The debut LP from Richmond, VA’s This Is Your Life. Buy on 12” vinyl/digital from: reveillerecords.com/shop
★★★★★ from Punknews.org
“It’s hard to find an unlikable song on the record and just when I thought Title Fight was gonna take the record of September-or album of the year-this comes along. “Walls” shows how well they utilize multiple vocalists and with so little flaws, it’s pretty amazing that there’s length to the record. You get enough and then more of the band.”
★★★★☆ from Dying Scene
“Melodic hardcore has been been genericized with oversaturation. This Is Your Life avoid doing impressions of the Epifat golden-age and instead cement the foundations of their own sound. Before We Fade Away features fantastic music and scream-your-lungs-out heart, sure to please any fan of fast, sweaty punk rock.”
3.9/4.0 from Sputnik Music users
“After subsequent listens, it becomes increasingly obvious to me that this is definitely the best melodic hardcore I’ve listened to in a very long time. Between the in-song interludes and screaming, the band manages to show impressive songwriting depth. The final track is incredibly gripping, laced with intense cathartic desperation.
It’s been a long time since I’ve been this interested in a band in this genre. This Is Your Life should have no where to go from here but up.” - Sleeping At Last
“Homesick” off of BOXER’s debut EP Undertow. PRE-ORDER the vinyl version here for only $8 and support a great up and coming local punk act!
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“20/20” off of BOXER’s debut EP Undertow. PRE-ORDER the vinyl version here for only $8 and support a great up and coming local punk act!
“Anagram” off of BOXER’s debut EP Undertow. PRE-ORDER the vinyl version here for only $8 and support a great up and coming local punk act!
Artist/Album: Restorations - Restorations
Record Label: Tiny Engines
Pressing: 300 on black (180g) / 150 on clear with yellow swirl / 50 clear with black swirl
It’s always exciting to get a package from a PR firm, you know its going to be chock full of free goodies, but a lot of hard work comes along with it. After all they’re expecting you to do some sort of write up for them in return. Sometimes you get lucky though and score a few vinyl releases on top of the mounds of CDs and digital download codes. What’s even better is when one of those records is from a band that you are already a big time fan of, such was my experience when the Restorations’ self-titled12” arrived on my doorstep this morning.
I’ll have a review on the album sometime next week along with an MP3 stream at the bottom of this post, but to give you a real brief summation of what Restorations sounds like imagine a more mellowed out Gaslight Anthem with less emphasis on americana and more on rock and roll.
The album jacket is gatefold and constructed out of heavy grade card stock that allows for the beautiful artwork to be displayed crisply so that the colors pops. When I listen to this record I imagine myself laying out on my roof at night in the summertime staring up at the stars and I think artist Bruno Guerreiro really captures that feeling with the artwork he designed for the album. The dulled swirls of gold encapsulates the slow rock vibe the album thrives on. The record itself is heavy, pressed on 180g vinyl, with contrasting labels (one side gold and brown, the other brown and gold).
Not all records are created equal, some are handled with more love, which is usually indicative of how much adoration a label has for that particular release. It’s clear that Tiny Engines really enjoys this album and expresses that through the vinyl packaging of the album.
Pick up Restorations’ self-titled album on vinyl from Tiny Engines.
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Paper + Plastick has been my favorite record label since they started putting out records. I think they sign the best up and coming bands and give their vinyl the royal treatment regardless of how popular the artist may or may not be. I’ve never had any problems with my orders and have had pleasurable experiences when working with them and their artists on projects for the site. So you can imagine how surprised I was when I started hearing that people were having troubles with P+P and their orders.
When I placed my order with them a few weeks back I had no question that it would get here safely and in a timely manner because I hadn’t ever had problems with them before (and since I’m trying to collect their entire catalogue, I order quite frequently). The first thing that should have tipped me off that something was up was the $13 shipping fee that was up from its usual $5-6 price. Still I ordered a lot this time so I just figured they’d fix it when it went out (sadly it never did).
Long story short I placed my order on 6/23, P+P sent me a notice saying it had shipped on 6/28, and then arrived at my house on 7/11. The postage date was marked 7/7 so it never actually shipped when they said it did and the postage was priced at $3.23 (a whole $10 cheaper than I paid). Somewhere along the lines someone wasn’t on their game at HQ, which is fine, I’ve waited longer for orders. It’s just sad to see because I’ve heard others say they won’t be ordering from them again because of it, which would be a shame because they really do put their heart and soul into the music they put out. So get it together guys so I can continue bragging about you all!
Oh yeah and give that intern who sleeved my records open side out a smack on the hand, I nearly had an aneurism when they spilt out of the package onto the floor.
Getting back to the vinyl, my personal favorite from the lot would have to be the Protagonist - States 7” and Make Do and Mend - End Measure Mile 12”. I’m a bit biased with Protagonist having the artwork for The Chronicle tattooed on me and all, but I’m not kidding when I say they pulled out all the stops for this release. The packaging is printed on heavy card stock, the cover has spots where it is shiny, and the record sleeve is designed and in full color, not to mention how awesome the splatter vinyl looks itself.
Now I’ve heard how epic this Make Do and Mend packaging was from just about everyone and it didn’t disappoint. The cover of the album opens up from the center making it a tri-fold sleeve, but that’s not all. When you open it up a die-cut tree sits in the center revealing the lyric sheet that holds the record. It really raises the bar for vinyl packaging which P+P had already set higher than most other labels. The only thing that I regret about this record is that I didn’t pick it up during its first press.
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Record Collector Spotlight: Robert Cheeseman
Name: Robert Cheeseman
Location: Richmond, VA
Favorite musical genre: Punk Rock
What inspired you to collect records?
I didn’t really start out ‘collecting’ records per se… my favorite band is Bad Religion and has been since I was pretty young. In the mid-late 90’s, like right around the time the internet started showing up and eBay became prominent, I started collecting bootlegs of BR shows, through eBay and trading with other people online. I did that for a few years and then I bought my first record, Bad Religion’s Atomic Garden 7”, at a local record store here in VA that some friends and I were hanging out at one day. From there I started looking for every Bad Religion record I could find on wax, and then that eventually led to other bands etc…
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