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Guttermouth
New Car Smell
Rude Records / Bird Attack Records
ADDS 11/29/16
DIGITAL ONLY

Rude Records is proud to announce the release of “New Car Smell”, the new EP from Southern California punk rock heroes GUTTERMOUTH, out on November 25th worldwide in collaboration with Bird Attack Records. The EP is the follow-up to “Got It Made”, their first EP of new music in 10 years, which was released in early July.
  
The band comments: “There wasn’t a lot of pressure to do that first EP so the process was fun, and we just wrote some songs. We had no idea at all what to expect from our fans, but their response was great! We had a few more ideas up our sleeve. Bird Attack/Rude Records gave us their blessing to support it, so this gave us quite a bit of motivation to kick it in gear and write another record, and hopefully a better one. We had lots of ideas and narrowed it down to another 6 songs which we all feel good about. Once we had it all sorted out, we went back to Florida and recorded ‘em!“ 
  
Known for their short, fast and loud songs, outrageous antics and offensive lyrics, Guttermouth has attracted plenty controversy over the years. In other words - they are punk rock as it's meant to be.

In a collective statement, the band adds, "We think it’s safe to say this EP is different than the first one, but still has the classic Guttermouth feel. We never set out to sound a certain way. We worked on a bunch of different ideas and basically it came down to these 6 that we all felt were strong. Hopefully we get a similar response as the first EP and still have that New Car Smell!!!”
 
Formed in Huntington Beach, California in 1998, Guttermouth was heavily influenced by the Southern California punk rock scenes of the 1980's which spawned bands such as the Adolescents, The Vandals, Social Distortion, Fear, Descendents, Angry Samoans, Bad Religion and Black Flag.
 
The band took these influences and developed their own style of fast, punk tempos with humorously sarcastic and offensive lyrics coupled with equally outrageous and offensive behavior, developing a reputation for chaotic live shows.
 

RIYL: Descendents, Bad Religion, The Vandals
TRY: #3, 5, 6
DIRTY: 2, 4

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://xxx-guttermouth-xxx.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Guttermouth
https://www.instagram.com/guttermouthofficial/
https://twitter.com/guttermouthxxx
http://www.ruderecorz.com/
http://www.birdattackradio.com/


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Frenzal Rhomb
We Lived Like Kings
Fat Wreck Chords
ADDS 11/29/16
DIGITAL ONLY

Our favorite Aussies, FRENZAL RHOMB, have a LOT of records. Seriously, they have eight full-lengths and at least twice as many singles & EP’s! Who knew? Not us, as we seem to have missed out on half of them ourselves! So, as a courtesy to you, the "Bird Attack" enthusiast who doesn’t know where to begin with their back catalog, today we offer you this: We Lived Like Kings (We Did Anything We Wanted): The Best of Frenzal Rhomb

Back in the mire of the early nineties, from somewhere beneath a pile of wallet chains and cut off army pants, Frenzal Rhomb emerged, their white suburban fingers clutching onto goon casks and bucket bongs and other appropriate paraphernalia. Before too long those fingers wrote riffs and those riffs became songs and their overly-Australian-accented voices sung rhyming swear words on those songs in perfect three-part harmonies. Across the oceans, a large man named Mike heard these utterings, and was vaguely curious.
 

Fast forward to 2016: Eight albums have been recorded, each better or at least newer than the last. Countless world tours (if you’ve counted them, please let us know for taxation purposes), sharing the stage with everyone from NOFX to Nickelback (that was actually at the same gig). The dubious (if unofficial) honor of being the most hospitalised band in the world–everything from broken drumming arms and detached guitar-playing retinas to an actual pig-borne tapeworm in the lead singer’s actual brain–it’s amazing that Frenzal Rhomb are even here at all, let alone coherent enough to gather together all of their biggest and most (insert adjective here to make them sound better than they are) songs in one BRAND NEW ALBUM FULL OF OLD SONGS!
 

Frenzal Rhomb isn’t Australian for beer. That was a lie told to Americans to sell records. Frenzal Rhomb is the Australian word for not being smart enough to know when to quit, or that persistent rash that shows up every time you want to impress someone special.


RIYL: NOFX, Propagandhi, Pennywise
DIRTY: #1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 30, 33, 34
(And possibly more, proceed with caution!)
TRY: #9

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://www.fatwreck.com/band/index/15
https://twitter.com/frenzalofficial
https://www.facebook.com/FrenzalRhomb/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frenzal_Rhomb


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Trouble In The Wind
Lefty
Self-Released
ADDS 11/29/16
CD / DIGITAL

Trouble in the Wind’s stripped-down organic sound is a multi-instrumental collective fronted by songwriter Robby Gira, whose staggering powerful voice creates the center of attention of their songs. The group’s instrumentation of accordion, upright bass, brushes, banjo and guitars color the emotional songs which blend and range from ballads to surf folk to soulful rockers.

“...Aside from an undeniable ability to make their music work in the live setting, what really made Trouble in the Wind shine was Gira’s honesty and raw emotion. It was clear that he pours a lot of himself into his songs, and his refreshing humility was a sight to see. Do yourself a favor and track down Trouble in the Wind before they realize how good they are and move to Austin, or Nashville, or Brooklyn, or something.” - Owl & Bear

"It’s almost hard to believe how great this record is. Shades of pop, alt-country, folk and good ol’ fashioned rock & roll burst out of this 13-song masterpiece by these North County lads, where each song is more delectably tasty than the next. Sweeping back-porch ballads hang alongside buzzing barnyard rompers with ease, alternating quite nicely between "Harvest"-era Neil Young love letters and old-school Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers-esque power-pop gems. I thought the band's 2014 album “Slide Rock” was good -- turns out it was just an appetizer." - Sound Diego/NBC 7 San Diego


RIYL: Okkervil River, Kurt Vile, The Head and the Heart, Colour Revolt, Sean Rowe
TRY: #3, 7, 1
DIRTY: #9

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://www.troubleinthewind.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Troubleinthewind/
https://twitter.com/TroubleNTheWind
https://www.instagram.com/troubleinthewind/


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LITE
Cubic
Topshelf Records
ADDS 11/22/16
CD / DIGITAL

"Despite their ludicrously tight and impossibly technical musicianship, Tokyo band LITE walks a fine line between autistic guitar-noodle perfectionism and genuine organic "holy sh!t that's cool" exhibitionist thrills." - Noisey

"Acolytes of Don Caballero, Parts & Labor and the like, rejoice! Even without vocals, the band packs plenty of potent, progressive punches." - CLRVYNT

LITE is a Japanese instrumental rock band known for thrilling and emotional compositions, progressive, edgy riffs and complex rhythms. Widely regarded for their explosive live show and tireless touring in the US, Europe and Asia, LITE are one of the most exciting bands to emerge from Japan in the last decade.

The quartet who is entering their 14th year together, boasts a tremendous back catalog including four full-length albums and six EPs including 2010’s Illuminate (recorded with John McEntire) and 2012's Past Present Future which featured Caroline from Mice Parade. Their most recent album Installation (2014, Topshelf Records) was their first proper US release.

On their fifth album, Cubic, out November 16, 2016 via Topshelf, LITE creates music with a heartbeat. Cubic was mixed at Machines With Magnets with Keith Souza (Battles) and mastered by Heba Kadry (!!!, Prefuse 73, The Mars Volta) at Timeless Mastering in New York.


RIYL: Dawn of Midi, Battles, Tortoise, Ratatat
TRY: #7, 1, 4

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://www.topshelfrecords.com/roster/lite
https://twitter.com/LITE_JP
http://lite-web.com/cubic/
https://www.facebook.com/liteband/
https://www.instagram.com/lite_jp/


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NGHTCRWLRS
Raging Hot
Sniffling Indie Kids/Mint 400
ADDS 11/22/16
DIGITAL ONLY

NGHTCRWLRS return with their second album Raging Hot, following their self-titled 2015 debut. With Raging Hot, NGHTCRWLRS mold indie rock in their own inventive and highly sarcastic image. Lead single “Are Two Dee Too” is ‘90s indie rock from an alternate universe, somehow managing to be as quirky, catchy and original as the guitar rock from that decade is remembered to be. “Disco Diva” and “Fear and Greed” take funky ‘80s glam and combine it with all manner of psychedelia and noise. The catchy punk rock of “Coffee and Weed”, “Losers” and “Quarter Inch Cable” reveal the band’s innate sense of humor but are balanced out with the bad trip shoegaze of “Lot Lizard” and “Rot”. The brilliant album closer “Waiting...” sounds like a Sunny Day Real Estate song from another dimension.

Who knew that guitar rock could sound so exciting and invigorating in 2016? Raging Hot is one of the most exceptional and interesting albums of the year. We hope you enjoy it!


RIYL: Title Fight, Fugazi, Sonic Youth
DIRTY: #1, 4, 6 (Clean edits included in downloads folder)
SINGLE: Clean version of #1
ALSO TRY: #5, 2, 3

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://www.snifflingindiekids.com
http://mint400records.com
https://nghtcrwlrs.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/NGHTCRWLRS
https://twitter.com/nghtcrwlrs


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Zach Quinn
One Week Record
Fat Wreck Chords/One Week Records
ADDS 11/22/16
DIGITAL ONLY

“One Week is fueled by an entirely different impetus and medium, delivered by Zach and Zach alone. The result is refreshingly uncharted territory.” - Punk News (4.5/5) https://www.punknews.org/review/14504/zach-quinn-one-week

Have you ever pondered what Zach Quinn, singer of PEARS, is like in his quiet moments? Does he even have quiet moments? When he isn’t stomping holes in a stage, he’s always moving. That motion continued from the PEARS stages to a more contemplative path, when he partnered with Joey Cape to produce and release his solo album over at One Week Records. As Zach explains, “This was the most fun I’ve had making a record. I showed up with a bunch of stuff that was unfinished, and we fleshed it out in the studio. It was like going to songwriting summer camp. The One Week concept only works because Joey has such good taste and clear vision, and there’s nothing more exciting for me than working with someone from whom there is so much to learn. The Caper is unparalleled. I’m super proud of this one.” Zach Quinn’s debut solo album was released digitally back in May on One Week Records. FAT WRECK CHORDS released the vinyl edition on November 11th.


RIYL: Pears, Joey Cape, Greg Graffin, John K. Samson
TRY: #3, 1, 2

Head to New Noise to listen to “Infinite Sigh”: http://newnoisemagazine.com/exclusive-zach-quinn-infinite-sigh/#

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://www.fatwreck.com/news/detail/1025
https://www.oneweekrecords.com/releases/zach-quinn/
http://www.fatwreck.com/band/index/124
https://twitter.com/pearstheband
https://www.facebook.com/PEARStheband


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Martyrs
The Great Disturbance
Self-Released
ADDS 11/22/16
DIGITAL ONLY

Martyrs is a band from Boston, MA. The people behind Martyrs take their music very seriously and have a long standing commitment to regularly supporting and participating in DIY music and art culture. Although Martyrs’ music is heavily rooted in Hardcore Punk subculture, the members’ influences are quite diverse and the band puts a serious effort into incorporating a variety of appropriate and relevant styles into their writing. Martyrs create music that both triggers a sense of excitement in listeners and inspires them explore musical styles that they formerly would have shied away from.

Martyrs recorded their first, self-titled record in 2014 at God City with Kurt Ballou (Converge, Russian Circles). After going through a series of lineup changes the band recorded The Great Disturbance in August of 2016 with Jay Maas (Defeater) at Getaway Recording.

Since the breakup of his band Shanghai Valentine in 2006, Dave (lead vocals / rhythm guitar) has been wanting to create music that remained loyal to the roots of hardcore punk while discovering appropriate ways to extend beyond its traditional sound. In the Spring of 2013, Dave started working with his close friend Vincent (lead guitar) in an attempt to flesh out some of the tunes that were floating around in his head. After a going through a series drummers, guitarists and bass players, they finally nailed down the first iteration; the group that created their debut. Since that recording, all members aside from Vincent and Dave were eventually replaced. Martyrs are now Dave, Vincent, Aaron (ambient guitar), Spencer (bass), and Sean (drums.)

Martyrs primary reason for existence is playing shows; ideally in all ages/DIY settings such as basements, function halls and art galleries. Martyrs has chosen explicitly to refrain from engaging in social media, believing that direct human interaction is critical to the organic evolution of art. Although Martyrs have strong convictions when it comes to DIY music and art culture, they are interested in intimately interacting with as many people and bands as possible both from inside and outside the culture.

The Great Disturbance was written in both Dave and Vincent’s living rooms, and honed live at Studio 52 in Allston, MA. While each song is meant to stand on its own, a major narrative theme running through record is the idea that the majority of human suffering is due to unaddressed irrational beliefs held by the individual. This draws heavily on material often documented in the field of clinical psychology with a heavy emphasis on the works of Albert Ellis. Although this theme is a universal assessment of humanity as a whole, the record at times focuses on how this concept specifically relates to modern underground art and music culture as well.

Dave hopes that those that listen to The Great Disturbance come away from the record with a sense of excitement, a desire to join them in live settings in support of what they do, and beyond that a desire to explore their local DIY art and music scene in person, away from their devices.


RIYL: F*cked Up, OFF!, Defeater, Touché Amoré, Worshipper
TRY: #4, 2, 7, 12
DIRTY: #6

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
https://youtu.be/gh4JS0sZ2nM


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Kestrels
Kestrels
Sonic Unyon
ADDS 11/15/16
CD / DIGITAL

"A little bit lo-fi, a little bit noise-pop...all fuzz pedals, potent drums, and soft vocals." – KEXP (Song Of The Day for "No Alternative")

"huge, anthemic choruses and sticky pop melodies surfing tidal waves of pedal-driven noise and crashing rhythms" – Noisey

"Halifax noise-pop trio Kestrels solidify their reputation as worthy contenders in the new wave of shoegaze" – Exclaim

"Pits layers of effects against an extremely vital, immediate, and visceral sense of songwriting” – Clash Music

Halifax noise-pop power trio Kestrels return with their new self-titled album on Hamilton, Ontario’s fabled Sonic Unyon label. Regrouping following a devastating van and gear theft that saw the band lose key boutique, modded, and vintage equipment, the record sees the band with a renewed focus on combining a frenzied union of striking melody and sonic bliss.

Two years in the making, the full length was teased with 2014’s The Moon is Shining Our Way EP, a collection of four songs from the album sessions. Having toured the EP internationally and shared stages with the likes of Speedy Ortiz, Ringo Deathstarr, Beliefs, Greys, and Ash, the EP's title track was mainstay on college radio and CBC Radio 3, laying the groundwork for their defining third record.

Recording the rhythm tracks in downtown Toronto’s Dream House Studio by Alex Bonenfant (METZ, Crystal Castles), with vocal sessions and guitar tracking taking place in vocalist/guitarist Chad Peck’s gear sanctuary/home studio in rural Nova Scotia, Kestrels tapped lauded producer Brad Wood (Touche Amore, Smashing Pumpkins, Sunny Day Real Estate) to mix the record in his LA based Seagrass Studio in the spring of 2015. Ringo Deathstarr's Elliott Frazier and Alex Gehring also make cameo guitar and vocal appearances, solidifying a friendship that began with a Canadian tour in 2012.

The end result is by far Kestrels' most accomplished recording to date. Drummer Paul Brown provides rhythm dynamics that can turn from tightly wound to borderline unhinged on a dime, Devin Peck covers unprecedented sonic ground with his bass, and Peck provides soft focus vocals backed by alternately tuned Fender Jazzmasters pushed through all manner of obscure Japanese fuzz pedals and coveted 80s rackmount processors.

The sum total is a nod to the past, a response to the present, and a warm invitation into tomorrow.


RIYL: DInosaur Jr, Built to Spill, Pity Sex
TRY: #1, 2, 8, 10

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/kestrels
https://twitter.com/kestrelshfx
https://www.instagram.com/kestrelsband/
http://kestrels.bandcamp.com/


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Mickey Theis
Range Songs
Infinite Gesture Records
ADDS 11/15/16
CD / DIGITAL

“For his solo debut, former Motel Motel guitarist Mickey Theis holds nothing back.” - Jonny Leather, meccalecca.com

Theis is an all-round performer. He can act and sing and play guitar and do flips and win sword fights.” - Christopher Arnott, The New Haven Independent

Following a long collaboration with Brooklyn-based rock outfit, Motel Motel, singer/songwriter Mickey Theis has reappeared with a solo debut, Range Songs. Comprised of elegantly orchestrated Folk-Rock that treks a territory somewhere between playful and sorrowful, this debut is the first release on Theis' own label, Infinite Gesture Records

Originally from Denver, Colorado, Theis is a songwriter and actor, currently based in New York City. As a musician, Theis has written and performed as a solo artist, for the theater, and with Motel Motel, a band with which he toured internationally and released New Denver (2008) and The Big Island (2010). As an actor, he has appeared in television roles and in off-Broadway theater, often developing plays with new playwrights. In his spare time, he reads, writes, or rides a unicycle.

Folk and Americana listeners will enjoy the more familiar song structures of “Orphan” and “Freedom,” while the more emotional and confessional “Places” and “Elsewhere” navigate darker, more elaborate musical terrain. Other tracks, like “True Love” and “Silent Son” demonstrate Theis’ craft as a budding producer, as he skillfully weaves sparse, Folk melodies into Springsteen-like, anthemic Rock. 

Range Songs presents a more experimental side with tunes like the jazzy, elegiac ballad, “Eyes Wide Open,” or the album’s cinematic instrumental, “Missing.” These more adventurous tracks serve as a compelling counterpoint to more traditional material, like the haunting Folk number, “O Haniel” or Nilsson-esque Country lament, “Are You Coming out Tonight?” 


RIYL: Bon Iver, Bill Callahan, Jackson Browne, Jim O’rourke, Andrew Bird, Silver Jews, Wilco
DIRTY: #1 - Clean edit included in DL Folder!
TRY: #2, 4, 5 (and clean version of #1)

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://www.mickeytheis.com/
https://twitter.com/mickeytheis
https://www.facebook.com/mickeytheismusic/


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Us and Us Only
Bored Crusader
Topshelf Records
ADDS 11/15/16
DIGITAL ONLY

Us and Us Only, a genre hopping indie rock act from Baltimore, formed in 2009 around the core members of vocalist/guitarist Kinsey Matthews, drummer/producer Sean Mercer, and violinist Mike Suica. An initial release of early demos titled “Denim Everything”, led to the music video for “Rapture”, which has since taken on a life of its own, being used for everything from memes, restaurant menus, and presumably one or two band t-shirts. These early demos gave way to their first official release, “Dark Cloud Past”. A few member changes later the band expanded their sound on “Lifting Lake Eerie”, bringing in more layered harmonies and orchestral arrangements. Following this record, the band grew to include bassist Nick Hughes as well as guitarist Dan Windsor. This lineup change brought about their most emotionally charged and sonically concise recordings to date. “Bored Crusader”, an EP released in early 2015 (now re-released on Topshelf Records), found the band experimenting with loops and vocal arrangements, as well as more melodically driven songs. The band is currently working on their full length debut which will be out in 2017.


RIYL: Band Of Horses, Sidekicks, Maps and Atlases
TRY: #1, 2, 3

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://www.topshelfrecords.com/roster/us-and-us-only
https://twitter.com/usandusonlyyy
https://www.facebook.com/usandusonly
https://www.instagram.com/usandusonlyyy/


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The Regrettes
Hey Now (EP)
Warner Bros. Records
ADDS 11/15/16
DIGITAL ONLY

Debut album Feel Your Feelings Fool due 1/13 via Warner Bros. Records

"an attitudinal, guitar-laced bop with retro sensibilities and catchy melodies." – Stereogum

"tongue-in-cheek garage-pop uses humor and nuance to transform ’60s pop into soul-baring, therapeutic rock songs." - Rookie Mag

"While The Regrettes are still fairly new, it’s clear that Night and her crew are a swiftly developing force to be reckoned with" - NOISEY

"Punk outfit The Regrettes confront their critics on new song “Seashore” ... An anthem for anyone who's ever been discounted because of their gender" - Consequence of Sound

On tour now with Sleigh Bells!

Perfectly imperfect - that’s one way to describe LA based punk act, The Regrettes. Writing songs that proudly bear a brazen and unabashed attitude in the vein of acts Courtney Barnett or Karen O - with a pop aesthetic reminiscent of 50’s and 60’s acts a la the Temptations or Buddy Holly - the LA based four piece create infectious, punk driven tracks.

Lead by outspoken frontwoman, Lydia Night, and comprised of Genessa Gariano on guitar, Sage Nicole on bass and drummer Maxx Morando, the group have left the LA rock scene floored, managing to capture the hearts of jaded rock critics while opening for acts like Kate Nash, Jack Off Jill, Bleached, Pins, Deep Vally and more. With nothing but demos available online, the group are already beginning to generate hype, from outlets like NPR, and with NYLON already heralding them them as a “punk act you should be listening to”.

From the opening moments on a track by The Regrettes, we’re greeted with a wall of guitars, infectious melodies and a wistful nostalgia that continues right until the final notes. Taking cues from acts like Hinds and Hole, there’s a wistful sense of youth and vulnerability that lies at the heart of each song.

A song by The Regrettes is, essentially, a diary entry into Lydia’s life. “My music is a spectrum of every emotion that I have felt in the last year, and you can hear that when you hear the songs. Everything that is happening in my life influences me. It’s everything from boys, to friends, to being pissed off at people, to being really sad. Just everything.”

The most intoxicating draw of The Regrettes is their bashful, heart-on-your-sleeve temperament - writing urgent and fast-paced pop songs with a punk rock mentality. “The way that we write, it’s all based on honesty,” muses Lydia on the group’s punk aesthetic. “If I finish a song, I’ll just leave it - I won’t really go back to it. I like things to feel in the moment and I don’t want it to be perfect. If I work on something too much I lose it and get bored and I want to do the next one..”

First song, “A Living Human Girl,” best showcases the vulnerability of the group’s lyrics. Singing about a less than perfect complexion, a bra size that is considered smaller than most, and those little red bumps you get when you shave, The Regrettes aren’t afraid to embrace their imperfections. “Sometimes I’m pretty and sometimes I’m not”, sings Lydia over 60’s inspired guitar riffs and a kicked back drum beat. “I don’t remember exactly what sparked it, but I remember when I wrote those lyrics, I was just really angry.”

“There are times when you feel really insecure and you really don’t like yourself, so I wrote it for people who feel that and I wrote it for myself. I just felt like there wasn’t a song like that out there. A song that if I was feeling super shitty about myself, that I could listen to. I wanted something that would make girls and boys feel confident,” she explains.

Lydia’s not afraid to have her feelings on display. “I am not scared of anyone judging me, I don’t care. I don’t give a fuck if someone doesn’t like what I have to say. For every person that likes you, there’s a person that doesn’t like you. No matter what, if people can relate to the music then it’s worth it. That’s what is cool for me.” And at the end of the day, isn’t that what punk music is all about?


SINGLE: “Hey Now”
DIRTY: “Hot “& “Seashore “ (Clean Edits included in DL folder!)

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://www.theregrettes.com/
https://soundcloud.com/regrettesmusic
https://www.facebook.com/regrettes/
https://twitter.com/regrettesband

 

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Various Artists
Guitar Rebel: A Tribute To Link Wray
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 11/15/16
DIGITAL ONLY

"Link Wray was a rock and roll trailblazer.  Link was the first to use intentional distortion in a rock recording.  Link was the first to use the “power chord.”  Link was the first - and ONLY - to have an instrumental banned for fear it would incite teenage gang violence.  

Rock and roll would never be the same after Link Wray. From Bob Dylan to Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Page to Iggy Pop, Pete Townshend to Dan Auerbach - dozens of rock and roll legends cite Link Wray as a career influence.  Now, almost 60 years after Link set the world on fire with RUMBLE - he continues to influence another new generation of rockers who pay tribute in GUITAR REBEL.   I encourage you to seek out more information not only on Link Wray, but every artist in this collection.  You will not be disappointed." - Greg Laxton | LinkWray.com

"Link Wray is & always has been one of the most important & overlooked artists to emerge from the 50's. Countless artists have been influenced by him without realizing it."  - Ryan Meira | The Limbos

"The fact that Madonna is taking up Link Wray's space in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is reason enough to do a tribute. What kind of badass writes an instrumental that gets banned on the radio?" - Craig Fitzgerald  | Thee Sonomatics

Link Wray is everything that's "cool" about rock'n'roll and simplicity. He's a big part of the reason I romanticize this music.” - Jack Skuller 

Mint 400 Records' tribute to rockabilly and instrumental rock guitar great Link Wray is a treat” - Bob Makin | MyCentralJersey.com

Music historians credit Link Wray with inventing the power chord, paving the way for punk, metal, and most classic rock, but sadly he's largely remembered today only for his 1958 instrumental single "Rumble." In his day, Link Wray's ferocious guitar style was actually banned in several major cities for fear the music would incite youth violence. You can believe that hearing Jack Skuller's rumbling version of "Slinky," or Mint 400 flagship band Fairmont's tribute to "Rumble." The One And Nines manage to recreate Wray's novelty hit "Run Chicken Run" (with the electric guitar mimicking the clucking sound of barnyard poultry.) Other standout tracks include Zachs Uncle's throbbing rendition of "Jack The Ripper," The Limbos' horn-driven "The Swag," Fairmont's version of Wray's cover of Howlin Wolf's "Hidden Charms" (one of the few Wray tracks with lyrics and vocals!) and Thee Sonomatic's version of Wray's motorcycle anthem "Hang On." - Jim Testa | Jersey Beat

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://mint400records.com
https://twitter.com/mint400records
https://www.facebook.com/mint400records
https://soundcloud.com/mint400records


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Nina Diaz
The Beat Is Dead
Cosmica Records
ADDS 11/8/16
CD/DIGITAL

Debut Solo Album From Girl In A Coma Frontwoman Now Streaming on NPR First Listen!

NPR Tiny Desk Concert

"Diaz is putting forth something more accessible but no less ferocious." - Fuse.tv

"As a solo artist, Diaz finds new ways to sound ferocious, this time via songs packed with the kind of subtleties that come with a bit of age and wisdom." - NPR

Diaz hints at some of her newfound wisdom and maturity while staying true to her '80s punk-rock roots.” - ELLE

" ...the star of the album is her powerful, emphatic vocals that'll one-two punch you in the gut." - PAPER

"she seems to be channeling classic Morrissey...but with a touch of Jarvis Cocker’s visceral histrionics, and some serious XX chromosome power." - Blackbook

Revered for fronting the punk band Girl In A Coma, touring with Morrissey, Tegan and Sara, Frank Black, The Pogues and more, Nina Diaz’ wildly seductive live performance & warm sense of humor has enraptured fans across the world.

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: Stars, Santigold, The Bird And The Bee, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Pretenders
TRY: #1, 3, 4, 10

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://www.ninadiazmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ninadiazmusic/
https://www.instagram.com/ninadiazmusic
https://twitter.com/ninadiazmusic


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Dead To Me
I Wanna Die In Los Angeles
Fat Wreck Chords
ADDS 11/8/16
DIGITAL ONLY

"Dead To Me De-romanticize Addiction on Their New EP, I Wanna Die in Los Angeles" - Noisey premiere

"Dead To Me addresses addiction on the harrowing I Wanna Die In Los Angeles” - The A.V. Club premiere

Fans of Bay Area punk quartet Dead To Me got some exciting news in October 2014: After having been away from the band for six years and two full-lengths, beloved vocalist/guitarist and founding member Jack Dalrymple was rejoining the band; together, the rejuvenated lineup had begun work on a new full-length. Dead To Me had been laying low since completing the touring cycle in support of 2011’s Moscow Penny Ante, so on its face, this was exciting news—the band was, indeed, back together. Less than two weeks later, it almost came to an ignominious end, thanks to Dead To Me vocalist/bassist Tyson “Chicken” Annicharico’s nonstop drug and alcohol abuse leading him to, in his words, “a psychotic break” which resulted in his admission into a psych ward in San Diego in early November. “I had a three-day fugue state where I don’t really know what happened,” Annicharico says. “I came to in the psych ward and was just like, ‘Well f*ck, man, I guess the jig is up.’ It was a cry for help on a subconscious level. The decision was made for me. I wasn’t like, ‘I gotta get help.’ In the past, I’ve had bottoming-out periods before and I was like, ‘Oh, I’ll get better eventually,’ but this time, when I bottomed out, I’m like, ‘I’m just like this now. I’ll never get better.’ I didn’t care.  I didn’t care. I went to treatment,” he continues, “and after months and months and months, the fog started to lift. I said, ‘Fuck that. I do want to live. I do want a life worth living.’”
            
Thus began Annicharico’s new life as a sober artist, something which he never thought he would experience. “People in punk rock romanticize artists who were junkies and drunks, like Bukowski and Lou Reed,” he admits. “There’s something to be said for the insane bravery it takes to face the world sober. I wish 14-year-old me would’ve gotten more into Minor Threat! He laughs, but it’s clear he is relishing his time free of substances. For one, it allowed him to write Dead To Me’s new EP, I Wanna Die In Los Angeles. Written in the months following his hospitalization and inspired directly from his bottoming out, the three songs are lightning bolts of energetic, gritty punk that sounds as urgent as the best songs on the band’s debut, Cuban Ballerina—and even more lyrically honest.  “Accountability has been my motivation for a lot of Dead To Me lyrics,” the bassist confesses. “Part of me feels embarrassed because I don’t like putting my business out there, but then it’s healthy because it makes me talk about it. If I’m talking about it, it’s a real f*ckin’ thing. It’s really normal for addicts to downplay their drug use because they’re trying to minimize the severity of their disease. I don’t wanna romanticize it, but it’s good that I talk about it so I realize the gravity of the situation.”
 
The EP was recorded in July 2016 at Oakland’s Jingletown Recording Studios, with the newly focused Annicharico taking on the role of producer—the first time he’s ever assumed that responsibility with Dead To Me. Engineering came from Ian McGregor, who is best known as the engineer for Grammy-nominated producer Greg Wells. “He loves punk bands,” Annicharico says of McGregor. “He works so fast and does such cool sh!t that it’s a really cool relationship to have. He gets how to keep the soul of a song punk.” With a fiery new EP ready for release and a brand new full-length on the horizon, it’s safe to say that Dead To Me is officially back—and if you ask Annicharico, they’re better than ever. “I feel like it’s the first time we’ve fired on all cylinders ever,” he admits. “We were young when we started the band and had a lot of other stuff going on. We’ve come out the other end with an appreciation for all these other things in our lives so it gives us this renewed energy in Dead To Me, without the need for validation. We have so much fun hanging out together. I’ve written a couple albums’ worth of songs since I’ve been sober. Honestly, we’re just getting started—the sky’s the limit.”




RIYL: Wavves, toyGuitar, Plague Vendor
TRY: #1, 2, 3

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https://www.facebook.com/deadtomesf/
https://twitter.com/deadtomesf
https://www.fatwreck.com/band/index/83


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Dangers
The Bend in the Break
Topshelf Records
ADDS 11/8/16
DIGITAL ONLY

"It's not often you come across a band that can jolt all your senses into action, giving you a new lease of life while reminding you extremely vividly that you will probably die a slow and horrible death." - Noisey

"Some of the most interesting timing structures and chord progressions in any hardcore song." - Punk News

"Dangers are known for releases that display an incredible conservation of space, doing a great deal in the short, controlled bursts that characterize their tracks." - Exclaim!

Dangers is a hardcore punk band from Los Angeles, California. They have been playing basements, garages, living rooms, squats, warehouses, banquet halls, high school auditoriums, Adriatic beach resorts, abandoned Soviet furniture factories, and public park gazebos since the winter of 2005. In their decade of existence, they have booked their own tours across the United States, Europe, United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, and Southeast Asia.



After self-releasing two critically-acclaimed LPs and two EPs on their own Vitriol Records, they are now pushing their third LP, The Bend in the Break, out into the world now via Topshelf Records. It is an attempt to locate the band within the rapidly changing landscapes of both loud music and our rotten culture-at-large, and finds the band incorporating its roots into a sound and performance more their own than ever.

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Converge
TRY: #5, 4, 3
DIRTY: #1, 11

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://www.topshelfrecords.com/roster/dangers
https://wearedangers.bandcamp.com/
http://www.wearedangers.com/


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SayWeCanFly
Blessed Are Those
Epitaph
ADDS 11/8/16
DIGITAL ONLY

Watch the video for “The Space Between Our Eyes” at Alternative Press
 
Canadian singer/songwriter SayWeCanFly will release his new album Blessed Are Those on November 4th. A one-man acoustic act helmed by 21-year-old Braden Barrie, SayWeCanFly creates gracefully arranged music that’s bravely honest about many of the struggles we face throughout our lives.
 
Revealing SayWeCanFly’s newly expanded and more intricate sound, Blessed Are Those features such songs as “The Space Between Our Eyes” (a piano-laced track powered by deeply personal storytelling) and “Most of the Time” (a harmony-infused ballad that offsets its hard-hitting rhythms with delicate strings).
 
Blessed Are Those marks SayWeCanFly’s second release for Epitaph, arriving as the follow-up to his 2015 EP Darling.
 
Hailing from Lindsay, Ontario, Barrie began making music under the name SayWeCanFly in 2009. Prior to signing with Epitaph, SayWeCanFly released 3 EPs plus 1 LP, and built up a devoted underground fanbase. In 2015, he had a successful stint on the Warped Tour’s Acoustic Basement stage, then appeared on the Full Sail University Stage in 2016.
 
With his massive social media following, Braden is also known for his YouTube videos about real life issues like anxiety and loneliness, which show the same brave vulnerability that Barrie brings to his music. “I just want to remind everyone that it’s important we stare darkness in the eyes and continue to beware of its presence, because that in itself makes us stronger.”
 
SayWeCanFly will embark on a headline tour beginning November 3 in Toronto, Canada through December 4th in Howell, NJ.   


RIYL: This Wild Life, Set It Off, Never Shout Never
TRY: #6, 5, 2
DIRTY: #3

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/saywecanfly/
https://twitter.com/SayWeCanFly
https://www.instagram.com/saywecanfly
http://epitaph.com/artists/saywecanfly


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Letters to Cleo
Back To Nebraska
Self-Released
ADDS 11/1/16
CD / DIGITAL

Boston alt-rock band Letters to Cleo will be reuniting this fall with original members Kay Hanley (vocals), Michael Eisenstein (guitar), Stacy Jones (drums), and Greg McKenna (guitar). The band is releasing new music for the first time in seventeen years. The five song EP is available for pre-order in multiple formats through PledgeMusic.

For the band, staying true to the chemistry that defined their sound throughout the 90’s was key to the creation of this new record. “It’s a blast,” says McKenna. “I mean, we spent our formative years learning how to do this stuff together. When it was done, we went out and lived our lives and now everyone’s bringing their experiences back to this at a new level of musicianship, but writing with these guys still feels effortless.”

The songs are instantly recognizable Letters to Cleo concoctions that fans will devour. “It feels completely unforced. It sounds like classic Cleo. But at the same time, there’s nothing nostalgic about it,” says Jones. From Eisenstein’s fierce, angular guitars locking horns with Jones’ roaring locomotive rhythm on “Hitch A Ride” to McKenna and Hanley’s signature melodic ESP on “Good Right Here,” the Cleo bandmates are in prizefighting form.

Following the release of the record the band will be heading out on the road playing songs from the new EP, along with Letters to Cleo classics and fan favorites, in select U.S. markets.

Letters to Cleo formed in 1990 in Boston, lead by guitarist Greg Mckenna and singer Kay Hanley. The band came onto the National spotlight with the release of their first hit single "Here & Now,” released by Giant Records (a subsidiary of Warner Brothers Records). The song reached No. 10 on the Billboard Modern Rock Singles chart. The bands music could be heard on many of the top TV shows and films throughout the 1990’s, including the cult classic 10 Things I Hate About You, where the band contributed four songs to the soundtrack and were featured in the film. The band played their last show in 2000 and each of the members went on to have successful careers working in different areas of music from production, writing, performance, musical directing and more.


RIYL: Potty Mouth, The Muffs, Upset, Best Coast
DIRTY: #2, 4
TRY: #1, 3, 5
(clean edits of #2 + 4 included in download folder)

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://www.letterstocleo.net/
https://twitter.com/letterstocleo
https://www.facebook.com/letterstocleomusic/
https://www.instagram.com/letters_to_cleo/
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/letterstocleo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letters_to_Cleo


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Big Mother Gig
Smiling Politely
Self-Released
ADDS 11/1/16
DIGITAL ONLY

This is Big Mother Gig’s 1996 Smiling Politely, recorded by Jeff 
Hamilton (Violent Femmes) and Paul 
Kneevers. It has been re-mastered in 2016 by KRAMER and is being released digitally for the very first time (previously only available on cassette). We will have Big Mother Gig’s brand new EP Almost Primed for you in 2017.

The last time Milwaukee alt-rock quartet played together, Bill Clinton was president, Pitchfork was just launching and people bought CDs. Musically, they pulled from a small set of influences: Midwestern indie acts Replacements and Hüsker Dü with a splash of classic hard rock like AC/DC, The Who or Led Zeppelin.

Formed in 1992 on the snowy Marquette campus, amassed 3 releases, played 150 times in smoky bars across the Midwest and drank a lot. By 1996, they were getting airplay on 102.1 (WLUM), 91.7 (WMSE) and 102.9 (Lazer 103) and played SummerFest.

At their final show, Dave Pirner from Soul Asylum proclaimed them “energetic” while A&R reps expressed interest. Within a few weeks, however, convinced that Milwaukee bands never make it, Jankovich moved to New York to seek a career in music. Within 6 months, Milwaukee bands got sucked up in a signing spree as the majors exhausted Chicago and drove about an hour north. Citizen King, The Promise Ring and more made a national impact with their records and live shows. Still others got caught up in the major label system, never to even release an album.

In the years since, Jankovich went on to modest success with his indie electronica acts Burnside Project (Bar/None, Sony) and Pocket (remixes for Radiohead, Beck) and eventually formed his own music promotion company. Guitarist Riz Rashid returned to his homeland of Malaysia where he built a career in marketing, launched a guitar import business and led some of Malaysia’s most exciting indie rock bands. Bassist Matt Deede and Drummer Brady Roehl largely left the music scene, focusing on their careers and having families. But a funny thing happens to the past. That question of “What If?” kept sneaking up on them.

In 2013, after nearly two decades of silence, the 4 band members reconnected for an upcoming book and offers soon came in to reunite. After resolving logistical issues, they decided to give it another shot. On August 30th, 2016, exactly 20 years since their final show, they re-released their discography, previously only available on cassette. The local press was enthusiastic and it was covered by the Journal-Sentinel, Milwaukee Record and WYMS-FM (88.9.) Support came flowing in from commercial radio stations and more show offers rolled in. They booked a massive reunion show in March, Then a SXSW tour the week prior and wrapped up a brand new 6-song EP, “Almost Primed (coming in 2017).”


RIYL: Hold Steady, Beach Slang, Deer Tick, Titus Andronicus, Superchunk, Replacements, Bob Mould
TRY: #1, 2, 3, 11, 10, 13
DIRTY: #4

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://bigmothergig.com/
https://www.facebook.com/bigmothergig/


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Nekromantix
A Symphony of Wolf Tones & Ghost Notes
Hellcat/Epitaph
ADDS 11/1/16
DIGITAL ONLY

Nekromantix is a musical unearthing of the biggest themes from the greatest works of monster, zombie, vampire, werewolf and b-horror fiction; ripped from literature, comic book pages or classic celluloid. Nekromantix chases a darkly romantic muse with an even darker humor.

A Symphony of Wolf Tones & Ghost Notes broadens the Nekromantix legacy with expansive ambition that never sacrifices the trio’s inherent grittiness, furiously stoking and reshaping the flames of the creative vision begun in Denmark with legendary labels like Nervous Records, through the band’s master classes in punk n’ roll albums stateside with Hellcat Records, the label cofounded by Tim Armstrong (Rancid) and Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion).

Armed with his signature coffin bass, chilling baritone, monstrous expressions and ten-stories-tall haircut, Kim Nekroman has earned tremendous respect, admiration and goodwill from a fiercely dedicated legion of hard-partiers, rabble-rousers, well-meaning degenerates, grease monkeys, outlaw bikers, nostalgic tastemakers and forward-thinking punks. It’s a crew of supporters as diverse as the otherwise classic and timeless music the Danish-born California transplant has unleashed as leader of Nekromantix.

Nekroman has been joined by skilled guitarist Francisco Mesa for nearly a decade now, with drummer Adam Guerrero bringing a fresh injection of passionate enthusiasm to the band in 2014. A Symphony of Wolf Tones & Ghost Notes is a fertile proving ground for a reenergized lineup that fans of the band have already loved for two years. New songs like “Glow in the Dark,” “War Bats” and “Resting Witch Face” are instant classics, standing mightily alongside the greatest Nekromantix songs enduring in their set list.

To their dedicated army of supporters around the world and across every dimension, Nekromantix stands tall among the ghosts in rock n’ roll’s undead cemetery.


RIYL: Tiger Army, Horrorpops, Creepshow, Devil's Brigade, The Cramps, The Phenomenauts
TRY: #1, 2, 3, 8
DIRTY: #10

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/Nekromantix/
https://twitter.com/Nekromantix
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nekromantix
http://www.hell-cat.com/artists/artist/52/Nekromantix


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John K Samson
Winter Wheat
Anti-
ADDS 10/25/16
CD / DIGITAL

"Winter Wheat's saddest moments are leavened by a light touch — and by a voice that remains as comforting as a phone call from a faraway friend." - NPR First Listen

Singer/songwriter John K. Samson enlists the rhythm section from his renowned band The Weakerthans for much of his second solo album, Winter Wheat. Inspired by the search for connection and community, his hometown of Winnipeg, and our individual and collective struggles with addictions to drugs, screens, and fossil fuels - Winter Wheat is a sprawling, masterful and timely work by a writer at the peak of his powers.

Winter Wheat was produced in garages and homes through a Winnipeg winter by Samson’s partner and collaborator, Christine Fellows, and his Weakerthans co-founder and drummer/ multi-instrumentalist Jason Tait, and mixed in the spring in Toronto by Robbie Lackritz (Bahamas, Feist). The spare and thoughtful arrangements also feature Greg Smith of The Weakerthans on electric bass, Ashley Au on double and electric bass, Leanne Zacharias on cello, and Shotgun Jimmie on electric guitar.

Like the crop itself, which is planted in the fall, sprouts, goes dormant through months of snow and rises in the spring, Winter Wheat is a determined, beautiful, resilient response to difficult and extraordinary times.

The A.V. Club - Interview


RIYL: Weakerthans, Wilco, Conor Oberst, Built to Spill
TRY: #2, 12, 4, 5, 10

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://johnksamson.com/
http://www.anti.com/artists/john-k-samson/
https://www.facebook.com/johnksamsonmusic/


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Tri-State
We Did What We Could Do
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 11/1/16
DIGITAL ONLY

Tri-State has been dealing its brand of guitar-based rock’n’roll since 2010. Started as a way for a handful of ex-indie rockers (Dunebuggy, Mohair, Spindale, The Conquistadors, Clean Living Pills) to blow off some midlife steam, over the past several years the band’s engaging take on the indie and alternative rock of the 1980s and 1990s has garnered a growing following in northern New Jersey and beyond. Combining pop hooks, vocal harmonies, driving beats, and intricate, intertwined guitars with intelligent lyrics addressing everything from the aftermath of maritime disaster to Detroit hipsters to the travails of parenthood, Tri-State’s music has been compared to Pavement, Guided by Voices, Built to Spill, Television, the Feelies, Dinosaur Jr., Eleventh Dream Day, Wilco, and early REM.

Tri-State’s eponymous debut EP was named a top New Jersey release of 2013 by Jersey Beat’s Jim Testa and Lazlo’s Blow Up Radio. Testa called it “a terrific record that neatly draws inspiration from Nineties alterna-rock without sounding dated or derivative…The guitars rumble and roar, the drumming always keeps things moving forward, and the vocals and lyrics bring a perspective you just don’t find in younger bands. Well worth checking out.”

Independent Clauses noted the EP’s “complex lyrical turns and less obvious arrangement,” “unhurried, ‘let’s give this some space’ method,” and“mature songwriting that appreciates with multiple listens.”

Cool Dad Music called the EP “uplifting” and celebrated its “indie / power pop feel,” “interesting rhythms, and “guitars, alternating between jangly leads and crunchy chords.”

That EP led to the band’s signing with Mint 400 Records in 2014. Since then, Tri-State has released two songs for Mint 400 compilations, both of which received internet and college radio attention, and a 2015 single (New Minuits/Titanic Bros.). Independent Clauses wrote of New Minuits: “this low-slung rock tune escaped from some preternaturally chill realm: it’s smart, cool, moody, lyrically clever and vocally impressive without breaking a sweat.” 

In late 2015, Tri-State began recording new material at Tom Lucas’s Laughing Boy Studios in West Orange, NJ. The result is We Did What We Could Do, a five-song EP engineered and mixed by Lucas and mastered by Alex Saltz at APS Mastering that captures the power of Tri-State’s live shows while adding new sonic layers. These songs reward the listener with bits of everything from toy piano to soprano sax to tape loops, while remaining true to band’s history of writing catchy and lyrically intelligent songs that explore themes of loss, resignation and the struggle for satisfaction in face of life’s inevitable limitations and disappointments. From Summer Nun’s jangly power pop, broken up by an almost middle-Eastern-esque bridge, to a Automatic Man’s sinewy, fast-paced atmospherics, We Did What We Could Do brings Tri-State’s indie rock to a new level in a way that both long-time fans and new listeners will appreciate. 


RIYL: Pavement, Guided by Voices, Dinosaur Jr., REM
TRY: #1, 2, 5

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/TriStateTheBand/
https://twitter.com/TriStateTheBand
https://tristatetheband.bandcamp.com/
http://tristatetheband.com/