Harborcoat, the latest project from Matthew Carlson (The Stick Arounds, Pantones, et al) will be releasing their debut album this fall and are having a CD release party at The Avenue Cafe on August 24! The debut album, Brutal Gravity, is a 12 song “exploration [of] the quiet desperation, darkness, and inertia that can lie underneath the veneer of the oft-romanticized life in small-town/rural America” and features contributions from, among others, Carlson’s Stick Arounds bandmates and The Hat Madder’s Isaac Vander Schuur. Isaac’s mitts are actually all over this record as he engineered and produced it and you can feel a little bit of that Hat Madder grime throughout, which is welcome to the ears while the Hat Madder are on hiatus. In addition to scratching all kinds of GTG friend itches, the record basks nicely in the tradition of REM, Big Star, Guided By Voices, et al. Basically, it’s another Midwest-weirdo-pop classic from GTG! Check out the video for lead track “Missing On The 4th of July” below:
Get your CDs early at the album release show and stay tuned to the band’s socials for info on both the wider release AND a limited edition vinyl release. GTG124!
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Tagged Best Album of 2019, Harborcoat, La La Delivery, Lansing, Powerpop, Release Party, Rites of Gaia, The Avenue Cafe
The 2nd LP from the Lansing masters of powerpop is now available everywhere. CD, vinyl, digital, Matt and Jeff knocking down your door and making you listen to them, you name it! An instant classic of melodic pop rock ‘n roll, Ways To Hang On is the result of a year of hard work from these Lansing gentleman and it definitely lives up to the expectations. Check it out!
GTG112, Headacher by Extra Arms is out now! This excellent southeast Michigan quartet recently stole the show at GTG Fest XI and we’re extremely excited to have a band in our ranks that evokes “the cleaner, crunchier sound of alt-rock greats like Sugar and Superdrag” among its confident, concise, fuzzy powerpop sounds. Extra Arms is headed by Ryan Allen, a face and name that should be familiar to Michigan indie rock fans of the last decade-plus via his work with the great Thunderbirds Are Now! and his various solo activities, and Headacher is the debut release from the new, full-band iteration of Extra Arms. It’s always fun to have good company, which we certainly now all have with the addition of Headacher to our catalog. The CDs are available from us, with slabs of wax available from our Canadian pals at Get Party Records, digitally its everywhere, and the release party is tomorrow night at Cellarmen’s in Hazel Park!
Check out their page to stay updated! Welcome them to the family!