Tasmanian upstart punk quartet A. Swayze & The Ghosts have released their debut LP Paid Salvation. The album was produced and recorded by Dean Tuza (Stella Donnelly, These New South Whales) in Melbourne, mixed/mastered by me at Studio Windows in NYC, and features their previous big singles “Suddenly” (which came out on Rough Trade) and “Connect To Consume” (which is featured on the new Tony Hawk Pro Skater). Press has been raving about the band, with features in The Guardian (who gave the “end-to-end faultless” debut a 5-star review), Mojo (“this adrenalized debut’s handful of instant classics is way above par throughout” – 4/5 stars), and NME (“an intelligent, considered and passionate collection of art punk anthems with a smirking pop edge”). I was looking forward to seeing them this spring at SXSW and can’t wait to check out this band live – I imagine this album will only heighten anticipation worldwide. Paid Salvation is out now on Ivy League Records.
NYC endless-groove-punk trio Brandy are back with a new LP called The Gift Of Repetition. I co-produced the record with the band last year, recording at their studio Spice World and mixing it at Studio Windows, with Mikey Young mastering. This was one of those fast & fun records to make, where you get to the end of the process with a record imbued with the joy of its creation. Bill Pearis at Brooklyn Vegan says the songs “all rip pretty hard… catchy and simple and darkly funny” and premiered their video for standout song “UFOs 2 Heaven” (shown below). References have been made to A Frames and Tyvek (with whom P.E. and Brandy both played at The Glove before it shut down), and personally as a fan of the members’ other bands (Running, Pampers) and their previous label Monofonus (who released Brandy’s debut), this band really does it for me. The Gift Of Repetition is out now on Total Punk Records.
P.E. – the psychedelic industrial pop quintet I started with members of Pill & Eaters – released a video for the song “Machine Machine”. Edited & created by my bandmate Jonny Campolo (who also designed the artwork for the group), the video is featured on Treble. Stream it here, there, or on our Bandcamp page. Person is out now on Wharf Cat Records.
Welcome to Bobby’s Motel – the debut full-length by Montreal art-punks Pottery – has finally arrived! The record has been widely praised – Album Of The Week on both Stereogum and Brooklyn Vegan, four-star reviews in NME and AllMusic, and a host of other loving reviews of the record, most of which include the word “fun” multiple times. I produced the album with the band last summer, recording in Montreal at Breakglass Studios and mixing in NYC at Studio Windows, with Josh Bonati providing the masters. Working on this LP was one of my all-time favorite record-making experiences, and I couldn’t be happier to finally share it with the world! Welcome To Bobby’s Motel is out now on Partisan Records & Royal Mountain.
Tasmanian punk band and Rough Trade-signees A. Swayze & The Ghosts are back with a new single and the announcement of their debut LP Paid Salvation. NME premiered “Cancer” along with a run-down of the record, which was recorded & produced by Dean Tuza (Stella Donnely) in Melbourne and mixed/mastered by me at Studio Windows. “Cancer” is one of my favorite songs on the album – showcasing interesting sonic textures and an insanely catchy chorus. Paid Salvation is out September 18 via Ivy League Records.
Person by my group P.E. is one of Treble Zine’s Best Albums of 2020 So Far! Treble has been extremely kind to the project so far – naming multiple singles Essential Tracks and Person Album Of The Week – and it’s lovely to see the record included here too. “That it’s a catchy pop record that also happens to at times be an intense experimental record doesn’t make it a irreconcilable contradiction—that makes it one of the most endlessly fun listens of the year.” Person is out now via Wharf Cat Records, and is available on LP, CD, and special-edition LP+bonus mixtape Sick, Sad, Fun! – please check it out if you haven’t already!
The Freelancer’s Blues – the sophomore LP from outsider electronic-country troubadour Dougie Poole – is out today via Wharf Cat Records. Pitchfork called it “both wry and heartfelt, offering a kind of tongue-in-cheek spiritual audit for a modern age”, Flood Magazine marveled at his “knack for wordplay and subtle humor”, while AllMusic describes Dougie as a songwriter who “takes the formal structures of classic country and deliberately bends them into strange new shapes, while leaving the heart, soul, and passion intact, and the melodies strike a weepy bullseye throughout.” I am particularly proud of this record (which I co-produced/-recorded with Dougie and mixed at Studio Windows) and I could go on & on about working on this LP with Dougie: from conceptualizing it shortly after finishing Wide Ass Highway, to the detailed demos & coded spreadsheets we had for pre-production, to walking around Thailand after basic tracking singing “I Was A Buddhist For A Couple Days” to myself, to the quest for more “Dougie Poolisms” while finishing the LP, and the serendipity of him joining the Wharf Cat family. The Freelancer’s Blues is out now via Wharf Cat Records and available to stream/download via Bandcamp – do yourself a favor and pick it up!
Brooklyn’s day-glo retro-futurists Future Punx are back with a brand-new full-length called 2020. Band leaders Jake Pepper and Chris Pickering engineered and mixed the album largely on their own, and I assisted throughout the process – from song-selection and recording through additional production and preliminary mixing at Studio Windows. The resulting album feels like the strongest realization of their instant party-starting electro-rock dreams, just in time for summer! 2020 is currently available for streaming & download on their Bandcamp page, with plans for a physical LP due later this year via Dull Tools.
Gentle Grip – the debut album from NYC dance-punk quartet Public Practice – is streaming now on all platforms. Consisting of members of WALL and Beverly, I’ve known each of the members for years, and have been a fan of the band since their very first show; I’m extremely proud of the work we did here. I co-produced/-recorded half of the record with the band and mixed those songs at Studio Windows, which include the singles “Compromised” (currently on BBC Radio 6’s A List), “Disposable”, and “My Head”, plus “Cities”, “Underneath” (my personal favorite), and “Understanding”. The remainder of the songs were recorded and mixed by the band and Jeff Berner, and the album was mastered by the always-excellent Joe LaPorta at Sterling Sound. The press has been fantastic – 4-stars on NME and DIY, Album Of The Day on BBC Radio 6, Album Of The Week on BrooklynVegan, and a glowing review in Treble. Gentle Grip is available now digitally, and LPs/CDs will be available on June 26 via Wharf Cat Records.
Pottery – my favorite Montreal acid-fried art-rockers – return with the new single “Hot Heater!” Stereogum premiered the “very addicting” track, the fourth single from their upcoming debut album Welcome To Bobby’s Motel. I adore this record we made together – recorded at Breakglass Studios in Montreal, mixed at Studio Windows in Brooklyn, and mastered by Josh Bonati – and am so proud to have one more gem to share before the LP proper. Welcome To Bobby’s Motel is out June 26 on Partisan Records.