02/17/16 - Winter Hibernation Is Over...
I'm an idiot! Three months ago we released three new records
and I'm just now posting about them here! Those of you that keep up with us
on facebook and watch and wait for the yearly winter weekend sale we run
starting on Black Friday knew about these - thanks for the orders! For
anyone and everyone else, here goes...
Get Cold is Hospital Job's third album in as many years. Each album reads like a day-in-the-life
journal entry by an everyday guy doing everyday things, but set to paper in
way that showcases the trivial day-to-day in such a way that expands and
explodes the importance of these moments that would otherwise pass by
without much notice. Every big thing in life is made up of smaller parts and
pieces. Being able to recognize the importance in the small things is a
gift. Transforming the mundane into the exceptional is a skill. Hospital Job
excels at doing both. Musically speaking, Never Get Cold takes those
smaller pieces - the melodies, harmonies, hooks, and beats - and shares them
in an assembly that is infinitely greater than the sum of its parts. As a
whole, it's a beautiful thing. Though a little slower overall than past
efforts, Never Get Cold is a more concentrated and driving album, and
never short of those crucial hooks..
Andrea Carreda has been fronting Italy's longest running pop
punk band The Manges for nearly 25 years now. About 8 years ago he started a
side project band to work out some surf tunes and other jams that went in a
little different direction than the 1-2-3-4 style of The Manges. And thus
The Veterans were born. Each release thus far has featured a different
backing band made up of other Italian punk rock veterans. Quartet,
the fourth release from The Veterans, features a cover of American punk rock
veterans the Go-Go's on the B-side, and an Andrea Carreda original on the
A-side. This time around The Veterans veer a little closer to a more classic
pop sound than their more surf inspired records of the past. Both tracks are
undeniably catchy in an Italian nuanced pop punk style that Andrea
Carreda has become a master of crafting over all these years. And be
sure to grab their other 7"s while they're available through our distro list
on the store page!
These two tracks on Guided By Vices were recorded with
the rest of The Dopamines' last album Vices. The Guided By Voices'
cover of "Quality of Armor" didn't really feel right as part of the album.
The "Dave Wipfler" jam, though as awesome as the man himself, just wasn't
fitting well anywhere into the sequence of Vices. So, as it happens
sometimes, these two gems were left off the album. They've found their way
onto compilations since then, but now have a home of their own on this nifty
little two track flexi 7". The idea was for it to be included as a bonus
with the 3rd pressing of Vices, but folks also wanted to be able to
buy it on its own. So here it is!
Collectors, completists and those who might have missed the first two
pressings of Vices can pick up a third pressing copy on clear vinyl over on
the store page.
While we were pretty absent from the social media world these past few
months, we've been busy preparing the next batch of records for release. Up
next we are finally making our first 12" release from way back in 2007
available again. That's right, The Copyrights Mutiny Pop is being
pressed again from an all new vinyl master. We're also finally adding one of
my favorite bands of the past decade to the roster - The Transgressions! 5
songs on 7 inches of gruff-as-fuck pop punk. And we're also entering into
the triple digits of releases with our much loved Weekend Dads! It'll be
another format first for us as a 12" EP with 7 of the band's best songs to
date. IAR #101 will be coming out at the same time in the form of a new full
length from Brooklyn NY's Up For Nothing. Killer east coast pop punk from
that melodic hardcore style no one does as good as they do. IAR #102 will
see Florida's Caffiends finally joining the It's Alive family of bands with
their latest full length LP. Hold onto your butts!
And as always, please help spread the word whenever, however you can.
Thanks for doing your part of keeping It's Alive alive!