Archive for August, 2013

Something Fierce/Occult Detective Club “split”

Dirtnap Records returns to our favorite regional talent pool (TEXAS!) to unleash this limited edition split 10″ (only the 2nd in Dirtnap history) released to commemorate Something Fierce and Occult Detective Club’s joint 2012 tour!

Something Fierce (Houston, TX), one of the leading lights on the label’s current roster, return with their 3rd release for Dirtnap. 3 more catchy, addictive, well-written, well-played mid-tempo punk/pop jams. If there is one thing you can count on with Something Fierce, it’s that they don’t make the same record twice. And while the songs here are not a million miles removed from last year’s Don’t Be So Cruel LP, it would seem like they are moving away from some of their more obvious 77-79 era punk influences, and rapidly adopting a more distinctive songwriting style.

Occult Detective Club (Denton, TX) started as a one man recording project, and has morphed into a full band lineup, with past and present members of Maaster Gaiden, ANS, Stymie, and lots more. We’re borrowing them from Alive/Bomp Records (who put out their stunning Crimes LP a couple of years ago) for this release, but they fit right in on our roster as well, and are a prime example of “that Denton sound” circa 2012. Fast, choppy, nervous riffs. Super catchy, short-but-well-thought-out-songs with good lyrics.

This record is a one time only pressing of 1000 and comes with a download card. Look for an all-new Something Fierce LP on Dirtnap in 2013!

Bad Sports Album Stream On Spin!


Stream the entire new Bad Sports album!

Guantanamo Baywatch “Chest Crawl”

2nd album (first for Dirtnap) of sexy, sleazy, reverb’d out slime from Guantanamo Baywatch. Guantanamo Baywatch was started by Jason Powell and Chevelle Wiseman in Portland about 4 years ago to an immediately enthusiastic reception, released a very well received and now out-of-print LP on Portland’s awesome Hovercraft Records, as well as a couple of EP’s/tapes. The band really came into it’s own, though, in late 2010, with the addition of Chris Michael (also in BOOM!) on drums. Technically they joined the Dirtnap roster in June 2011, but they took their time recording their debut for the label, done mostly at home by the band themselves.

Chest Crawl sees the band working more vocal numbers into the mix, incorporating the usual surf/garage suspects (Cramps, Trashmen), more obscure 50’s rock n’ roll/RNB wildmen, as well as slightly heavier nods toward the young-oldies sound being popularized today by bands such as Hunx, Shannon And The Clams, Nobunny, etc. Wildly popular here in Portland, and not afraid to tour, Guantanamo Baywatch are gonna be all over the place in 2012, starting with a 2 week tour with frequent bill-mates The Mean Jeans in March, followed by a solid summer of touring following the release of Chest Crawl.

Dirtnap doesn’t sign up local Portland bands very often (last one was Mean Jeans in late 2008!), so when we do, pay attention!


Guantanamo Baywatch Tour!


Another giant tour for Guatanamo Baywatch! Go see ’em!

OCT. 9 – San Francisco – El Rio
OCT. 10 – Los Angeles – The Complex
OCT. 11 – San Pedro – Harolds Place w/ Bombon
OCT. 12 – Fullerton – Burger Records
OCT. 13 – Las Vegas – Velveteen Rabbit
OCT. 16 – Phoenix – Yucca Tap Room
OCT. 17 – El Paso – Lips Lounge
OCT. 18 – Austin – The Scoot Inn BMX Private After Party
OCT. 19 – Austin – Hotel Vegas
OCT. 20 – New Orleans – Circle Bar
OCT. 21 – Montevallo, AL – The Eclipse
OCT. 22 – Memphis, TN – Hi Tone
OCT. 23 – Nashville – Stone Fox
OCT. 24 – Atlanta, GA – The 529 w/ Peach Kelli Pop
OCT. 25 – St. Augustine, FL – Nobby’s w/ Colleen Green, The Memories, Peach Kelli Pop, White Fang & Queen Beef
OCT. 26 – Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub w/ Peach Kelli Pop, Golden Pelicans
OCT. 27 – Miami, FL – Churchills
OCT. 28 – Gainesville, FL – The Display w/ The Mold!
OCT. 29 – Wilmington, NC – The Orton
OCT. 30 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter w/ Ar-Kaics, Grooms, Paint Fumes, Nervous Ticks
OCT. 31 – Philadelphia, PA – TBA
NOV. 1 – Boston, MA – Tufts University
NOV. 2 – Manhattan, NY – Cake Shop
NOV. 3 – Purchase, NY – SUNY Purchase College
NOV. 4 – Boston, MA – Charlie’s Kitchen
NOV. 5 – Brooklyn, NY – Death By Audio
NOV. 6 – Philadelphia, PA – TBA
NOV. 7 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
NOV. 8 – Detroit, MI – Lager House
NOV. 9 – Chicago, IL – Township
NOV. 10 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
NOV. 11 – Kansas City, MO – TBA
NOV. 12 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake w/ Lisa Prank (Robin of Lust Cats)
NOV. 13 – Salt Lake City, UT – TBA
NOV. 15 – Orange County, CA – TBA
NOV. 16 – San Francisco – Hemlock
NOV. 17 – Santa Rosa – PIZZA PUNX
NOV. 18 – Reno, NV – St. James Infirmary
NOV. 19 – Boise, ID – The Shredder
NOV. 20 – Spokane, WA – Baby Bar
NOV. 21 – Portland, OR – Star Bar
NOV. 23 – Seattle, WA – Black Lodge w/ Big Eyes & Acapulco Lips

Missing Monuments CD/Digital Out Now


Missing Monuments CD and digital out now, vinyl coming soon!

CD has the entire first LP and the 7″ on Hozac as bonus tracks, for a total of 23 songs!

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