SALEM SALEM SALEM is the new punk-rock side-project from the Creeper frontman Will Gould and Mat Reynolds (Howard’s Alias, Skylar, Drawings). First single ‘Destroy Me’ fires out of the starting blocks in a ferocious rush of punk rock melody and Gould’s distinctive vocals. His words possess the playfully eloquent set-up and punchline lyrical style that’s a big part of classic albums from the likes of Jawbreaker and Alkaline Trio. “‘Destroy Me’ is a really good introduction that summarises the band, it had the right kind of energy from the offset,” says Gould. “This band feels like a love letter to a lot of our early influences. It’s a return to our roots in a lot of ways.” Elsewhere, SALEM’s debut EP captures the life-affirming joy of hearing a live band erupt into a blast of wild, barely controlled energy. Not that it’s a one-trick pony. Opening track ‘Fall Out Of Love’ hurtles into the kind of towering chorus that Gould first made his name with, ‘Throat’ is an ominous, ever-escalating alt-rock slowburner, while the frenetic closer ‘Doomed (For Each Other)’ sprints for the finish line. And as with all good EPs, when the needle clicks off, the natural thing to do is to flip it over and play it again from the start. Roadrunner Records 12" Pre-Order
Mayday Parade Out Of Here EP Banquet exclusive 12" is on 'electric blue w/ white cornetto' coloured vinyl. /300. The new EP from the excellent Kingston visitors Mayday Parade, offering another dose of their charming pop-punk meets emo that follows on from the 2018 record Sunnyland. In early March, Mayday Parade - Derek Sanders, Brooks Betts, Alex Garcia, Jake Bundrick, and Jeremy Lenzo – stepped into the studio with longtime collaborators Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount to record the EP. On “Lighten Up Kid,” the band continues to explore the power of self-love and finding confidence within, a theme that has run deep throughout their catalogue. “’Lighten Up Kid’ is about trying to find yourself and the strength to keep fighting for what you believe in,” Bundrick said. “It's about being or feeling cut down and hung out to dry but standing up for yourself in the end.” Rise Records 12" Pre-Order
Bartees Strange Live Forever If you're interested in this record then click the Notify me button and we'll let you know if we get it in stock. The highly anticipated debut full length album from the genre-chemist Bartees Strange. Released via Will Yip's Memory Music label. Strange grew up in Mustang, Oklahoma, an overwhelmingly white and racist sundown town on the outskirts of Oklahoma City. In Mustang, he says, “I didn’t let myself be seen. I held myself down so I could make people feel more comfortable around me.” Live Forever is a direct and stunning result of this conviction. It’s impossible to divorce the reality of Strange’s personal trajectory from the intricate and idiosyncratic 13-track saga on record: it spans gentle, Moses Sumney-meets-Yves Jarvis minimalism, Killers-ish indie rock vigor with post-punk cracks in its danceable veneer, the throbbing industrial alt-soul of Algiers, Justin Vernon’s acoustic tenderness, and the volatile, unforgiving production and delivery of Death Grips. Simply put, it is a combination that none but Strange could execute under—and as a result of—precise circumstances. 1. Jealousy 2. Mustang 3. Boomer 4. Kelly Rowland 5. In A Cab 6. Stone Meadows 7. Flagey God 8. Mossblerd 9. Far 10. Fallen For You 11. Ghostly Memory Music Pre-Order
Self Defense Family Make Me A Pallet Fire On Your Floor / Local Clerics A new 7" from the ever-excellent punk-rockers Self Defense Family. Recorded on a tour of Australia a few years back. A fun session with Neil Thomason at Headgap Studios. He was recommended to us on the strength of his old band, Ricaine, but his resume as an engineer is just as impressive. Our friend Amy Muir (of Fourteen Nights At Sea) blessed us with organ on this one. And that's former Sydney resident/occasional promoter and now Massachusetts homeowner Jessie Maas at the beginning. One of our members was left by their partner during the tour and the lyrics to 'Pallet Fire' reflect that circumstance. It was nice to sing about someone else's problems for a change. 'Local Clerics' is about as concise and clearheaded as I've managed to be on the topic of small minds. I hadn't revisited the song since the recording but hearing it now I believe it to be among our best. Run For Cover 7"
Say Anything In Defense Of The Genre The follow up to one of our biggest albums of 2004. We were on this from the first time they released "..Is a real boy" so if we got you into Say Anything make sure you get it from us! One of our regular customers was good enough to buy this record from us, and let us know what he thought about it... "...The album's just full of surprises. It feels like it has a long shelf life in it which I really like. I miss the days when you'd buy an album and just listen to it non-stop for months. Recently i've just been dipping in and out of bands because, yeah you can write a good pop song but theres nothing more to it, or yeah you can write personal songs but they're just bland, or wow that's heavy, but why? If you get me? Where I live at the moment it's all about how "bR0otul" or "metul" you are, and I just wish these "my morals came free with a Comeback Kid t-shirt" kids would just admit they're liars, didn't grow up on Bad Brains and Black Flag, but spent their summers skateboarding badly and listening to Blink 182 and New Found Glory. Haha! Anyways, rant over. And that's what I love about Say Anything; they come so close to cringeworthy and pump out some unabashed pop songs, but they don't feel guilty about it, and that to me is more 'punk' than anything Gallows have achieved by calling everyone c*nts and getting angry. I'd like to say i do like Gallows, but they're not reinventing the wheel. Say Anything aren't either, but they're kind of shaping it into some kind of new wheel which is better than the last one." We definitely agree, there just isn't another band quite like Say Anything! CD1: 1. Skinny, Mean Man 2. No Soul 3. That Is Why 4. Surgically Removing The Tracking Device 5. This Is Fucking Ecstasy 6. The Church Channel 7. Shiksa (Girlfriend) 8. Baby Girl, I'm A Blur 9. Retarded In Love 10. People Like You Are Why People Like Me Exist 11. Died A Jew 12. An Insult To The Dead 13. Sorry, Dudes. My Bad CD2: 1. Spay Me 2. In Defense Of The Genre 3. The Truth Is, You Should Lie With Me 4. The Word You Wield 5. Vexed 6. About Falling 7. You're The Wanker If Anyone Is 8. Spores 9. We Killed It 10. Have At Thee! 11. Hangover Song 12. Goodbye Young Tutor, You've Now Outgrown Me 13. I Used To Have A Heart 14. Plea www.myspace.com/sayanything J Records / Hassle Records CD
Into it. Over It. Figure The highly anticipated new full length record from Banquet favs Into It. Over It., following on from 2016's Standards. Excellent mixes of mathy-emo with indie-punk charm. Fans of American Football, Tigers Jaw, The Menzingers and Balance And Composure should check this out. At the start of 2017, Evan Thomas Weiss wasn’t sure that he would make Figure , his upcoming fourth full-length record under namesake Into It. Over It. Built slowly and kindly with the help of his Chicago community, Figure is a commitment to do better and to be better, a love letter to stumbling and scraped knees, a field medic’s kit: knife and scalpel with stitches and bandaging, and something to cauterize the wounds. “It’s about trying to make peace with poor decisions that I’ve made,” he says, “and how I can try to reconcile as much as I can, and what I can’t reconcile, how I’m going to cope with that moving forward, and what I can do to be better to the people around me.” Triple Crown Records / Big Scary Monsters LP
Mat Kerekes Amber Park 12" is 'purple in clear' coloured vinyl. We're the UK carrier for this release. /500 worldwide. The new EP from the awesome Mat Kerekes, known well as the fronter of Banquet-faves Citizen. Following on from the genre-busting and acclaimed 2019 record Ruby. 12"