DAY CREEPER's third LP, A Mirror to the Fire, is a stunning set of top-grade real deal Rock N Roll songs. This is prime post-decadal guitar music brimming with cleverness, nuance, and electricity. Aaron Troyer has an uncanny ability to put your problems to music in a way that will activate your frontal lobe. This is an aural jean jacket! This is impetus to quit your job and feel good about it! This is how I will get through the winter!
Following up their 2015 12" EP Root Nerve via Heel Turn Records, BLOODY SHOW is back to tell you the truth with Let America Pay! This is Rock N Roll from Ohio, AKA the diseased heart of America, sonically skewing off of EASTER MONKEYS-esque fire that delivers a stomach punch to those otherwise cuddling into bed to the white lullaby, and sends an emphatic and loud message of strength to the oppressed and courageous. Don't sleep on it - this front-to-back crusher full length cassette has more heart and power than the last thousand pieces of garbage they played on your local radio station!
SDR020 - Release Date 5/1/17
This cassette is Pretty Pretty's second round of buzzing and beeping homemade demos by two of the Midwest's best punkpop pens- Evan Wolff and Larry TeeVee. Pretty Pretty's Demo II contains those special bedroom inceptions of songs, bringing out raw but more strikingly individual and emotional recordings.
Release Date: 4/25/17
Bo and Emily Davis unabashedly take caramelized pop choruses and sing them with Agitation.. and hints dark comedy that will strike a chord with listeners from the discordant Midwestern USA and particularly anyone who celebrates the wonderful and awful Columbus, OH. Ipps (ex Necropolis) sound better than ever on this set of songs and prepare you for the living death that is your own adulthood.
This is Ipps sophomore LP, following up on the 2014 Superdreamer Records release for Everything is Real.
SDR018 Release Date: 3/28/17
50+ years after the Lollipop Shoppe was possessed by demons from the fiery eternity, those same demons are still succeeding in helping the next generation of diehard, snotty-nosed kids get their guidance on how to make the most of their split-second on Earth. Ian Graham fronts this buzzsaw duo with the kind of pissed off 'tude that helps people survive in times like these . TASTY goes full-blown bass mayhem on their Superdreamer debut.
"..short bursts of concentrated energy being ricocheted off of dingy Midwestern basement walls that would make Phil Specter speculate how two people can possibly fill so much sonic space." -Ghettoblaster Magazine
"A damn fun record." - Impose Magazine
Release Date: 2/21/17
The Pink Owl returns with a full band thanks to a Tascam 488 cassette recorder. The ghostly punk junk-folk of his first album is replaced by a newly surfaced devotion to power pop, but the space-country vibe, attitude, and warble continue to be the essence of the singular craftsman that is The Pink Owl. 'Fully Delusional' is a one way ticket through a wormhole, and on the other side is a universe much different than the one you've come to know.
Release Date: 1/17/17
Winston is back with a second cassette in an 8-month span following the 2016 release of 'Too Close to Home'. 'XXXploration Date' continues to document his trek as he goes further into the future, gliding in an analog vessel fueled by tetrahydrocannabinol and blasting sheen, distorted sound waves from a Roland Jazz Chorus. Winston displays again how playfully he is able to convert reality into fully-charged compositions with enough electricity to fry crowds of people.
SDR015 Release Date: 1/17/17
Rocknroll of course lives on in the most essential ways- that is to say, the most fun and fundamental ways, and Aaron Troyer is an example of how vibrant and true that it can be when a songwriter comes fully into their own. After two (soon to be three) LPs as the primary songwriter of Day Creeper (at first via Tic Tac Totally then Superdreamer and Heel Turn Records) and a handful of full length, hand-dubbed, self-released and hook laden cassette offerings, Aaron's latest album, 'Faith in the Unknown' is the most clever and saccharine underground pop collection thus far.
(Jeff from Nervosas solo) Released 7/8/16
20XX hits new scales of dance-floor emotions coming from darker planes of the human experience here on Fabulous Terrible World. Managing to triumphantly croon over mechanical rhythms while still seeming to barely survive under the weight of the inspiration, 20XX finds its own way to heal, clearing a path for others to cope in its wake. Think Bryan Ferry fronting evil twins of the Pet Shop Boys. (... Pet Cemetery Boys?)
Psychic Wheels lays their clearest snapshots out as a last hurrah. Diametric tracks stretch out the spectrum of their catalog and attempt to sum it up simultaneously. Psychic Wheels has lived in an intersection previously not well-visited, playing in the fresh cross-hairs of a bubblegum pop sensibility and gloomier vibrations of reality via beloved and unholy, distorted electric guitars.
OUT OF STOCK
Winston created this alone, and from necessity. It's an ephemeral collection of transmissions essentially about longing for love, crafted and sent from home via 4th dimensional chorus effects and cheap microphones. This is new life for Winston, and so happens to be new life for rockandroll.
Columbus mainstay Will Foster (ex Guinea Worms), returns with analog sounds and analog formats. His new tape, The Cuss Set, documents a longer-haired take on punk rock and more deaf version of folk. A slew of accomplices listed on the insert bring their own beer to the party as well, enabling Will to reach new highs and new lows.
Once asked why such strange and endearing music originates from Ohio, Lux Interior suggested that “It’s the asshole of the Earth, the kids know there is no way out and they don’t listen to ANYONE!” On Vernacular Splatter, big beats detonate and tumble like volcanic debris while lascivious guitars imitate the Doppler effect of passing sirens. Celine’s voice is both mournful and righteous, burning white-hot like the ultimate rustbelt Cassandra warning of impending doom.
OUT OF STOCK
The Pink Owl has made a cassette which stands outside of everything that's going on. It's some mutant form of glam and folk and rocknroll scrambled together by a modern-version of an Ego-Summit-type punk, recorded mostly on a four track with plenty of Echoplex, jangly guitars, and sneering attitude. The songs cut in and out and splash together as if you've received the only copy straight from the Pink Owl's pocket. There's buckets of bedroom Bolan here folks, but it's wearin' cowboy boots and it's been shot a billion miles into space.
The Pink Owl fronted a total-freak-rocknroll band in Columbus, Ohio called Red Feathers for the few years leading up to this release. The Pink Owl is set to release a full-band follow-up to this album at the end of 2016.
Day Creeper is an antidote. They’re X-ray vision through the bullshit. Here on their second LP, Central States, Aaron Troyer and gang acutely deliver their smartest set of unhinged, basement-born punk rock yet. It probably helps that this is their initial barrage as a four-piece, with a second guitar that sends them to complete power-mode, but something still feels more right than ever before. There’s effortlessness abound here: the melodies, the infectious sarcasm, the whole damn thing is like they were born to make this record.
"Lots of non-teen pop construction underpinning their raunch projections." -Bull Tongue Review
“A new LP ripe with compelling hooks and robust songs, richly drenched with pure Midwest pop.” -Victim Of Time
"The ten burns on this record blister forth with such resolute chord burstin’ dark snot zeal, it’s like falling in love all over again" -Fuckin’ Record Reviews
"This quartet, here on their 2nd lp (they’ve got a few singles, too) come at it straight ahead with a minimum of bullshit" -Dagger Zine
Everything Is Real is the insubordinate and addicting debut LP from Ipps. The songs are written and sung by Bo and Emily Davis, the same husband and wife team behind the currently dormant post-punk band Necropolis. Here on their first album as Ipps, they play stripped-down rocknroll more influenced by their adulthood than Pere Ubu, while skewing The Vaselines, Great Plains, V-3, and Smiles-era Fall (note the double drummer lineup), plus a dose of pop a la the Ronettes. This record is for punks who like sticky melodies and especially for those who love subterranean pop native to the area.
“My favorite record of the year ” –Bela Koe-Krompecher (Anyway Records) via Dagger
“definitely heaps of talent and sincerity in Ipps’ music” –Still Single
“Ipps fit nicely into Ohio’s legendary lo-fi lineage.” –Doom and Gloom From the Tomb
Wild Lemons (CASS)
Winston Hightower (LP)