In case you’re just blacking in, six days ago we began a 366 day (for real) cycle that shall be labelled as “2016.” In addition to celebrating the birth of Leap Day William, this year also promises plenty of exciting releases from GTG Records. Red Teeth
will be making their label debut with the Light Bender 7-inch
, which is at the pressing plant with an early spring release targeted. The Narc Out the Reds 10″
is mastered, the next Hat Madder record
is approaching the mixing stage (and the band will be touring the east coast and midwest with When Particles Collide
in March), the new Sleeping Timmy-fronted project Carm’s debut
is in the tracking stage, and the Plurals
just booked studio time (and a tour of the southeast) in late March for a fourth album. Honah Lee
will also be hitting the studio in the spring, but first they’ll be doing some midwest tour dates. Plenty to look forward to! We also have some really cool split releases to announce and a few more things in the works so get those turntables warming up! Is that a thing? You probably don’t want to burn out the belts on those things now that I think about it. Clean your ears… yeah, that’ll do.
But before we get too future-fixated, let’s take a look back on the previous year. We released three albums in 2015:
Honah Lee – 33 On 45
– 12″ LP of 10 catchy as hell punky rock and roll anthems. Reviews earned them comparisons to Superchunk, Lemonheads
, and more and they put in some serious road time on the east coast and in the midwest, including festival appearances at Death to False Hope Fest and GTG Fest. The LP gained enough traction that Creep Records
in Philadelphia took on pressing up a CD version
Dreadpool Parker – self titled –
CD featuring 11 tracks from New Jersey rap crew consisting of MCs Wade Wilson and Raymond Strife with Dready Mercury making the beats. We go way back with Ray (Nich Plural has potentially the best “first impression” story every involving him, and I basically quit drinking to excess after a blacked-out night with him a few years ago) so when he told us that his new group was doing some touring and putting out an album this year we had to get behind it (and book them for GTG Fest). As it stands it’s not only the first rap release on our label but also just a blast of catchy, witty, and fun music that stands tall among our catalog. Can’t wait for them to tour again!
In addition to these full-length releases we also issued an archival live recording of the Hat Madder
from a 2008 tour date in France, a free label sampler
(and more) nonsensically called Time to Val Kilmer,
a compilation of acoustic artists and recordings
, and, as always, capped off the year with the strangely-becoming-a-legacy holiday compilation Bermuda Snohawk.
And in addition to these additions we also, additionally, released 10 live music video recordings in the GTG Sessions series
that featured, alongside plenty of GTG usual suspects, performances by Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band, The Devils Cut, Logan & Lucille,
. What a year, and more to come.
I thought about making it a goal to have every band I’m in put out a physical release in 2016, but this is easier said than done as I don’t think a single band I’ve ever been in has actually “broken up” but… I’m hoping for Drinking Mercury, Calliope, and Frank and Earnest to all put out some solid product this year too. Calling it!
Posted in An Onion Tied To My Belt, Dreadpool Parker, Honah Lee, Retrospective
Tagged 2015, 2016, An Onion Tied To My Belt, Best Album of 2015, Carm, Dreadpool Parker, GTG Records, GTG Sessions, Honah Lee, narc out the reds, Red Teeth, The Hat Madder, The Plurals
The Plurals longtime studio collaborator Eric “CrookedSound” Merckling (whose long performance and production credits include recording/ mixing all three Plurals albums) has been quietly toying with stop-motion animation for the last couple years and we’re all honored here at GTG that his debut feature for this skill is now out in the form of a music video for a song from the new Plurals album. “Rock N Roll” is probably the most chaotic song on the album, alternating between dreamy verses, sludgy choruses, a CCR-quoting bridge section and scattered Pixies-esque vocals, so it might as well also be the soundtrack to a sci-fi epic starring The Plurals. Our protagonist is a brave Nich Plural who must rescue Hattie and Tommy from the clutches of an evil alien band that is attempting to steal The Plurals’ thunder and maybe erase them from existence? You should watch it a few times to get all of the little story bits and Easter eggs that Eric slips in. Above all, it’s super cool to look at. Another 2015 victory for GTG!
And check out the Plurals’ album here if you haven’t already!