Preorder new albums from the Ar-Kaics + Vacation

People! Back this week with two major album announcements, both from long running groups and friends of the label. Virginia's the Ar-Kaics are back with their first new studio album in six years! And perhaps the hardest working band in Cincy, Vacation, join the label for their ninth album. Both are available to preorder now and out on May 3! We will be back in April to announce an opening date for the record shop too...just got our sign painted and the inside is *almost* ready to begin stocking for y'all :)
The Ar-Kaics - See the World on Fire
(cover photos: Richard Howard)
Preorder LP/CD from Feel It (releases May 3)
single premiere "Dawning" + interview at Paperface Zine
The Ar-Kaics are back with See the World on Fire, their first new album in six years. It’s also the first release from this newly-minted partnership between Feel It Records and the bands’ own imprint, Dig! Records; with Bachelor Records delivering a European edition. Expect eight new tunes of dark, moody, rollicking garage psych not altogether dissimilar from their previous output (across two LPs and a mess of singles). What you get here is the next chapter. All written and recorded in singer-guitarist Johnny’s bedroom / garage (pictured on the album cover), it’s a concept album based on the concept of making an album—on their own, from the brink.
Vacation - Rare Earth
(single art: Evan Wolff / photo: Jamie Morrison)
Preorder LP/CD/CS direct from Feel It (releases May 3)
single premiere: "Rare Earth" at Brooklynvegan
"Vacation’s new album Rare Earth comes at a time when the powder keg of civilization as we know it is particularly vulnerable to the spark that swallows our very existence. Rare Earth is an album that exists on account of this fact; lyrically and sonically in meditation of it. It’s an album that evokes at once the ominous churning of the Bizarros, the drone & dirge of Screaming Urge, and the melodic cushion of the Replacements’ tender years. Nine albums into their discography, Vacation remain true to shrill atmospheric ambience in tribute to Pere Ubu while retaining the hard-edged accessibility that was signed, sealed, and delivered to sensitive degenerates by the likes of the Ramones and Guided By Voices. Rare Earth delivers all of this in a uniquely sparkling package; almost tactile in relation to their live experience. It’s this Cincinnati power-quartet’s most explosive album yet, out Spring 2024 on Feel It Records." -Amos Pitsch (Dusk, Tenement)
Smirk and Vacation on tour
Smirk are doing the East coast soon and have a cool new single to share! Vacation are headed out on a couple Midwest and East coast runs too. Finally, come see us at the Northside Record Fair on Saturday - got a few boxes of choice stuff that'll be out for the first time.

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