED FAITH return with the 1st ever studio version of "usa", previously only avalaible as a live recording on their debut LP; also included is a version of "modern convenience". There also is a download for a classic nugget of punk nostalgia, the killer live recordings of their entire set from a show in 1982, previously unheard until this day. This live show has all the old hits! For fans of Posh Boy enthusiasts, T.S.O.L., SOCIAL DISTORTION, ADOLESCENTS. Edition of 550 copies on random colored vinyl includes a digital download card. * RSD 2014 *
static (2012/JUDGEMENT )
HARDCORE-PUNK. SHAVED WOMEN are back with their latest, most brooding recordings since the LP released last year. "static" is the bone sweating anxiety, locking all from attaining self-satisfaction. Savage, degenerate vocal attack leads a thick ooze of bass and guitar wallows, not unlike the hysterical AmRep catalogue or local St. Louis scroungers DRUNKS WITH GUNS, making "static" a truly solitary hardcore-punk release. Double-sided offset covers, stickered polybags, and housed in a wicked black hand stamped dust-sleeve. Limited edition of 300 copies on black vinyl.
animal joy (2012/SUB POP)
INDIE-ROCK. In an era in which minimalism and lower-than-low-tech have come in vogue - SHEARWATER's recordings-the epic "animal joy" in a fashion like none of their contemporaries. Jonathan Meiburg has opted to ditch an approach that paid huge artistic dividends over his last Matador albums for a record that seems shockingly direct, immediate and intensely personal. He's no stranger to lush, crafted recordings, but this one sounds like no prior SHEARWATER incarnation. And please, don't mistake that for a suggestion this is anyone's notion of a traditional, singer-songwriter album. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
fellow travelers (2013/SUB POP)
FOLK/POST-ROCK. SHEARWATER’s Jonathan Meiburg has a tendency to write albums with a clear thematic vision, and that same artistic instinct guides this eclectic collection of covers. As a graceful and contemplative songwriter, Meiburg tends to approach humanity from the perspective of the natural world. Here, as a curator and interpreter, Meiburg presents a carefully selected set of cover songs to reflect on his life as a traveling musician, the yin-yang between long, isolated drives and the immediacy of performing in front of hundreds of people. But more than an album about the touring life, it’s about Meiburg’s kindred souls, his fellow travelers. This new 10 song collection, "fellow travelers, finds SHEARWATER covering XIU XIU, COLDPLAY, CLINIC, ST. VINCENT, FOLK IMPLOSION, and others. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
HARDCORE. Making their intentions clear since 1984, New York City's SHEER TERROR has a long, ugly and proud tradition of playing by their own rules and working at their own pace. "spite" is the 1st new recording since 1995. "spite" contains 2 new songs and 1 cover track, with album art by famed NYC artist Sean Taggart. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.