By Surprise and Hightide Hotel. Were there ever any other bands that mattered?
Only Bon Jovi and Aerosmith
By Surprise – I Liked You Better
I liked you better when you had a smaller bed,
When I’d sleep over you had to sleep close to me,
And you’d whisper “oh you’re so much trouble”,
And I’d whisper “no, you’re the one who’s trouble”,
And I’d whisper “oh, you’re so much trouble”,
Well lately I’ve been thinking maybe I’m the one who’s troubled
478 by By Surprise
GOT MA BY SURPRISE 7”
Along with the test press I won for (I’m guessing) preordering so damn fast. YES.
Thanks Dan Kat Kat! <3
BY SURPRISE UPDATE!
So these records will be in your hands soon too. Get stoked to worship them to the gods of all that makes Guided By Voices so holy. There’s been a slight delay on these due to a loss of original artwork. But it’s worth it. Believe me! The dudes redid all the artwork, as you can from above, and it looks stellar. I should have all the final pieces in my hands next week, then I’ll hopefully have all orders shipped by the 7th of July!
Hightide Hotel - Porch Luck 12”
I finally got in touch with the pressing plant after a bunch of phone tag and voicemails. It turns out that when they went to burn the stampers to make the records, they ruined the lacquer cut. No one ever called me to tell me this, nor returned my calls about it. My guess is that a gremlin in the basement of the plant took all the masters and lacquers for himself to listen to. BUT, test presses should be here next week, and final record presses should be here the following week or two! Finally! So now’s your last chance to get some pre-ordering done.
By Surprise - 478 7”
So what’s taking long here: By Surprise lost the original artwork for the 478 EP, so it has to be recreated. The records are done and just waiting on jackets. As soon as I get the completed artwork from By Surprise, I’ll put that order in, and have those records out to you! So pre-order that too.
Tyler Daniel Bean - Longing 12”
Records are here, just waiting on jackets and inserts and all that jazz. Like the By Surprise records, it took longer than anticipated to get the artwork completed, but we’re close. Pre-order!
Placeholder - Nothing is Pure 12”
These are being pressed right now. Once again, it took a lot longer than anticipated to get all the pieces together, but we’re getting there. Pre-order.
Aspiga - Tense 12”
Jackets are in, and test presses have been approved. Just a few more weeks! Pre-order.
Secret Plot - Montauk 7”
On it’s way eventually. Orders are out, now just a waiting game. Pre-order.
Also, we’ve got some other upcoming releases! From bands such as Suns, The Only Ghost in Town, Crosscheck, Ship Wrecks, The Greek Favourites, Marietta, Modern Baseball, and Heartwell.
Cassettes, vinyl, and CDs. Oh my.
I love you all for the continuous support, and many many thanks to you all for being so very patient!
**This and the Hightide Hotel record are running behind schedule right now due to some pressing plant and artwork snags. I’ll keep you all updated as I know. Sorry to all, and thanks so much for your patience. I know how much you’re anticipating both of these!
A year ago today, the New Jersey indie rock revivalists By Surprise released their debut full length on Topshelf Records. Entitled Mountain Smashers, that record received more physical spins from me than just about any other album released last year, and ended up placing at #4 on my Top…