IN THE RED
::HOT New Shizzle this autumn from one of our favourite labels::
FRESH & ONLYS - Play It Strange is an addictive record that will establish the Fresh & Onlys as a band that effortlessly laces together threads of great guitar bands from decades past. Scroll down and check out their NEW video for 'Waterfall'
DEMON CLAWS - Self-described “liars and scumbags” and sweaty and belligerent by nature, Demon’s Claws are one of the most dynamic combos to take the filthy route directly to your brain. The Defrosting Of... solidifies their earnest ambition to stomp their Americana-tinged blues-punk death trip into submission.
CHEAP TIME - Fantastic Explanations (and Similar Situations) will surely surprise, divide and leave fans scratching their heads as to where Cheap Time will go next!
TYVEK - Nothing Fits, is a scalding collection of amped-up and thrust-out songs that crank up the energy level far beyond their previous releases, and decimate the detractors into the abyss. It's Tyvek at their fiery, screaming best, and if this doesn't curl your eyebrows and your toes simultaneously with excitement, then you might need to settle for something musically akin to hospital food or take another laxative, because this blast of new recordings might just flush out your system to the point of personal emergency.
PARTING GIFTS -
As if the talents of Greg Cartwright and Coco Hames aren’t enough, the album features intense performances from Dan Auerbach (the Black Keys, BlacRok), Patrick Keeler (The Greenhornes, The Raconteurs), Jem Cohen and Poni Silver (the Ettes) and Dave Amels (Reigning Sound, Daptones). The result is an impres- sive fourteen original songs penned by Cartwright and Hames, as well as a haunting cover of the Rolling Stones’ “(Walkin’ Through the) Sleepy City.”
Play It Strange
Release Date: 25th October 2010
Label: In The Red
WATCH Fresh & Onlys new VIDEO for 'Waterfall'
“The Fresh & Onlys shambles barefoot through Summer of Love-style guitar and tambourine jams, strewing lyrical oddities and flower garlands along the path that leads, if not to where Syd Barrett lives, at least to Dan Treacy’s neighborhood” Dusted
“The Fresh & Onlys traffic in jangly garage-pop, balancing psych-rock swagger with generous dollops of sweetly cockeyed melody. Their recordings are lovingly caked with crud, and their jams sometimes veer perilously close to derailing completely….” Pitchfork
“…just perfect” - TimeOut
The Fresh & Onlys have, in their short history, already released a flurry of 7"s, a limited-edition cassette, and two full-length albums (on Castleface and Woodsist) Play It Strange is San Francisco’s Fresh & Onlys’ first for the legendary In The Red Records and third album total in less than three years.
Led by singer Tim Cohen's hazy romanticism, guitarist Wymond Miles' sonic textural sprawl and the incessantly propulsive rhythms of Shayde Sartin and Kyle Gibson, Play It Strange is a record of moody swagger, wild pop, shimmering melodic hooks and BIG BEAT with a provocative rawness ala Iggy Pop or The Gun Club.
With pointers ranging from Violent Femmes, 13th Floor Elevators to early 80s British indie-pop and a nod towards the Australian underground scene of the same decade, Play It Strange highlights the band’s ability to create pop music that’s skewed yet perfect.
Produced and recorded by Tim Green (The Fucking Champs, Comets on Fire) at his home studio, Louder, the band were able to indulge their longtime obsessions with 70s/80s guitar pop like The Soft Boys, The Go-Betweens, Mekons, Jacobites, The Plugz. As well as allowing the band to experiment with a range of instruments they would not necessarily have at their disposal – the baritone guitar, Vibraphone and the ARP synthesizer liberated and inspired the band helping them shape melodies, capture the muscularity and depth of the band's live performances and add extra re-vamp to their sound.
When guitarist Tim Cohen acquired an old junked vintage tune amp back in 2008, Shayde Sartin invited himself along with a view to help write and record. Instantly the collaboration took a life of it’s own and the pair have never looked back.
They hit the road, playing their songs live as much as they could and, after several line-ups changes, old friends, Wymond Miles (guitar) and Kyle Gibson (drums) became fully fledge members. Sparks flew; the live chemistry was unassailable.
The band have toured extensively across the US including SXSW, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Pop Montreal, etc appeared as the backing band on several occasions for Sixto Rodriguez and more recently supporting Deerhunter and performing at ATP curated by Matt Groening in the UK.
Play It Strange is an addictive record that will establish the Fresh & Onlys as a band that effortlessly laces together threads of great guitar bands from decades past. They may not be your favorite secret to keep much longer. Following their September shows in the UK, the band will tour variously with CLINIC, Vetiver and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion throughout the US in November.
Fantastic Explanations (And Similar Situations)
Release Date: 1st November 2010
Some people didn’t know what to make of Cheap Time’s self-titled debut album when it was released in 2008. It was a huge leap from their first 7-inch of the year before, and it didn’t really sound like anything else going at that time. Too glamtastic and bubblegum for the garage purists and too raw for indie rockers.
Cheap Time’s new album, entitled Fantastic Explanations (and Similar Situations), proves that they are capable of even more artistic leaps. Guitarist / songwriter Jeffrey Novak soaks up his influences and spits out new songs with more complex structures and melodies than ever before, while bassist Stephen Braren adds backbone to the songs with his heavily compressed Roy-Wood-style playing, and new drummer Ryan Sweeney tightens up the sound while still keeping things very loose. The Fantastic Explanations sessions have also be- come something of legend—tracking for the album ended abruptly after engineer Mike McHugh suffered a breakdown and kicked the band out of the studio at gunpoint. Once the tapes were retrieved over a month later, Earle Mankey (ex-Sparks member and producer of the Quick’s Mondo Deco and The Runaways’ Queens of Noise) was brought in to mix the final album, which turned out to be a perfect match!
Anyone who saw Cheap Time on tour last year opening for Yo La Tengo will be pleased with the way these new songs have turned out on record. Fantastic Explanations (and Similar Situations) will surely surprise, divide and leave fans scratching their heads as to where Cheap Time will go next!
1. When Tomorrow Comes 2. Everyone Knows 3. I’d Rather Be Alone 4. Throwing It All Away 5. Down the Tube 6. Showboat 7. Miss Apparent 8. June Child 9. Woodland Drive 10. Lazy Days 11. Approximately Nowhere 12. Waiting Too Long
The Defrosting Of...
Release Date: 1st November 2010
Spanish pop / Tropical / Death Metal
“Their music reminds me of when I used to visit an old cabin in Northern Ontario and take mushrooms and drink tons of Lab- att’s and go night fishing. This is what we should’ve been play- ing instead of Sabbath.”—Terminal Boredom
For any fan of real rock ’n’ roll, it would be a goddamn shame to sleep on the raucous and inebriating revelry of Montreal’s most delirious band, The Demon’s Claws. These guys have been pounding out crazed rock slop since 2004, in which time they’ve toured endlessly and released two full-length albums and count- less singles and 12-inches. Now the band has finally followed up their stunning 2007 album, Satan’s Little Pet Pig, with The Defrosting Of... For legal reasons, the title has to be incomplete. We can only say that it’s a reference to a very big name in the world of animation, long rumoured to be cryogenically frozen.
The Demon’s Claws play roots-soaked music so ramshackle and loose that it sounds as if it could fall apart at any second, yet hangs together perfectly. Part Gun Club, part Back from the Grave, part lo-fi distorted crunch, part young Mick Jagger with a mouth full of pills, all delivered with a weird, backwoods creepiness. Stepping up his countrified roots on this outing, frontman Jeff Clarke displays a gift for writing incredibly catchy hillbilly stomp unrivaled today. The guy is the real deal.
Self-described “liars and scumbags” and sweaty and belligerent by nature, Demon’s Claws are one of the most dynamic combos to take the filthy route directly to your brain. The Defrosting Of... solidifies their earnest ambition to stomp their Americana-tinged blues-punk death trip into submission.
1. Fed From Her Hand 2. Last Time at the Pool 3. Mona’s Lunch 4. Laser Beams 5. At the Disco 6. Catch Her by the Tail 7. All Three Eyes 8. Trip to the Clinic 9. Anny Lou 10. Fucked on Ketamine 11. Weird Ways 12. You’ll Always Be My Friend
Also Available on In The Red:
ITR139 Satan’s Little Pet Pig 2007
Release Date: 6th December 2010
Tyvek's In The Red debut, Nothing Fits, is a scalding collection of amped-up and thrust-out songs that crank up the energy level far beyond their previous releases, and decimate the detractors into the abyss. It's Tyvek at their fiery, screaming best, and if this doesn't curl your eyebrows and your toes simultaneously with excitement, then you might need to settle for something musically akin to hospital food or take another laxative, because this blast of new recordings might just flush out your system to the point of personal emergency.
As Detroit continues its seemingly irreversible slide into the tar pits of economical despair, new traditionalists Tyvek have unashamedly taken the reins and harnessed the ambition to keep their slurred and manically refreshing noise pop bouncing around the skulls of everyone still breathing in the real, uncatergorisible fumes of the original new wave. With an already impressive trail of essential releases behind them, including last year's debut album and an infinitesimal stream of "tour-only" CDRs, the band seems to always be evolving, yet never straying far from the original cacophony that earned them a spot in the hallowed halls of modern punk's elite erratics.
And as dynamically diverse as Tyvek's recordings have become, their live set also seems to shift dramatically with each new appearance, ranging from a monstrous five piece to the currently stripped-down three-piece that easily gets the job done without sacrificing any of the intensity or brazen brevity that's earned them their fanatical following. With relentless touring, razor-esque songwriting and the ability to adapt to their surroundings without resistance, it's no wonder why they're so adept at captivating the off-centre sounds of bygone-era DIY scrapings and spinning it into gold, all without ever really showing any influence of the Detroit "sound" that's known the world over. This trait alone deserves massive respect and forges their creativity in a unique light, as pioneers and as individuals who set forth to create their own thing in their own time, and in essence, are clearly executing some of the most exciting sounds in underground music today.
(Todd Killings, VictimofTime.com / 2010)
Release Date: 6th December 2010
What began as a one-off split 45 by songwriters Greg Cartwright (The Oblivians, Compulsive Gamblers, Reigning Sound) and Coco Hames (the Ettes, Coco Motion) quickly evolved into The Parting Gifts.
“I thought, I’d write a song, Greg would write a song, we’d record them together, and that would be that,” says Hames. “Luckily, Greg’s prolific awesome switch was on, and we got this whole record instead.” Offers Cartwright, “I was just so impressed with how easily things went that I was inspired to write more material for the project.” And so we have their debut full length on In The Red.
As if the talents of Cartwright and Hames aren’t enough, the album features intense performances from Dan Auerbach (the Black Keys, BlacRok), Patrick Keeler (The Greenhornes, The Raconteurs), Jem Cohen and Poni Silver (the Ettes) and Dave Amels (Reigning Sound, Daptones). The result is an impres- sive fourteen original songs penned by Cartwright and Hames, as well as a haunting cover of the Rolling Stones’ “(Walkin’ Through the) Sleepy City.” Catch the Parting Gifts at Goner Fest 7 this year in Memphis, TN, just in time for their Strychnine Dandelion to make its way into your record collection.
1. Keep Walking 2. Bound to Let Me Down 3. Strange Disposition 4. My Mind’s Made Up 5. Shine 6. Born to Be Blue 7. Staring 8. Don’t Stop 9. My Baby Tonight 10. (Walking Through the) Sleepy City 11. Don’t Hurt Me Now 12. Hanna 13. I Don’t Want to Be Like This 14. Strychnine Dandelion 15. This House Ain’t a Home