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Slaughter Beach Dog Birdie

Slaughter Beach, Dog

Birdie

Lame-O Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Philly indie/emo punk act Modern Baseball recently entered hiatus due in part to a case of writer’s block experienced by Jake Ewald.  As part of his therapy he embarked on a side project, Slaughter Beach, Dog, that shifted his attention from songs about personal experience to the outward construction of a fictional town and creation of accompanying inhabitants.  Ewald’s Motorcycle.jpg EP was a refreshingly vivid example of storytelling, and his follow-up full-length, Birdie, travels even deeper down the rabbit hole.  

While Motorcycle.jpg by and large invoked an indie-rock approach, Birdie mellows by way of acoustic delivery and emotional intuition.  Ewald channels his inner John K. Samson (The Weakerthans) in stripped down opener “Phoenix,” a song that lucidly describes an emergent relationship through affectionate descriptions of mundanities and memory that stick with the heart.  Ewald’s delicate delivery unfolds in tandem with lyrics that envelops the listener in a momentary mirage: “Your mother asked for a picture, she says today is your birthday, in some strung out western stutter, making all the world her ashtray, she adjusts her aviators, with an absent shaking hand, tilts the camera 45 degree and calls out modelling commands.”  Ewald’s somber tone intuitively builds an imagery and experience of that of a heavy heart.  

While Slaughter Beach, Dog is vocally damp, Ewald’s instrumental full band vision picks up the pace with layers of organ keys, wispy female vocals, and upbeat tempos.  Take “Pretty Okay,” which provokes an easy Smoking Popes vibe both in Ewald’s anecdote-rich narrative style and lingering acoustic pop-punk informed chorus (even just the smooth pronounced way he enunciates the word “college” brings to mind the Smoking Popes song of the same name).  Similar offerings include the sing along style “Sleepwalking” and whistle inducing “Acolyte”  Comparatively, the slight indie keyboard and layered self-harmonies of “Gold and Green” evoke an early Mock Orange influence.  At their core, these songs are simply a pleasure to become acquainted with.  They’re charming in personality and entertaining in substance – like an unassuming conversational highlight with a typically introverted friend.

“Everything new is a little bit bad and everything old turns you off” sings Ewald in the chorus of “Bad Beer.”  The curious little contradiction will likely appeal to the aging, thirty-something audience that Birdie will likely sit easiest with.  Not to say that aging Millennials (aka “The Organ Trail Generation) won’t point to songs like “Friend Song” and “Buttercup” as a little slow moving and clunky in the midst of such a smooth track list, but they will surely appreciate the likenesses to many bands from their college years.  Even beyond that, Slaughter Beach, Dog offers plenty of reasons for fans of indie/emo punk to take some time and become acquainted with Birdie’s vibrant world.

Slaughter Beach, Dog Release Full Stream Of New Album ‘Birdie’

Slaughter Beach Dog BirdieSlaughter Beach, Dog, Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball, are now streaming their new album, Birdie, in full. Birdie is released this Friday, October 27th, and pre-orders are now available physically here and digitally here via Lame-O Records, in the UK and Europe via Big Scary Monsters here and in Australia via Cooking Vinyl here.

Slaughter Beach, Dog will begin their headlining tour this fall with support from Shannen Moser.

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Slaughter Beach, Dog Release Stream of ‘Acolyte’

Slaughter Beach Dog BirdieSlaughter Beach, Dog, the solo project of Modern Baseball‘s Jake Ewald, have released a stream of their new song, Acolyte, that is taken from of Slaughter Beach, Dog‘s new album, Birdie, that is due out on October 27th on Lame-O Records. You can pre-order Birdie on physical formats via Lame-O Records in the US here, via Big Scary Monsters Records in Europe here, and in Australia via Cooking Vinyl here.

Acolyte can be streamed via Noisy here

Birdie can be pre-ordered via Bandcamp here

Cherry Streams New Album In Full

CHerryCherry is streaming their upcoming debut LP.  The disc will be titled Dumbness and is set to drop on September 29, 2017 via Lame-O Records.  The album follows their Gloom EP.

Listen to the full disc here.

Cherry Release ‘Forever Overhead’ Video

Cherry DumbnessCherry have released their new song, Forever Overhead, that is taken from the band’s debut album Dumbness, that is set to be released on September 29th via Lame-O Records. The Philadelphia indie rock project features members of Kite Party and Three Man Cannon, as well Lame-O Records owner Eric Osman on drums. 

Pre-orders for Dumbness are now available physically here and digitally here 

You can view the video for Forever Overhead, and Cherry‘s US tour dates, below Read More…

Slaughter Beach, Dog – Fish Fry

Slaughter Beach Dog BirdieSlaughter Beach, Dog, have premiered a new song from their recently announced their new record, Birdie, which will be coming out October 27th on Lame-O Records. Pre-orders for Birdie are available physically here and digitally here via Lame-O Records, in the UK/Europe via Big Scary Monsters Records here, and in Australia via Cooking Vinyl here.

Listen to the new song “Fish Fry” below.

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Cherry – Cherry

CHerryCherry are streaming  new song from their upcoming debut LP.  The disc will be titled Dumbness and is set to drop on September 29, 2017 via Lame-O Records.  The album follows their Gloom EP.

Listen to the song “Cherry” here courtesy Noisey.

 

Walter etc GC

Walter Etc.

Gloom Cruise

Lame-O Records / Lauren Records / Making New Enemies
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Walter Etc, formerly known as Walter Mitty And His Makeshift Orchestra, have been one of the embodiments of the West Coast DIY scene ever since their first release back in 2009, now the band are set to release their their first album, Gloom Cruise, under their new moniker. Gloom Cruise is set to be released on August 25th via the impressive trio of independent labels Lame-O Records, Lauren Records and Making New Enemies

Gloom Cruise is an album that is informed by the events that have preoccupied Dustin Hayes, aka Walter, since his original band came to an end, mainly a close friend’s drug addiction, and subsequent recovery, and Dustin’s own struggles with mental health. Gloom Cruise opens with a haunting introduction that gives way to sixties influenced piece of indie pop that brings to mind a laid back influence from The Libertines, this abruptly gives way to the heavier distorted strains of the album’s lead single, Stumptown Summer Heartthrob. Gloom Cruise is an album that continues to veer across styles, incorporating garage and sixties pop into an idiosyncratic blend, all the while maintaining an offbeat indie sensibility. 

There are mellow acoustic sections that sit amongst the indie stylings, and the occasional outbreak of distortion that makes Gloom Cruise is a downbeat yet strangely summery album, and it’s one that I feel will appeal to fans of the more leftfield side of the indie scene. Gloom Cruise is an album that represents both a continuation, and a step away from, the band’s previous recordings as Walter Mitty And His Makeshift Orchestra, but it’s one that will satisfy Walter Etc‘s loyal following that have been patiently waiting for this release.

Pre-orders for Gloom Cruise are available now on vinyl via Lame-O Records here and Lauren Records here

The limited edition cassette of Gloom Cruise is available via Making New Enemies here.

Thin Lips Announce US Tour With Worriers

Thin Lips Worriers Tour 17Philadelphia shredders Thin Lips have announced a tour this fall with Worriers, including dates at The Fest in Gainesville, FL. Thin Lips are touring in support of their 2016 release Riff Hard, that is available on physical and digital formats via Lame-O Records, Thin Lips are currently working on their new album that is slated to be released in 2018.

Riff Hard can be purchased digitally here and physically here

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Slaughter Beach, Dog Announce New Album And UK & US Tours

Slaughter Beach Dog BirdieSlaughter Beach, Dog, has just announced their new record, Birdie, will be coming out October 27th on Lame-O Records and the band are now premiering the first single from the record, Gold and Green. Pre-orders for Birdie are available physically here and digitally here via Lame-O Records, in the UK/Europe via Big Scary Monsters Records here, and in Australia via Cooking Vinyl here. Slaughter Beach, Dog have also announced a headlining US tour this fall with support from Shannen Moser, and Jake Ewald will also be playing a few solo dates in the UK this September.

You can view the video for Gold And Green, and Slaughter Beach, Dog‘s tour dates, below Read More…

Walter Etc. Release Stream Of ‘Petunia You’re Home’

Walter etc GCWalter Etc. are now streaming their new single, Petunia You’re Home, the song is taken from Walter Etc.‘s new LP Gloom Cruise, that is set to be released on August 25th. Pre-orders for the record are available now on vinyl via Lame-O Records here, Lauren Records here and on cassette via Making New Enemies here.

You can stream Petunia You’re Home here

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Cherry Announce Debut LP

CHerryCherry have announced plans for their debut LP.  The disc will be titled Dumbness and is set to drop on September 29, 2017 via Lame-O Records.  The album follows their Gloom EP.

Coinciding with the news the band has premiered the song “Under The Sun,” which can be heard below.

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The Obsessives Announce Fall Tour

Obsessives Fall Tour 17The Obsessives have just announced a tour this fall with The Wonder Years, Laura Stevenson and Jetty Bones. The tour begins on September 24th in Detroit and runs through to the 8th October in New York. Tickets will be available Friday, August 4th at 10 AM local time, The Obsessives are touring in support of their self titled album that was released earlier this year.
 
The Obsessives is available here (US), here (UK), here (AU) and digitally here
 
You can view the video for You’re My God, and The Obsessives tour dates, below

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Walter Etc. Release Stream Of ‘Stumptown Summer Heartthrob’

Walter etc GCWalter Etc, formerly known as Walter Mitty And His Makeshift Orchestra, have been one of the embodiments of west coast DIY since their first release in 2009, now the band are streaming their new single Stumptown Summer Hearrthrob, that is taken from the bands new LP, Gloom Cruise, which will be released on August 25th via Lame-O Records and Lauren Records. Pre-orders for Gloom Cruise are available now on vinyl via Lame-O Records here and Lauren Records here, and on cassette via Making New Enemies here.

Stumptown Summer Heartbreak can be streamed here

Slaughter Beach, Dog Motorcycle.jpg

Slaughter Beach, Dog

Motorcycle.jpg

Lame-O Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Slaughter Beach, Dog was created by Jake Ewald, one half of the songwriters in Modern Baseball, as a writing tool. He scripted the stories of make believe characters living in the titular town of Slaughter Beach to break through writers block and experiment outside of the personal storytelling style he’d developed with Modern Baseball. Since his debut under this moniker, Welcome, was released in the fall of 2016 Modern Baseball have announced a hiatus and Slaughter Beach, Dog has now become the main outlet for Jake Ewald‘s songwriting.

Your Cat gently eases you into the EP with guitar lines that have the feel of a George Harrison solo track, but there the comparisons end as the idiosyncratic approach of Slaughter Beach, Dog dominates to bring a fine introduction to their sophomore release. From here on in we’re into the more mellow side of Jake Ewald with the almost comatose Glowing, before the narrative style of 104 Degrees brings the pace up slightly with a track that reminds me of a laid back Jonathan Richman. The final track, Building The Ark, brings things back down again to compete a laid back quartet of tracks that have a more cohesive feel than Jake Ewald‘s initial release as Slaughter Beach, Dog.

Motorcycle.jpg makes a fine companion to Slaughter Beach, Dog‘s debut, Welcome, and will be a release that will welcomed by the fans of that first EP and those who need their Modern Baseball fix whilst that outfit is on hiatus. Motorcycle.jpg represents a positive move forward from their initial EP, in particular Your Cat and 104 Degrees have more appeal than the tracks on Welcome, and to me it seems that Jake Ewald is gaining confidence with his solo venture. The Motorcycle.jpg EP indicates that the citizens of Slaughter Beach, that only exist in Jake Ewald‘s subconscious, can look forward to some interesting times ahead.

Motorcycle.jpg can be pre-ordered via Lame-O Records here

Slaughter Beach, Dog To Release ‘Motorcycle.jpg’ EP

Slaughter Beach Dog Summer 17 TourSlaughter Beach, Dog (Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball) have just announced their new EP Motorcycle.jpg, that is due out on July 14th via Lame-O Records. The EP comes out in advance of an upcoming LP that is set to be released this fall. Slaughter Beach, Dog have also announced a headlining tour this August with fellow Lame-O Records roster mate Shannen Moser.

Motorcycle.jpg can be pre-ordered via Lame-O Records here (physical) and here (digital)

You can view Slaughter Beach, Dog‘s tour dates below

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Wiretap Records Release Compilation In Aid Of ACLU

Dont forget to py attentionOver the next four years Wiretap Records will continue to release an Attention! compilation four times per year and will be donating 100% of all proceeds from the compilations to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The latest release (Don’t Forget To) Pay Attention is now available as a pay what you want download of at least $1 or more. The compilation features 35 bands from the rosters of No Sleep Records, Big Scary Monsters Records, Lame-O-Records, Near Mint Records, Red Scare Industries, The Black Numbers, Cardigan Records, Save Your Generation Records, Take This To Heart Records and more

You download and stream (Don’t Forget To) Pay Attention here

The Obsessives Release Video For ‘You’re My God’

obsessives-artworkThe Obsessives have released the new video for the track You’re My God, the song is taken from the band’s self titled sophomore album and is out now physically and digitally via Lame-O Records in the US, Dog Knights Productions in the UK and Europe, and Cooking Vinyl in Australia. The Obsessives US tour with Sorority Noise begins on April 21st in Richmond, VA.

Pre-orders for The Obsessives are available here (USA), here (EU) and here (Au)

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Thin Lips Announce US Tour

Thin Lips Riff HardThin Lips have just announced their Spring tour, including dates with Museum Mouth, Great Cynics and Signals Midwest. Thin Lips are touring in support of their debut album Riff Hard, which was released in May of 2016 via Lame-O Records.

Riff Hard is available digitally here and on vinyl and CD here

The Punk Site review of Riff Hard can be read here

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Loose Tooth Big Day

Loose Tooth

Big Day

Lame-O Records / Father Daughter Records
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Rating: 2.5/5

 
 

 

 

Pennsylvanian quartet Loose Tooth have released their sophomore album Big Day today, April the 7th 2017, via Father/Daughter Records and Lame-O RecordsBig Day is the follow up to their 2015 debut album that was released via Fleeting Youth Records, Easy Easy East, and Big Day will be available on a multitude of formats including the more pedestrian CD and download options, up to the ‘black and baby pink’ and ‘aqua blue’ vinyl variants.

Sleep With The State Concept opens Big Day in fine upbeat indie style, or so you think as at the half way mark it lapses into a laid back jazz and blues jam, this sets the tone for the album, you never really know quite where any track is going to take you, there is a noisy indie base to Loose Tooth‘s sound but the experimentalism takes this sound off into new and uncharted directions. From one track to the next you don’t know what’s coming, I’ll avoid the obvious Forrest Gump quote, but i can confirm that this is an idiosyncratic and unpredictable album that’s unlike anything else I’ve heard this year.

Big Day is an album that sits proudly on it’s own, yes you can hear and identify a few influences such as Pixies, Velvet Underground, Pavement and even, at least to my ears, Captain Beefheart in their sound, but the overall effect is one that is definitely their own. There is no commercial intent with this album, there is nothing in sight that anyone would call radio friendly or destined to be a hit single, Big Day is a unique slice of the more avant-garde side of the indie scene, whilst this isn’t exactly to my tastes you can’t help but admire the spirit of independence and originality that inspired it.

Big Day can be pre-ordered via Father/Daughter Records here and Lame-O Records here

The album can be downloaded and streamed via Bandcamp here

Loose Tooth Release Stream Of ‘Big Day’

Loose Tooth Big DayLoose Tooth are now streaming their sophomore record Big Day in full, the album comes out tomorrow, April 7th, on Father/Daughter Records and Lame-O Records and pre-orders for Big Day are now available.  Loose Tooth will also be playing their record release show tonight, April 6th, in Philadelphia at Johnny Brenda’s with Dominic and YCIB.

You can stream Big Day via Gold Flake Paint here

Big Day can be pre-ordered here via Father/Daughter Records and here via Lame-O Records

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The Obsessives

The Obsessives

Lame-O Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

The Obsessives latest self titled album is released today, the 17th March 2017, and it follows on from their debut full length, 2015’s Heck No, Nancy. The Obsessives sophomore album will be released via Lame-O Records in the US, Dog Knights Productions in the UK and Europe and Cooking Vinyl in Australia. The Obsessives will also be undertaking an extensive North American tour this spring with Modern Baseball, Kevin Devine And His Goddamn Band and Sorority Noise

The Obsessives self titled sophomore album starts with a mournful country influenced introduction, this is short lived as it swiftly segues into the noisier discordant indie number, You’re My God. There’s an obvious Pixies reference with the track Surfer Rosa, and it must be said that there is a fair influence from that quartet on this release, this is exemplified by songs such as Violent, that are reminiscent of their bass led unconventional style. The album continues to veer unpredictably between styles, but all the while it embraces a solid core of influences from the more idiosyncratic elements of the indie scene.

For me The Obsessives self titled album is one that treads a path through territory that has already been covered by numerous well known trailblazers, there are obvious influences from acts such as Violent Femmes and Dinosaur Jnr, as well as the aforementioned Pixies, on this release. But, and this is an important but, having said that, if your tastes lean towards the unconventional and noisier side of the indie scene, or if you have a love for modern emo influenced bands such as Modern Baseball and Sorority Noise, then The Obsessives latest album, and their forthcoming tour, really should be on your radar.

The Obsessives self titled album can be streamed and purchased here

The vinyl issue of The Obsessives sophomore album, including coloured vinyl variants, can be purchased here

The Obsessives tour dates can be found here and their Facebook page is here

The Obsessives Release Full Stream Of Sophomore Album

obsessives-artworkThe Obsessives are now streaming their self titled sophomore album in full, The Obsessives will be released on the 17th March via Lame-O Records in the US, Dog Knights Productions in the UK and Europe, and Cooking Vinyl in Australia. The band has also recently announced their new tour with Sorority Noise, including dates with Sinai Vessel, Forth Wanderers,  Matt Kerekes and Shannen Moser.

Pre-orders for The Obsessives are available here (USA), here (EU) and here (Au)

You can stream The Obsessives, and view the tour dates, here

The Obsessives – It’s not Fair

obsessives-artworkThe Obsessives have released the new song.  The single is titled “It’s Not Fiar” and comes off of the band’s sophomore self titled album, which will be released March 17th via Lame-O Records in the US, Dog Knights Productions in the UK and Europe, and Cooking Vinyl in Australia. 

Listen to the song here courtesy Gold Flake Paint.

You can pre-order The Obsessives self titled album here (USA), here (EUR) and here (AUS)

The Obsessives Stream ‘It’s Not Fair’ From Self Titled Album

obsessives-artworkThe Obsessives have released a new song from their forthcoming album.  The single is titled It’s Not Fair and it comes off of the band’s sophomore self titled album, which will be released March 17th via Lame-O Records in the US, Dog Knights Productions in the UK and Europe, and Cooking Vinyl in Australia. 

You can stream the track It’s Not Fair via Gold Flake Paint here

You can pre-order The Obsessives self titled album here (USA), here (EUR) and here (AUS)

Loose Tooth Release Stream of New Single ‘Fish Boy’

Loose Tooth Big DayLoose Tooth are now streaming their latest single, Fish Boy, this is the third single taken from the band’s forthcoming sophomore album, Big Day, that is due out on April 7th.

Fish Boy can be streamed via Stereogum here

Loose Tooth‘s Facebook page can be found here

Big Day can be pre-ordered on via Father Daughter Records here and Lame-O Records here

No Thank You Jump Ship

No Thank You

Jump Ship

Lame-O Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

No Thank You‘s Kaytee Della Monica has been involved in the Philadelphia music scene since she was 16, originally a founding members of Airports, she subsequently went on to pursue a visual arts degree, something that still resonates deeply within her musical endeavours. Last year she teamed up with Nick Holdorf, from In The Pines, and The Superweaks’ Evan Bernard to form a new project, one that became No Thank You, with the aim of making collected her ideas come to life. Jump Ship is their debut full length, that follows on from the 2016 EP, A Nu Start, and was released on the 24th Februray 2017 and is available via Lame-O Records.

Eyeballs opens Jump Ship with some mellow ethereal indie, that to my ears is reminiscent of The Cocteau Twins, that serves as a prelude before Cold kicks in with a slow deliberate fuzzy riff that kicks into a more playful element before exiting on a return to the fuzz. Old News starts with more strings and ethereal vocals that slowly build to a more strident riff before fading away, it isn’t until Serenity Song that Jump Ship gets properly into gear, this track boasts a gloriously overdriven riff that’s overlaid with keyboards and the ever present ethereal vocal style of Kaytee Della Monica. At the midway point the album returns to the mellow indie stylings that opened Jump Ship, before the lead single from the album, Juicy J, kicks in with the albums finest 90 seconds, a gloriously insistent drumbeat overlaid with a frantic guitar hook that makes you want to bounce round the room, Teeter and The Unbearable Purposelessness of Being end the album in fine style, keeping up the energy levels and building Jump Ship to a fine finale.

I can’t decide whether Jump Ship is a throwback to earlier times, or an album that’s ahead of the game, there’s a fair nod to their influences, quirky keyboards playfully sit amongst some fine intense guitar riffs, that in turn sit alongside moments of tenderness and subtlety. This is certainly one of the most idiosyncratic releases I’ve heard this year, you can pick up the influence of numerous bands from the 80’s on this album, but this is no anachronistic tribute to the indie scene from days gone by. Whilst the influences are many and varied No Thank You have carved out a unique debut album, that despite my initial misconceptions has slowly won me over, and as I play it once more I have the feeling I won’t be the only person that this trio have that effect upon.

You can order the ltd edition vinyl, available on black and splatter variants, of Jump Ship here

Jump Ship is available for download and streaming here

No Thank You Stream ‘Jump Ship’ In Full

No Thank You Jump ShipNo Thank You are now streaming their debut album, Jump Ship, in full via GoldFlakePaint, the album is set to be released on February 24th via Lame-O Records and pre-orders are available now physically and digitally. No Thank You will be touring this February with The Superweaks, beginning February 25th in New York City, No Thank You will also play their record release show for Jump Ship in Philadelphia at Everybody Hits on February 24th.

Jump Ship can be ordered physically here, digitally here and streamed here

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No Thank You Stream ‘Old News’ From Upcoming ‘Jump Ship’ LP

No Thank You Superweaks TourNo Thank You are now streaming Old News, the third single from their debut album Jump Ship, that is set to be released on February 24th via Lame-O Records. No Thank You will be touring this February with The Superweaks, beginning February 25th in New York City. No Thank You will also play the record release show for Jump Ship in Philadelphia at Everybody Hits on February 24th.

You can stream the track Old News via Brooklyn Vegan here

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The Obsessives – It’s Okay If

obsessives-artworkThe Obsessives have released the new song.  The single is titled “It’s Okay If” and comes off of the band’s sophomore self titled album, which will be released March 17th via Lame-O Records in the US, Dog Knights Productions in the UK and Europe, and Cooking Vinyl in Australia. 

Listen to the song here courtesy NPR.

You can pre-order The Obsessives self titled album here (USA), here (EUR) and here (AUS)

Loose Tooth Stream New Single ‘Roach Motel’

Loose Tooth Big DayLoose Tooth are now streaming their new single Roach Motel, the song comes off the band’s sophomore album Big Day that’s due out on April 7th via Father/Daughter Records and Lame-O Records

The new single, Roach Motel, can be streamed via CLRVYNT here

Loose Tooth recently released the single Garlic Soup, which can be streamed here

Big Day can be pre-ordered via Father/Daughter Records here and Lame-O Records here.