Mean Jeans – Singles LP Out Now! European tour starts tomorrow!
Nervosas Join Dirtnap
We here at Dirtnap Records are excited to announce the addition of Ohio dark-punks Nervosas to our roster of bands. Their s/t Dirtnap debut (following their also-s/t LP on Let’s Pretend Records) will be out in early June, followed by lots of touring.
Listen to their earlier releases here:
The Splits – II Out April 24th!
We’re excited to announce our next release, the Dirtnap debut from Helsinki, Finland’s The Splits!
II will be out on April 21st! In the meantime, Impose just debuted the first Mp3 from the album along with a brief interview. Check it out here:
The Splits came together in Helsinki, Finland in Fall of 2010. Originally consisting of Helena (guitar/vox), Maiju (bass), Kiti (guitar/vox) and Aiju (drums), The Splits were the first band that any of them had played in.
After recording what were originally intended to be demos, a friend of theirs sent the recordings, (without the band’s knowledge) to Germany’s iconic P Trash Records. P Trash offered to put out an LP on the spot (and local Finnish label Airiston Punk Levyt a 7”), without the band having played so much as a single show. Shortly after the album’s release, the recordings also came to the attention of Dirtnap Records, who promptly flipped out, began helping to distribute the album in the USA, and told the band to get in touch once they recorded more stuff. A couple of tours of Europe/UK followed, one of which with like-minded English band The Love Triangle. (You should check them out if you haven’t already, they’re awesome!)
Things took a downturn in 2013, though. Multiple breakups left most of the band heartbroken and homeless. Original drummer Aiju departed to have a baby, to be replaced by current drummer Jussi, who acted as the producer on their1st LP and 7”. The band was committed to re-building, however, and it was during that tumultuous period that what became this, their 2nd album, was born.
This dark era in the band member’s personal lives is captured perfectly in the music and lyrics, sometimes quite directly.
The Splits and their new LP defy easy classification. They are the kind of band that can be well received at hardcore fests, and then turn around and go on tour with garagepunk bands. There are definite dark undertones and a slight post-punk influence to their music and lyrics, but this is still far more aggressive and stripped down than the sounds of the currently fashionable goth-revival thing.
The band lists some of their favorites as Poison Idea, Testors, Dead Moon, Pagans, Wipers, Marked Men, and Varuas, all of which make sense after listening to the album. (They also want you to know that they like beer, hamburgers, cats, and bicycles, which proves they are good people!) Think of the dark, driving sounds of the bands born of American Pacific Northwest winters, mixed with the trashy Reatarded rock n’ roll sensibilities of Memphis, along with an abiding love of obscure 70’s punk.
At a relatively concise 9-songs, II captures an effective snapshot of a specific time and place, and a mish-mash of different influences coming together to create a haunting, memorable album. We could be very surprised if this is the last we hear from The Splits.
Legendary Wings – Do You See? LP Out NOW!
Legendary Wings – Do You See LP out now, on mailorder-exclusive color vinyl!
Kalamazoo MI’s Legendary Wings are back with the 2nd LP for Dirtnap! Do You See improves upon the template set by their first album (Making Paper Roses, Fall 2012), alternating bursts of caffeinated punk-pop with mid-tempo jangly numbers, all served up raw and catchy as hell.
Think fun, high energy music, but with enough melancholy in the lyrics to keep this far from the realm of vapid party jams. While this isn’t too far removed musically from some of the more well-known bands on Dirtnap (think Denton, TX) there is an unmistakable quality to Legendary Wings that makes them instantly and unmistakably identifiable as hailing from the Midwest.
The band has kept busy since their debut album, touring the East Coast, playing Gonerfest and the Dirtnap Records NYC Showcase, with members playing on well-received records by I Get Mynze and No Bails. While Making Paper Roses was a sprawling 16 song epic, Do You See goes for the opposite effect: at a relatively brief 10 song set, this winds up being a tighter, more focused, more concise effort, which really allows the top-notch songwriting (Seriously, listen to the song Weather Advisory and tell us that wouldn’t be a monster hit in a perfect world!) shine through.
Due to the fact that they don’t get out of the Midwest that often, these guys are probably one of the more underrated bands on Dirtnap, but we are convinced that once Do You See gets out into the world, people are going to realize what we’ve known since they sent us their first demo in the mail: Legendary Wings are one of the best bands around!
First 200 copies come on BLUE vinyl, available mailorder-only! All copies come with 320kbps download coupon.
Legendary Wings – Making Paper Roses LP – On sale for $9 through Feb 28th!!
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1. Best Friend
3. Weather Advisory
6. Do You See
8. Leaving Home
9. Separate Rooms
10. Missed Connections
Low Culture/Needles//Pins split 7” (color vinyl almost out of print!)