We’re excited to announce that we’ve signed Chicago based indie pop band Varsity. Today the band are sharing two new songs “The Dogs Only Listen To Him” and “UFO” - listen to them now on your favorite streaming service. The new tracks follow up this year’s full-length Parallel Person, further exploring a range of power pop inflected melodies blended with dreamy atmospherics. Inspired by a pair of overheard conversations, the tracks each follow the threads of vocalist and lyricist Smith's daydreams about how the relationships in those conversations might play out. The next year will see Varsity writing, recording, playing shows and continuing to hone their sound ahead of a planned 2019 full length on RFC.
‘Start All Over Again’, the debut album from Seattle’s own The Berries is officially out today. Catch the band on their upcoming west coast tour (dates below), and grab a vinyl, CD, tape or shirt in our webstore!
We will be reissuing the seminal Ricky Eat Acid LP "Three Love Songs" on November 30th. Pre-order now.
Tracklist: 1. There is Only You in the Light & Nothing Else 2. Driving alone past roadwork at night 3. Inside my house; some place I keep dreaming about 4. Big man’s last trip outside 5. In rural virginia; watching glowing lights crawl from the dark corners of the room 6. Inside your house; it will swallow us too 7. It will draw me over to it like it always does 8. In my dreams we’re almost touching 9. God puts us all in the swimming pool 10. Outside your house; the lights went out & there was nothing 11. I can hear the heart breaking as one 12. Starting over
Start All Over Again – the debut album by Seattle’s The Berries – is a study of the mythology of freedom. It is a modern country-rock record by Matt Berry, under his pseudonym The Berries. It is made up of songs of love and hate, songs under the spell of Neil Young and Townes Van Zandt, and songs carved out of the disappointment of a morose Seattle winter.
For those paying close attention to the West Coast’s underground rock scene, Berry perhaps needs little introduction. He has already created a name for himself as the prolific mind behind such treasures as the lushly blown out Happy Diving (Father/Daughter Records) and the tautly psychedelic, Wipers-esque Big Bite (Pop Wig). On Start All Over Again, however, Berry replaces the relentless pace and anxious stylings of his shapeshifting past with a new frame of mind, one derived from excessive reclusion and aimed at indulgent self-awareness, expansion, and a deep fascination with Americana. Besides a single guitar track contributed on the song “Turn It Away” by Charlie Hoffman (of Help Yourself Records label-mates Advertisement), Berry performed and recorded the entirety of Start All Over Again by himself, laboring away over a series of sessions that consumed most of the second half of 2017.
On opener “Salvation,” Berry reminds us that love is the ruler and ultimate power of the universe. Against a backdrop of warm drums and sweeping country licks that twist beyond themselves, he challenges the modern urge to whitewash art with banal cynicism and self-righteous abstraction. “Security Blues” glows with a similar sense of conviction, turning its gaze toward the grim conditions of urban living. Berry laments the world around him turning into an ugly, gentrified, and tasteless playground for tech-elites. The track “Live To Please” burns like a strung-out fire raging in the most heavenly of houses. These are not protest songs, but rather explorations of alternative ways to view the possibility for freedom in a modern world.