Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Fade Out

Next in the series of 'records I left in a box for two years and forgot about' is this copy of the Fade 'Demo' 7" in a special cover made for the band's final show.

I was about to say that I was really into this band a couple of years ago, but I just checked the blog and it's somehow over 4 years ago that I was mildly obsessed with this band. Wow. How on earth is it that long??? Time is absolutely flying by at a rate I just can't comprehend. Crazy.

Sadly, Fade broke up after putting out this demo and two 7"s, and despite me being utterly obsessed with them for a short period of time, I didn't get a chance to see them play live. And whilst this 7" is great, this particular version is slightly sad as it is dedicated to the younger brother of the singer, who was murdered in 2015.

Finally, fun fact - two of the members of Fade are now doing pretty well in another 90s tribute act that you may have heard of - Higher Power. Hopefully more on that band in the near future...

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Another Let Down

The next in the series of 7"s that I found recently that I bought these a couple of years ago, put in a box and lost sight of...

There are some records that it is almost impossible to turn down owning more copies of, should the opportunity present itself. One such record for me is the Let Down 'Crossed Off' 7". It was released back in 2005 by Dead By 23 Records, and at the time it seemed quite difficult to get hold of. But as the years have rolled on, a few copies have come into my possession. These latest two are probably my favourite two copies of this record that I have in my collection.

The first copy is on pink vinyl, and sealed within vellum envelope that has with a DB23 logo on the front.

This copy is number 9/23.

The second copy is exactly the same, except is on clear vinyl instead of pink.

This copy is numbered 15/23.

I'm not sure if they are both part of the same run of 23 copies, or whether there were 46 copies packaged like this, with 23 on pink vinyl and 23 on clear vinyl. I would guess the former. I doubt there would be as many as 46 of these. Either way though, these look great.

I counted up and I now have 13 copies of this 7", which seems a lot, but I looked on discogs and there are way more that I don't have. It's insane. Some are numbered out of only 2 copies. There are even 4 different versions of the test press. It's insane. But every time I think i am done with this record, another copy seems to rear its head. Realistically though, I think I'm done with this one apart from a test press, which I still hope to pick up at some point.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Wake Up

Recently I 'found' a box with some records in that I purchased about two years ago, but never got around to featuring on here. So I thought I'd finally get around to posting them in the absence of anything else.

Tarpit was a band from Virginia Beach, VA who were around in the mid 00s. I ended up with one of their 7"s at some point and liked it, and have over the years managed to pick up their entire vinyl output for really cheap. And we all know that there's nothing quite so satisfying as picking something cool up for cheap.

This time I picked up two different versions of their 'Wake Up EP' from 2004:

Previously I only had a version of this with a limited cover. So it's cool to add the white vinyl (which is the only colour vinyl version) of this one to the collection. It's also nice that white was clearly the right choice for this one based on the artwork.

And I also was lucky enough to grab the test press too, which comes in an alternate sleeve:

I think everyone has a band that they like that they feel that the rest of the world completely missed or forgot about. Tarpit is one of these bands for me. They were never really huge in their day, and in some ways their sound was kinda typical of the mid 00s era, but they were really good at it. They released two 7"s, a split 7" and a full length and that's it. I've managed to pick up test pressings of all but the split 7" now, as well as colour vinyl pressings and some limited covers. Sometimes wonder what bands like this would think if they knew that some fool halfway across the world was still trying to collect their records over ten years after they broke up. I like to think they'd be stoked.

Anyway, here's a video I found on youtube of a song from their final show. If you've never heard them before then maybe invest one minute of your life to see what I'm rambling on about?

Monday, 13 January 2020

Harder They Fall x 30

First post of the new year, and in some ways there's no real change here. Here's a new version of an old Integrity record that came out at the end of last year.

Integrity originally released the 'Harder They Fall' 3 song demo in 1989 on cassette. 22 years later, Organized Crime Records put it out as a flexi disc, and then another 8 years on and it has been put on vinyl again in honour of the 30th anniversary by Backbite Records.

The b-side contains the same 3 songs, but remixed by Psywarfare (which is Dwid's noise side project). I'm not a big fan of Psywarfare generally, but I find these songs really interesting.

This was a one off pressing of 500 copies on two colours of vinyl. Both colours come with something I have never seen before - super tiny labels. They look really cool... although maybe only because they're 'different'.

The limited version was clear vinyl, out of 100 copies.

The more common colour is pink which is out of 400 copies. At the time of writing this, there are still pink copies for sale in the label's store.

And of course, it wouldn't be an Integrity post on here without a test press. This one comes in a hand drawn sleeve, and I have to say that this is possibly my favourite of all the hand drawn sleeves that I have in my collection...