It’s February 28th, twenty one years to the day since the ATF tried to serve David Koresh at the Branch Davidian HQ in Waco Texas. The siege would last over 90 days and would grow to include the FBI and the oxymoronically named Texas National Guard. We’re recognizing this day with an offering from one of our own collection of separatists, Soviet Onion. Back with their second song in as many months, “Asphalt Angels” last just under 3 minutes but you may feel a little under siege yourself after listening. Under siege of rock, that is. And as February winds to an end, we’ve got a timely tune for the Year of the Horse. Gifthorse is back with February, a vintage tune that was re-recorded intercontinentally by 3/4ths of the band this time last year. And whether you are in a winter slumber or terrified by all of the snow, this song will give you a reason to like February, even if it’s just because it’s over.
As the Winter Games come to a close in Sochi, we’ve got another tune worthy of the medal podium (but not quite the metal podium). The boys from Textbook Copilot are back with the second single from their recently released ep Arrivals//Departures. There’s no sophomore slump here and these guys aren’t settling for silver either, nahmean? For those in the New England area, don’t miss Textbook Copilot live at O’Briens on Wednesday, February 26th. You’ll hear this rocker and a whole lot more.
But wait, there’s more sports fans. Infinite Transmissions Project keeps hope alive with this gem off 2005′s Deflate the Stars. The hallmark’s of ITP are all on display: the drum machine, double vocals, clever lyrics and sonic subtleties seep out of this one. “Don’t Count Me” is the perfect soundtrack for jilted lovers, challenged athletes and anyone who won’t give up. That’s right, “we’re winners here, prepare the wine, dying (dyeing) to disappear”
It’s new release time here at Circuit Breaker Records and we’re excited to have a new EP from Boston’s Textbook Copilot. It’s called Arrivals//Departures and it is both! And although the EP itself sounds like one big song, we’re featuring the title track, “Arrivals and Departures.” This song is propelled by a relentless beat and angular guitars that push, pull and well, arrive and depart. The overall effect is a complex swirl of a song that will take you a bit deeper with every listen. Arrivals//Departures (the record) arrives just in time for Textbook Co-Pilot’s next show on February 26th at O’Brien’s in Altston, I mean Allston.
Doing the B side honors this week, we have the venerable Vevlo Eelwith a trip in the way-back machine to their debut album, The Sound of A Thousand Chryslers Rusting. We’ve got “Gutter Girl”, a song that rips through it’s 3+ minutes. The song starts off with a head-nodding bass line only to give way to a pit-worthy chorus complete with pots and pans – this one has it all. If ever there was a quintessential Eel tune (there isn’t) this is it.
The calendar has officially turned here at Circuit Breaker Records. We’re so thrilled to be starting year #2 and have some very exciting announcements coming soon. Look for more releases from the archives along with new music from all of our artists in the coming year. We’re putting the finishing touches on a brand new subscription service too so you can get all of the Circuit Breaker Records releases on your very own digital music shelf. Stay tuned!
This week’s release is the first of our second year in existence. Witchcatcher presents the celebration-appropriate, “Birthday”. This tune is a cover of the Sugarcubes first single from their debut album, “Life’s Too Good”. Einar, Bjork and the rest of the Sugarcubes were apparently unavailable for this stripped-down reworking of their 1998 release.
Joining Witchcatcher on this week’s digital release is the piano driven rocker, “All I Can Be” from Infinite Transmission’s Project’s classic concept album, “Second Hand Rubbish“. The song is a critique of the constant barrage of needs-injecting that presents itself “daily, omnipresently.” We just love the guitar solo in this one.
Today Circuit Breaker Records releases their 52nd brand new single in 52 weeks. Hot damn, we made it!
More celebratory words next week on the actual anniversary of our inception, but this week we humbly offer one more new single from Hallelujah Boy, “Cruise Control.” Shout out to label co-founder Witchcatcher for helping write the lead guitar melody one cold night in his rehearsal spot in Boston.
The B-side also comes from Hallelujah Boy as well, with a little contrast to the louder A-side. “Not Getting Any Younger,” from 2006′s Noise and Silence, says something about why we still do what we do here at CBR.
We have to.
So, end of the line? Not really. Just one goal reached, and now on to the next one.