Summer of 7″s!
Not sure how this all happened at the same time, but somehow we got roped into doing three 7″s. Fortunately, they’re all pretty kickass, as we’re sure you will come to agree. Where do we begin…
The first one comes to us in the form of a split 7″ for tour. Yep, one song from Dan Andriano and one from Brendan Kelly. Those two old chums are doing a tour of Europe together in June/July and they claim to be traveling by train, so stock up the Bar Car. We know that jaunt is gonna end in disaster, but fuck it, at least we all get a sweet new 7″ to check out. We’ve heard the songs and can confirm their awesomeness: Danny’s swaying lullaby is reminiscent of last year’s amazing Hurricane Season, while Brendan gives us another one of his deviant rock songs that we’ve come to expect from the Wandering Birds. We will save some for mailorder, so you won’t have to attend a show in order to pick one of these up, but I hear Vienna is wonderful in the Summertime. Just sezzin’.
Also coming out this Summer in time for a tour will be a new 4-song 7″/EP from our favorite Mountain Mongos, Elway. Those dudes will be doing some touring with Teenage Bottlerocket in July and we’ll have the EP out by then. It’s their first new material since their breakout record, Delusions, and we think you’re gonna be just as stoked. Soon there will be more info, song samples, pre-order shit, etc etc.
Lastly, we’ll be doing a split 7″ that will pair up Red Scare ruffians The Brokedowns and Minneapolis mofos, The Slow Death. Heard some of the music, and I guess they’re somehow doing THREE songs on each side. Might need to add an extra inch on to that one, eh? It’ll be good though, we love both of these bands and it’s about time they give the world some new songs. We’ll keep ya posted on that and all these other 7″s too; just follow us on Twitter and watch the details unfold. Shit yeah.
Masked Intruder on Red Scare + Lillingtons redux!
Hey friends, once again Red Scare is bringing you some good news in the world of classic-sounding pop punk. Sometimes the sub-genre can be real frustrating, but every once in a while a band like Hanson Brothers or Teenage Bottlerocket comes along and pays proper tribute to our great forefathers, The Ramones. We honestly feel that Masked Intruder is one of those few, special bands to adequately honor their good name and follow in their footsteps… problem is, they’re criminals. No really, Masked Intruder are four total goombahs who met behind bars and formed a punk band. We ran a background check and we’re not sure where they’re from, who they are, or what they did to end up in the joint. To be honest, we don’t really care to delve into their shady past, we just know that their band is really fucking good and that THEY ONLY WRITE IN ALL-CAPS. With songs like “Gimme Parole” and “ADT Security”, we’ll be bringing you the digital release of their 5-song debut EP, First Offense on March 6th; while Wisconsin’s Hang Up Records will be handling the 7″. Furthermore, they’ll be doing time (hardy har) at Atlas Studios in April for a full length.
In other good Ramonesy news, we’re happy to announce that we’ll be doing something (kinda) new with our old friends, The Lillingtons. We’ve teamed up with those lovable hermits to bring you an updated version of their criminally-underrated album, The Backchannel Broadcast. It’s getting a major facelift: new artwork and an up-to-date mastering job by original producer, Mass Giorgini. That will also be available on iTunes/Spotify/Amazon on March 6th and we’re taking pre-orders for the CD now. It won’t be in stores until April-ish, but don’t let that stop you from peeping the new and improved cover art below:
Singles ready to mingle…
Hey gang, what’s good?!
New year means new releases, and we got three, count ‘em THREE singles coming your way. The first one comes from Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds; and Brendan, our long-time co-conspirator recently explained the project in great detail with Alt Press. The single, along with two B-sides are available NOW from iTunes for under 2 bucks. Full-length coming in March 2012.
Next up will be a 2-song 7″ from The Menzingers. They have a new full-length coming out February 21st and I think it’s tentatively titled, Album of the Year. Fuck yeah it is. The poor folks at Epitaph desperately needed our help in releasing this limited 7″, so we agreed, but only in exchange for the rights to their Coffin Break titles. Seriously people, Coffin Break ruled, just ask Kent. In any case, we’re taking pre-orders for this 7″ now, but it’ll be be at least a couple weeks before we ship this pig. The band will also have it available on their upcoming tour with Rise Against.
And finally, we have news from our beloved Sidekicks. Their new CD/LP will also be out on February 21st and it’s tentatively dubbed, Actually Better Than The Menzingers, If You Can Believe That, Asshole. Sounds like a working title or something we made up, BUT, we will have a 4-song digital single called Grace that hits iTunes on January 17th with a physical 45 RPM 7″ to follow shortly thereafter. You can place a pre-order now, but it will be at least 3 weeks before we see these things. Stay tuned for more deets regarding The Sidekicks upcoming record, or visit their FB BandPage to see upcoming tour dates and more.