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June 2019 Update

Posted by Sam Richardson on 6/14/2019 to News
Hey people, it has been quite some time since the last newsletter! Thankfully I got to see quite a few of y'all on Fried Egg tour or with Cement Shoes at Horrible Fest. Both outings were great fun, the hospitality was wonderful, and I even got to take a fun family vacation to Amsterdam after all the band stuff was done with...but now I'm back for a while, and it's time to catch up on label biz.
 
LABEL NEWS: New albums from PLEASURE LEFTISTS + CEMENT SHOES availble for preorder!



That's right, test presses have been approved, and the vinyl production and assembly are well underway for the next two Feel It releases. On July 12, we'll be releasing Pleasure Leftists "The Gate" and Cement Shoes "Too" on LP + CD! There are limited color vinyl options available for both if that's your thing. I'll leave ya with the official descriptions below. Preorders are set to ship in the next 3-4 weeks, please be patient and remember that anything ordered in addition to a preorder item will not ship until all preorder items are stocked + fulfilled, thanks!
Pleasure Leftists - "The Gate" LP/CD/digital
Preview track: "Try the Door"

Cleveland's PLEASURE LEFTISTS return with "The Gate", a new ten song album of cathartic, riveting post-punk excellence. The long-running group, comprised of veteran players in the Clevo scene, have turned in what is arguably their best recorded output - and the first since 2015's "The Woods of Heaven". For "The Gate", PL ventured out to Portland, OR in March 2019 to record on tape with Stan Wright (Arctic Flowers) - and the results are massive. Those familiar with previous PL material will immediately feel reacquainted with the group's masterful arrangements and cool, confident execution - a style that draws from the early British post-punk classics on labels like 4AD and Factory Records, but retains an organic, original sound that few contemporary acts harness. While "The Gate" undoubtedly benefits from the best studio sound of any PL release to date, the musicianship is what makes this album feel like an absolutely classic piece of work. The tones are perfect - almost as though Greg Sage dialed them in for a Wipers record. You'll immediately be taken by Haley Morris's vocal range and projection, which shines across the entire album and is absolute next level work. The sheer artistic quality of the songwriting is propelled along in perfect rhythm, as the guitar and bass play off of each other wonderfully, beginning the album with "In Dreams", which sets the tense and urgent nature of the tracks that follow. "The Return" dials the pace back slightly, allowing room for one of Morris's most memorable vocal patterns. As "Phenomenon" emerges from cold drone to begin the second half of the album, it quickly becomes apparent that PL have crafted a master work here. "Dancing in the Dark" could be a lost Homostupids track adapted to PL's sensibilities, followed along by the charging title track, and the gripping closer, "The Sign". Pleasure Leftists leave us with a phenomenal batch of tracks on "The Gate" - a gleaming, timeless piece of work.

First pressing of 400 Black LPs, 100 Opaque dark purple LPs, and 100 CDs.
Cement Shoes - "Too" LP/CD/digital
Preview track: "Boots"

Ahh yes, the Shoes, baby! Richmond, VA's CEMENT SHOES lay down eight new tracks on, "Too", their debut album. If you're new to Da Shoes, their debut 7" single on Feel It in 2018 left both reviewers and punk/hardcore millenials utterly confused and divided. The sage journalists at Razorcake even exclaimed, "This is the kind of genuine hardcore punk that could reach a pretty damn wide audience if the world were a different place." Well, it's 2019 now and the world hasn't changed one degree for the better, buddy! Thankfully, Cement Shoes have returned to drive the point home with their finest-and-fullest-sounding record yet. The Shoes are truly cooking with gas now, bringing the best elements of snappy 80s punk/HC and 70s hard rock to sonic fruition, with the necessary tongue-in-cheek sense of humor intact. "Too" presents itself as a sonic rendezvous where the '83 LA cast of punkers from "Suburbia", "Funhouse" era Stooges, Alice Cooper Band, Totalitär, and Cider are all invited. The whole room reeks of cheap beer and reefer, wah pedals lie on top of dirty shag carpet, and Joe Pesci is there to emcee the whole thing. Confused yet? So are we. But screw it, here's an album that sounds as timeless as the precious tape it was recorded on. A smoldering effigy to the way rock music used to simply exist and excite, and a shining example of where the unlimited data of the aughts can actually be stretched.

First pressing of 400 Black, 75 Psychedelic swirl with opaque white base [50 "Power Pak" editions include a bonus 7" flexi], 25 Psychedelic swirl with translucent clear base (exclusive to Lulu's - Melbourne, Australia), and 100 CDs.


DISTRO NEWS:



The NEW ARRIVALS section is
brimming with summer hits from all yer favorite acts...we've got hot new releases from UROCHROMES, WARM BODIES, a sick new batch of HoZac reissues (MATT GIMMICK, ANEMIC BOYFRIENDS, JULIAN LEAL), WARTHOG-live in LA soundboard CS, RED LIGHT REAPERS demo (new band from Mike of Dirty & His Fists), new BEACH IMPEDIMENT releases from CONDOR, GAME, and WITCHTRIAL, the only North American copies of the new SCAB EATER LP from our Australian homie at No Patience, the final OUT COLD LP, debut PORNO GLOWS 12", new LP from NYC's L.O.T.I.O.N., long awaited new UV RACE LP, a smattering of classic Aussie archive/reissue material from legends COLOURED BALLS, holy shit-ARTICLES OF FAITH official 7" reissues, smashing new 7" EPs from SUCK LORDS + JUDY & THE JERKS, a bunch of hot new cassette demos...damn!

UPCOMING TOURS:

KALEIDOSCOPE and NOSFERATU do Europe! So proud of my buds in Kaleidoscope on their first true long-player, After The Futures... They're currently en route to Europe with Texas HC madmen NOSFERATU, and this tour starts Saturday! Both bands have new LPs out for tour on La Vida Es Un Mus, and you better believe we'll have the respective US pressings of each to distro in the near future. Also make sure to catch the Kaleidoscope homecoming/record release/benefit gig in Brooklyn on July 6 w/ T.A.Z., Headsplitters, and S.P.I.C.


JUNE
Copenhagen (15)*
TBA (17)
Amsterdam (18)
Brussels (19)
Lyon (20)
Milan (21)
Zagreb (22)
Budapest (23)
Vienna (24)
Warsaw (25)
Prague (26)
Leipzig (27)
Madrid (29)*
Barcelona (30)*

*w/out NOSFERATU



CEMENT SHOES go to Australia? Wot, mate?! It's true. The fine details are still being hashed out, but Cement Shoes are headed to Australia in November around Maggot Fest and will be touring for roughly 3 weeks around the festival. The fine folks at Cool Death Records and Lulu's are bring us over, and I couldn't be more thrilled to finally be making it to Australia. We're also doing an exclusive color version of the Cement Shoes LP for Lulu's - so if yer in Melbourne, go grab it from them! More details in the coming months.


Goodbye for now, much more to come. If you're information-obsessed feel free to follow @feelitrecordshop for more frequent updates.

-Sam | Feel It Records