Case Studies is the solo project of Seattle’s Jesse Lortz, formerly of The Dutchess & The Duke. This is the just the 2nd Case Studies release after the excellent “The World Is Just a Shape To Fill the Night” LP on Brooklyn’s Sacred Bones Records, and we feel that these two songs continue to showcase Jesse’s ability to write extremely memorable and sincere folk songs. “Villain” is the darker of the two, while “Dull Knife” is a bit more upbeat and while this is one of the more mellow records in the Sweet Rot archive, it’s also one of our favourites. Recorded at his grandfather’s cabin in Lake Inez, MT. 300 copies pressed.
Listen to “Villain”
Sweet Rot is pleased to release a new 7″ by Minneapolis’ The Blind Shake. Perhaps best known for their multiple collaborations with psych-punk legend Michael Yonkers, The Blind Shake also have a string of albums and singles under their own name (on labels such as AmRep and Learning Curve) and we feel that these two songs come closest to matching the all out intensity of the band’s live shows. “Garbage On Glue” is a 2 minute anthemic punker that delivers a firm kick directly to the groin. The flip “Go Go 78″ is no less direct, but includes some well placed guitar psych freakouts that bring to mind the band’s work with Yonkers. 300 copies pressed.
Listen to “Garbage On Glue”
Evening Meetings are Craig Chambers, Matthew Ford, Erin Sullivan, and Min Yee. Together they have been part of the great stream of underground bands coming from Seattle over the past decade – A Frames, Love Tan, Factums, Intelligence, The Lights, Le Sang Song, The Dipers, Yves/Son/Ace, AFCGT, etc. Sweet Rot has been a huge follower of these bands over the years (releasing a Love Tan 7″ in the process) and we couldn’t be happier to release the band’s debut s/t LP. Each of the ten songs featured here is grounded upon a solid foundation of rhythm while the two guitars are free to poke and lurch wherever they please, sometimes off-kilter and noisy, sometimes fuzzed out, and sometimes twangy and sliding bringing to mind acts such as Gun Club or Scientists. While most songs aim directly for the jugular a few are a bit more loose and wandering, similar to the band’s excellent 7″ on Dirty Knobby. The end result is a mature, focused, confident record that we think will stand the test of time. Expertly recorded by Alex Yusimov at The Pool on all analog gear and mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk.
Listen to 3 songs from the LP
Back in March 2007, Sweet Rot’s second ever release was the debut 7″ by Cheap Time. A couple of years later we released a single by front man Jeffrey Novak. Now Sweet Rot is pleased to continue the collaboration with a new two-song 7″ which comes hot on the heels of the band’s quite great “Wallpaper Music” LP on In the Red Records. These two new songs – “Other Stories” and “In This World” – are a prime example of what a 70s sounding glam punk single should be – short, well written and produced, and super catchy. We feel these songs perfectly complement each other and think fans of the band’s previous work will too.
Listen to “Other Stories”
Los Angeles band Lamps has been one of our favourites here at Sweet Rot for a while. This single, their first release in a couple of years, solidifies their place as one of the best angry punk bands in America. Title track “All Seeing Eye” is a two minute romp that finds Lamps at their catchiest, while the flip “G.B.D.” (an alternate mix of a song to be found on their upcoming “Under the Ground Under the Water” LP on In the Red Records) is perhaps the bands most punishing and sinister song yet with its five minutes of pure aural torture. Enjoy.
Listen to “All Seeing Eye”
Having released well received singles by French bands A.H. Kraken, Feeling of Love, The Anals, and The Dictaphone, Sweet Rot returns to France to release the debut 7″ from Strasbourg’s Teledetente 666. Taking elements from all of the aforementioned, Teledetente plays some of the most gnarly sounding, guitar damaged, drum machine punk that we’ve heard since The Anals. The two songs here “Les Rats” and “Panne Sexe” are pretty unrelenting in their all out attack on your senses. Menacingly recorded by Seb Normal. For fans of The Anals, Cheveu, A.H. Kraken, Volt, Pierre & Bastien, etc.
Listen to “Les Rats”
Listen to “Phantasm”
Listen to “Blackout”
Sweet Rot is extremely pleased to present the debut LP from Halifax, Nova Scotia’s Omma Cobba. Ranging from hyptnotic psych-garage ragers to mellow Sunday morning back porch 60s jams the sounds presented here clearly show a band focused on writing immediate and memorable songs. Formed from the ashes of Omon Ra, the band has already completed tours of Canada and the East Coast of the U.S. after having been banned from many of their hometown clubs. The eight songs on this LP were primarily recorded across a half dozen or so countries during a hazy trip to Europe in an old VW RV (pictured broken down in the south of France on the cover) which gives everything a solid reverbed out thump. For fans of Nerve City, Sic Alps, Fresh & Onlys, etc.
Australia’s Circle Pit return with a new single after their debut LP “Bruise Constellation” on Siltbreeze Records. “Sewercide” and the b-side “Roll With The Punches” are more in the heavy glam/proto-punk tradition of their first 7” and is a taste of what’s to come from their forthcoming LP “Wassup”. Recorded by Mark Nelson (The Stabs) at 3CR Studios, with mastering duties and additional Gary Glitter hand-claps by Owen Penglis (Straight Arrows). Co-released by Sweet Rot and Australia’s R.I.P Society Records for the band’s 2010 US tour as a one off pressing.
After a pretty distinct sounding debut 7″ and LP that garnered good reviews yet still managed to fly under the radar of most listeners, Sweet Rot is pleased to present a new single by Portland, Oregon’s Meercaz that takes the band’s output to new levels. Formed by frontman Muslim Delgado, Meercaz’s two songs here float hazily somewhere around Gizmos/Twinkeyz/Chrome proto-punk territory that solidly nail it in the songwriting department while still maintaining an appropriate amount of guitar damage and experimentation. A perfect single, in our minds, from one of America’s most underrated bands. On this record, Meercaz also features Kyle Raquipiso (ex-Meth Teeth) and Clay Silva (ex-Clorox Girls).
Sweet Rot’s first release from the United Kingdom comes courtesy of The Pheromoans, purveyors of some of the finest DIY punk we’ve heard in ages. Coming hot on the heels of the bands fine split with Dan Melchior, this single’s A-side is a superbly shambolic two song romp while the flip features the title track, a Pheromoans patented spoken word number, and a 9 second ode to one of Canada’s finest institutions, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Consignment is the brainchild of Seattle’s Matt Nyce (ex-Meth Teeth) and this four song debut EP showcases some of the most pleasant songs we’ve heard in a while. Recorded last year in their laundry room when the band was just Matt and his then girlfriend/now wife Dena on drums this is the most mellow sounding Sweet Rot release yet, but one we’re very proud of. The focus here is on the songwriting and these songs are perfect front-porch-lounging-while-drinking-beer music, or as Seattle’s The Stranger put it – “Like a sedative elixir for your soul, Consignment make lethargic, lo-fi garage-pop songs less upbeat than they are beat-up”. The band has since morphed into a 4-piece live band.
Sweet Rot couldn’t be happier to present our first full-length release, the stunning debut LP by Nerve City. Subtitled “Recordings 2007-2008” this record showcases a dozen songs from the early days of this project from Richmond, Virginia. At the core, these are incredibly well written and played melodic songs with nods to the classics like the Stones and VU, but the note-perfect production that’s gone into each song adds an immense amount of haunting atmosphere and the final product is simply quite astounding. From minimalist folk songs, to full, lurching, droning epics this record contains absolutely no trace of filler and will stick with you immediately upon first listen. Perfect for these dark, dreary, cold days of winter. Previous releases on Hozac, Kill Shaman, and Sacred Bones.
The Metz Trifecta is complete. First it was The Anals, then A.H. Kraken, and now Sweet Rot is pleased to present a third record from Metz, France, a 3-song single from The Feeling of Love. Just like their previous releases this one features a schizophrenic mix that somehow makes perfect sense. You get one studio-recorded hit and one drum machine fuelled jam on the a-side, and an absolutely beautiful, yet fucked, reinterpretation of a Gainsbourg classic on the flip. Pretty cool cover art too.
Sweet Rot’s attraction to France continues with the debut release from French band The Dictaphone. This six song single is full of unrelenting, hypnotic songs that maintain a hefty dose of catchiness for a result that is both ugly and beautiful. Should please fans of The Intelligence as well as other Sweet Rot bands A.H. Kraken and Love Tan.
After a split with Wizzard Sleeve and an impressive single of their own, Montgomery, Alabama’s Amber Alerts really raise the bar with their new Sweet Rot 7″. “Antibodies” is a killer drugged-out guitar/synth jam. “Brain Scratch” is pure punk filth. “Somewhere Under the Shit Cloud” takes a repetitive bass riff and drills it into the fucking ground. These songs remind me of a dirty, Southern, teenaged version of the Primitive Calculators and for that I am thankful. Art by CM Ruiz.
After a dozen plus releases Sweet Rot is pleased as hell to finally release a record from their hometown of Vancouver. Influenced in equal parts by Cheater Slicks and Spacemen 3, the debut release from Sex Church displays a perfect balancing act between depraved aggression and hypnotic psych. 2 monster songs. Ex/current members of Catholic Boys, Defektors, Ladies Night, and Vapid. Subsequent LPs on Load and Convulsive.
After two stellar singles (Hozac Hookup Klub, Needless) and a split with Jacuzzi Boys, Austin’s Woven Bones are back with another release and I think it might just be their best yet. “Your Sorcery” is an absolute monster of a song with its super tight rhythm section keeping everything grounded, perfect guitar tone, and just enough ‘tude in the vocals to keep you spinning it over and over and over again. The flip “Howlin Woof” relaxes the intensity a bit but succeeds just as much with its slow-burn approach.
This is the debut single from Flight, who hail from Mississippi. “Flowers” is an incredibly infectious, well crafted, off-beat pop song that sounds just about perfect heading into these summer months. The flip “Johnny’s Mixed Up” is equally fist pumping and will please fans of the Live Fast Die style of overblown guitar work. Expect more great things soon from Flight with a 7″ upcoming on the Hozac Hookup Klub and a 10″ on Kill Shaman.
The Shackles are Carlos, Cathy, Jim and Ruben (Coconut Coolouts). They are from Seattle and this is their debut 7″. Like the Jeffrey Novak 7″ this is an unabashed, pure pop, two song single that should please fans of Box Elders, Nodzzz, Brilliant Colors, etc. We love these songs and we hope you will too. Produced by Brian Standridge (Dutchess & the Duke, Suspicions) at Magical Basement Studio.
Third single from Madison, Wisconsin’s Dead Luke following his first two releases on Sacred Bones. 4 songs that range from dark and haunting, to surprisingly poppy and upbeat, all home recorded with a perfect balance between electronics and guitars. Eye catching cover art courtesy of Ilth.
Love Tan used to be called Pyramids (which is what the labels on the record say), but have recently changed their name. Hailing from Seattle, the six songs on this single display the wide range of sounds the band is capable of, which is all the more impressive considering that they are only a two piece made up of Matthew Ford (Factums, ex-Intelligence) on drums and Craig Chambers (The Lights) on guitar. The vocals range from falsetto to baritone, the guitar can sound sparse or punishingly full, and the drumming can go from methodical to off-kilter, and all in the same song. This is their debut release. For fans of Tronics, The Urinals, The Prats, etc.
The Blank Its are back. After their fantastic first single, a cool split with the Feelers and their underrated debut LP on Empty, they have returned with a self-released single of their own, plus this, a two song, no nonsense slab of wax that is our favourite record of theirs yet. “Windows Are Dirty” is everything an a-side should be – short, to the point, and super catchy – while the flip “Divorce” is about as epic as a three minute (weird) pop song can be, all played with that distinctive Blank Its sound (ie. loud guitars, insectoid vocals, off-kilter drums) and perfectly recorded.
Fourth single from Melbourne, Australia’s UV Race and just the like the other three, this one is fantastic. The A-side sees the band pushing forward into somewhat newer territories with “Acid Trip” their hazy/dreamy take on psychedelic pop, albeit with the typical UV Race retardo-punk bent. The flip “Speed Freak” is a more direct two minute burst of UV Race greatness. Expertly recorded by Mikey Young (Eddy Current Suppression Ring) with perhaps their best sleeve art yet. New LP “Homo” coming soon on In the Red.
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After turning quite a few heads with his self-released debut LP and Shattered Records 7″, Jeffrey Novak (Cheap Time) is back with another two song single of quirky pop bliss. Both songs are so good, we had to flip a coin to pick the A-side. His second LP “Baron in the Trees” will be coming out on In the Red Records. This is a one time only pressing on black vinyl.
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Second release from French miscreants A.H. Kraken following their absolutely devastating debut LP on In the Red. Continuing with the trend from the LP, this two song single is loud, brutal, and punishing, featuring disturbing French lyrics about swamps and porn stars. One of the premier noise making bands of today.
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Debut record from Meth Teeth, a Portland, Oregon three piece featuring members of Leper Print, Night Wounds, and Artificial Limbs that will be sure to turn some heads. Appealing equally to fans of lo-fi, blown out trash (a-side) and fans of haunting but sweet folk songs (b-side) these four songs have something for everybody. For fans of Bob Dylan, Hunches, Donovan, Hospitals, Sic Alps, etc.
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Three songs of Intelligence/Digital Leather-esque weird punk from one mysterious dude. Previous 7″ on Hozac and 12″ on Freedom School have been getting rave reviews. In my opinion, this is their best release yet. Think of it as “Blank Dogs: Phase Two”. Another 7″ on Florida’s Dying and 12″ on Sacred Bones will also be coming shortly.
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Four songs of schizoid trash punk from Milwaukee’s best. This is being released posthumously, along with one single just recently released and another coming soon on Trickknee Records. Previous releases have cemented this band’s position as one of the best straight up punk bands of recent years and this release is more proof.
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Cheap Time is Jeffrey Novak, Jemina Pearl and Nathan Vasquez. They hail from Nashville, TN. Fans of late 70s L.A. punk will be extremely pleased with this, their debut single. This summer the band will be recording their first LP for In the Red Records.
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The Pets, from Oakland, play catchy, bent, pop/punk songs. Dan Wood (ex-Right On) plays guitar and sings. Zack Olson (ex-FM Knives) plays bass and Vince Horner (ex-Short Eyes) plays drums. It’s a two song single – “Sticky Situations” b/w “Never Ask For Help”. This is the first of three singles coming out for them this year, with the other two coming soon on Raw Deluxe and Broken Rekids.