Tuesday, May 26, 2015

5/26/15 - VAASKA - TODOS CONTRA TODOS 12" OUT NOW!



Summer is once again rolling into the blue collar resort town of VB. The roads are crowded and the people are obnoxious, so it's been my pleasure spending the past week inside getting Beach Impediment #15 ready for you all! Thanks to those who snagged an advance copy of the record from the band on their East Coast tour with AJAX back in April. For everyone else, have at it! Here's the nitty gritty:

"Since the earliest days of hardcore punk, the city of Austin, TX has been known for producing some of the best in the genre. The notoriety of this particular scene has grown exponentially over the past few years with a deluge of stellar bands coming out and capturing the adoration of those in search of “that good shit.” Out of them all, VAASKA would have to be the longest running and most abrasive of the bunch.  After a five year break from the format the boys have delivered yet another 12” platter of the raging D-Beat that they initially made themselves known for and have been perfecting over the years. And the aforementioned half a decade break between the 12”s was in no way an indication of them slowing down, seeing the release of a 7” on Germany’s Heart First Records and the recording of a session with their latest and greatest lineup (featuring the addition of Chris Ulsh on the kit) that yielded a split 7” with fellow ATX goons THE IMPALERS and another with Japan’s SKIZOPHRENIA on Beach Impediment and 540 / Todo Destruido respectively. “TODOS CONTRA TODOS” features 11 tracks of blown out hard punk pounders that will continue to capture the attention of those who admire the art of crafting urgent and seething songs."

To order individual copies of the record, please go to http://beachimpedimentrecords.bigcartel.com

To hear a song from the record, please go to http://soundcloud.com/beachimpediment or you can hear a few songs via the band's Bandcamp page at http://vaaska.bandcamp.com

For wholesale or trade inquiries, please contact beachimpediment[at]gmail[dot]com

There are 150 copies on translucent purple vinyl for mailorder only.

The following distros / stores will have this record available for sale in the near future: SORRY STATE, GRAVE MISTAKE RECORDS, FERAL WARD, LA VIDA ES UN MUS (UK), TODO DESTRUIDO, PUNK AND DESTROY (Japan), VINYL CONFLICT, RECORD SHOP BASE (Japan), BRAIN ABUSE, END OF AN EAR, KATORGA WORKS, HEAVEN STREET, DISCOS MMM, CELEBRATED SUMMER, VELTED REGNUB, TRABUC RECORDS (Spain), INTERPUNK, REVHQ, RAUNCH RECORDS, ASSURD RECORDS (Italy), VOX POPULI (Japan), THE TOTAL END, and more that are currently in the works.

And as always, for those that prefer to work with the big dawgz this will be available from EBULLITION, REVHQ, and COBRASIDE in the near future.

On the distro front, I've stocked a few bangers since we last met:

FINAL WARNING - DEMONSTRATION 1983 EP
SHEER MAG - II EP
TRAGIEDIA - PUNK 'TIL DESTRUCTION: 88-89 LP
NEU-RONZ - S/T EP
TERVEET KADET  - LAPIN HELVETTI LP
WARHEAD - S/T LP
AGGRESSION PACT - S/T EP
BOSTON STRANGLER - FIRE LP
P.I.G.Z. - BLOODY BELGIUM EP
P.F. COMMANDO - ROUGH SOUND EP
P.F. COMMANDO - GO GO GO EP
PROXY - SLOW SUICIDE EP
SOMA COMA - S/T LP
PERTTI KURIKAN NIMIPAIVAT - OMA RAUHA EP
THEE NODES / NAUGHTY GIRLS - split 7"

+ some more records added to the discounted 7"s and 12"s section and tons of other stuff!

Lastly, here's the usual "up next" list with a few revisions and a new addition featuring some of my favorite joy boys:

EEL - S/T EP
CONCEALED BLADE - DEMO 7" (US Press)
ABSOLUT / PARANOID split 12" (Split release with BRAIN SOLVENT PROPAGANDA)
AJAX new 7" (US Press, out soon (now?) across the pond on STATIC SHOCK)
OMEGAS new 12"
BLOOD PRESSURE 12"
DESPERAT 12"

That'll do it for now,

-B.I.R.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

3/17/15 - V/A - HARDCORE: GIMME SOME MORE 7" OUT NOW!


Yo dogs, here we have the first release of 2015 for the Beach Impediment label - the long awaited HARDCORE: GIMME SOME MORE compilation. It's already shaping up to be a busy year and I'm elated to be kicking it off with this platter full o' pounders, here's the scoop:

HARDCORE: GIMME SOME MORE is a glimpse into a select few of the modern day practitioners of hardcore punk that reside within the continent of North America and are considered to be the cream of the crop by the primate in charge of Beach Impediment Records who is, coincidentally, responsible for putting this compilation together over the past year and a half. Contained within this 7" record are exclusive tracks from S.H.I.T. (Toronto, ON), IMPALERS (Austin, TX), PEACEBREAKERS (Boston, MA), AJAX (NYC), VIOLENT END (Chicago, IL), and MERCENARY (Atlanta, GA) that you wont hear anywhere else. Each record comes in a pocket sleeve along with a fold out insert featuring art from each of the bands.

There are 200 copies for mailorder on translucent brown vinyl while they last.

UPDATE 3/19: COLORED VINYL IS SOLD OUT!

To order individual copies of the record, please go to http://beachimpedimentrecords.bigcartel.com

For wholesale inquiries, please contact beachimpediment[at]gmail[dot]com

The following distros / stores will have this release available for sale in the near future, if not already: SORRY STATE, FERAL WARD, LA VIDA ES UN MUS (UK), GRAVE MISTAKE, PUNK AND DESTROY (Japan), PAINKILLER RECORDS, STATIC SHOCK (UK), HELTA SKELTA RECORDS (Australia), ARMAGEDDON SHOP, KATORGA WORKS / HEAVEN STREET, FUN WITH SMACK, VINYL CONFLICT, 540 RECORDS / END OF AN EAR, OFFSIDE RECORDS (France). FEEL IT, FAILURE RECORDINGS, XSENTIENTX (Germany), WARTHOG SPEAK, VELTED REGNUB, 4490 RECORDS (Thailand), CHIMICHANGA DISTRO, BRAIN ABUSE, SOAP & SPIKES, THE TOTAL END, UGLY POP (Canada), MUTANT RECORDS (France), TEN FEET TALL RECORDS, BLACKWATER RECORDS, DEATHWISH INC, STATIC SHOCK MUSIK (Germany), GIVE PRAISE, RAT TOWN RECORDS, BAD HAIR LIFE RECORDS, and more that are in the works.

And, as per usual, for those that prefer to kick it with the big dog (ARF ARF!) distros you will soon be able to obtain this record from EBULLITION, REVHQ, and COBRASIDE.

I thought about posting a track from this on the Soundcloud, but what's the fun in that? Due to not wanting to spoil the surprise of any of these exclusive tracks, here's some links so you can hear the bands on this compilation in the event you're not already familiar with them:

S.H.I.T.
IMPALERS
AJAX
PEACEBREAKERS
VIOLENT END
MERCENARY

On the distro front, I got some newer items in stock such as:

BARCELONA - EXTREMO NIHILISMO EN BARCELONA MLP
RIXE - COUPS ET BLESSURES EP
AJAX - S/T EP
S.H.I.T. - FEEDING TIME EP
SOMA COMA - DUST LP
LEATHER DADDY - S/T EP
PILLAGE - S/T EP
SKEMATA - S/T LP
PIG DNA - CONTROL YOU FUCKER #3 EP
CAUSTIC DEFIANCE - S/T EP
FORWARD - AGAINST THEIR INSANITY LP

+ a bunch of marked down 7"s and 12"s, lots of killer titles from the likes of ARCHAIC, CHAOS UK, COLERA, DESPERAT, ISTERISMO, CONTRAST ATTITUDE, ILEGAL, OBLIVIONATION, ULSTER, and many more! Gotta make room for all the shit that's planned this year, so have at em!

Here's a glimpse into what's up next on Beach Impediment Records:

VAASKA - TODOS CONTRA TODOS LP
EEL - S/T EP
CONCEALED BLADE - DEMO 7" (US press)
ABSOLUT / PARANOID split 12" (US press, split release with BRAIN SOLVENT PROPAGANDA)

And much later after that there will be another 7" from BLOOD PRESSURE, the long awaited DESPERAT LP, and some other ill shit that is in the works. As always, stay tuned!

Peace,
-B.I.R.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

12/30/14 - MERCY KILLINGS - SNUFFED OUT EP OUT NOW!



Greetings! It's been a relatively slow year here at B.I.R. for a plethora of reasons, but I'm just as tickled as can be to get this one out before 2015 arrives. Anyways, without further ado, I give you the final entry of B.I.R.'s output for the year 2014.

A year after recording what would be the self titled EP, the lads of MERCY KILLINGS returned to the great state of North Carolina to lay down yet another sonic assault of hardcore punk. The resulting material proved to be even more vicious than the band's initial effort, yielding five songs of the savage USHC that certain members have been known for producing for over a decade now with select nods here and there to other spots on the globe that have been known to influence good punk as opposed to shit punk. These guys are, thankfully, too purist and/or out of touch to even consider flirting with any of the cringe inducing trends and fashions that have plagued the genre as a whole in recent memory. Therefore, fans of well executed hardcore punk can rest assured that they will receive just that upon obtaining this slab. Each record comes in a glue pocket sleeve adorned with stunning water color and ink based art by the illustrious Jaybo.

To order individual copies of the record, please go to http://beachimpedimentrecords.bigcartel.com 

To hear a song from the record, please go to http://soundcloud.com/beachimpediment 

For wholesale / trade inquiries, please contact beachimpediment[at]gmail[dot]com

For more information, please visit http://beachimpedimentrecords.blogspot.com

The following distros / stores will have copies of this record in the near future: GRAVE MISTAKE RECORDS, PAINKILLER RECORDS, VINYL CONFLICT, LA VIDA ES UN MUS (UK), KATORGA WORKS, STATIC SHOCK RECORDS (UK), FERAL WARD, EVEN WORSE RECORDS (The Netherlands), SORRY STATE RECORDS, WARTHOG SPEAK, FAILURE RECORDINGS, HEARTFIRST RECORDS (Germany), TENSION HEAD RECORDS, KANGAROO RECORDS (France), SIT & SPIN RECORDS, CHIMICHANGA DISTRO, GUMMOPUNX (The Netherlands), BLACK WATER RECORDS, ADULT CRASH (Denmark), SONIC MYSTICS, ARMAGEDDON SHOP, and many more that are in the works.

And as per usual, for those that prefer to run with the "big dawgz" - the kind folks at REVHQ, EBULLITION, and COBRASIDE will have these in stock soon enough should they be easier for you to deal with.

UPDATE 1/9/15 - Color vinyl is sold out

In lieu of this new release, I've stocked the distro with all kinds of goodies. Here's a small sampling:

ANTI CIMEX - CRIMINAL TRAP LP
ANTI CIMEX - SCANDINAVIAN JAWBREAKER LP
ANTI CIMEX - ABSOLUT COUNTRY OF SWEDEN LP
FORWARD / LONG KNIFE - SPLIT 7"
BOSTON STRANGLER - FIRE LP (RESTOCK)
V/A - STOMP-I-LATION tape
IMPALERS - PSYCHEDELIC SNUTSKALLAR LP
RHDP - PARUSA EP

+ many more

And while we're on the topic of MK, for those not in the know 'ol Baybay took a fall down by the river this past June and ruptured a disc in his spine. He just had his second back surgery since then and is down on his luck at the moment. Some friends have set up a fundraiser for him to help with the cost of living while he is recuperating. I know everyone's money is tight this time of year, but in the event you might be able to help out please go here and check it out.

Thanks to everyone who picked up one (or all) of these records this year:

GAS RAG - BEATS OFF MLP
BLOOD PRESSURE - S/T EP
MERCY KILLINGS - SNUFFED OUT EP

In the coming weeks I'll be sure to make a separate post giving some insight as to what 2015 holds for the label. It's looking to be a busy year involving releases by a plethora of bands that rule; some of which I've worked with before and some that I have not. Stay tuned.

Good riddance to 2014,
-B.I.R.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

7/15/14 - BLOOD PRESSURE - S/T EP OUT NOW!


Hey gang, I'm back with more HARDCOREPUNKMETAL goodness for those that want it. The BLOOD PRESSURE - S/T EP is finally available for your ordering pleasure.

Here's the first EP from Pittsburgh's BLOOD PRESSURE, yet another great band that the Iron City has yielded as of late. A few of these songs were available on a limited tape made by the band earlier in 2014, but this EP features the entire 6 song session in all of its glory. Consisting of members that have served time in the likes of DIRECT CONTROL, BRAIN HANDLE, EEL, and NO TIME, expect ripping hardcore with a certain demented vibe that an area like Pittsburgh tends to bring out in folks. Each record comes in a felt based pocket sleeve.

100 copies on blue vinyl for mailorder while they last!

To order individual copies of the record go to http://beachimpedimentrecords.bigcartel.com

To hear a song from the record go to http://soundcloud.com/beachimpediment

For wholesale inquiries, please contact beachimpediment [at] gmail [dot] com

For more information, please visit http://beachimpedimentrecords.blogspot.com

And for all of my European friends out there, the big chief Noel over at EVEN WORSE RECORDS will be doing a European pressing of this fine platter as well should it be easier for you all to get it from him. Also look out for the CARDIAC ARREST LP and AJAX EP he has lined up to be released alongside it as well.

The following distros / stores will have copies of the BLOOD PRESSURE - S/T EP in the near future, if not already:

SORRY STATE, FERAL WARD, GRAVE MISTAKE, VINYL CONFLICT, END OF AN EAR RECORDS, PAINKILLER RECORDS, SEWERCIDE RECORDS (Canada), TENSION HEAD, SOAP AND SPIKES, FEEL IT, VELTED REGNUB, KATORGA WORKS, CHIMICHANGA DISTRO, NAILGUN MURDER (Australia), INTERPUNK, 4490 RECORDS (Singapore), and more that are in the works.

And, as always, for those that prefer to big dick it with the professionals EBULLITION, COBRASIDE, and REVHQ will have copies for mass consumption as well.

Here's some more items of interest:

-GAS RAG - BEATS OFF MLP 2nd press still isn't here, hoping to have it within a few weeks though. The boys are in the midst of a west coast tour at the moment and have a European tour lined up for the fall. Don't miss those freaks!

-MERCY KILLINGS - SNUFFED OUT EP test presses are in and awaiting approval from the rest of the gang. Its looking like the band will be taking the summer off in lieu of two members sustaining traumatic injuries over the course of a short amount of time (one ruptured a disc in their spine, the other a broken pelvis in a car wreck) but hopefully the EP will be out soon enough just in time for the band to start gigging again.

-The lineup for the V/A: HARDCORE - GIMME SOME MORE is finally set in stone! On this platter you will be receiving exclusive tracks from S.H.I.T., PEACEBREAKERS, IMPALERS, AJAX, VIOLENT END, and MERCENARY. Still waiting on final mixes of some tracks but hoping to have this one out by the fall!!

-I've added a shit ton of distro items over the past few weeks, my absolute favorite being the TERCER MUNDO LP. Don't sleep on that shit!!!

That does it for now. Be easy!

-B.I.R.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

4/15/14 - GAS RAG - BEATS OFF MLP OUT NOW!


After a slew of delays (fuck Record Store Day) the GAS RAG - BEATS OFF MLP is FINALLY available for your ordering pleasure! Better late than never I suppose! I'm excited to finally have a new release for 2014. Anyways, READ ON:

The anarcho-prostitutes of Chicago's GAS RAG return with the "BEATS OFF" MLP, featuring 11 more tracks of the hardcore punk that you dingles have come to know them for. Following up the "HUMAN RIGHTS" EP that that lit up all the interwebs and print media rags with a plethora of praise and hate from all kinds of bloggers, "music journalists," and other assorted dimwits; the gang is back with their first 12" that continues to pay homage to their Midwestern homeland whilst sending warm regards to the distant land of Scandinavia, all the while churning out a special brand of aggressive rock. This is a platter full of frantic yet tasteful riffs, a savage vocal delivery, and professionally executed pre-teen drumming - producing an end result that will inevitably aid in the listener's self destructive course of choice. Try not to freak the fuck out.

To order individual copies, please go to http://beachimpedimentrecords.bigcartel.com

To hear a song from the GAS RAG - BEATS OFF MLP, http://soundcloud.com/beachimpediment

For wholesale inquiries, please contact beachimpediment[at]gmail[dot]com 

Interesting trades will also be considered.

For more information, please visit http://beachimpedimentrecords.blogspot.com

EUROPEANS: PLEASE ORDER THIS RECORD FROM EVEN WORSE RECORDS! They pressed it over there and not only will it be cheaper to get it from them but you'll receive the actual record a lot faster.

Also, the band will have copies on hand at the NEW YORK'S ALRIGHT festival this weekend up in NYC. Get you some.

The following distros will have copies of the record in the near future:

FERAL WARD, HAVOC RECORDS, GRAVE MISTAKE RECORDS, FEEL IT RECORDS, SORRY STATE RECORDS, VINYL CONFLICT, ARMAGEDDON SHOP, CHIMICHANGA DISTRO. BRAIN ABUSE, NOT NORMAL, VELTED REGNUB, THE TOTAL END, DISCOS MMM, TODO DESTRUIDO, HELTA SKELTA (Australia), DISEASED AUDIO, WORLD GONE MAD, MAN IN DECLINE, SOAP AND SPIKES, SIT & SPIN RECORDS, DEATHWISH INC, GENERAL SPEECH, SPHC, MIND CURE RECORDS, FAILURE RECORDINGS, INTERPUNK, and more that are in the works.

And as always, for those that prefer to big dick it with the big dawgz - EBULLITION, REVHQ, and COBRASIDE will be have a bunch of them very soon as well.

UPDATE 4/21/14: I'm late to post this, but for those that keep emailing color vinyl is long gone. Sold out of those within the first 24 hours. Regular edition is dwindling as well. Thanks for all the orders! I'm slowly (but surely) sending all these out in waves like I usually do and the 2nd wave went out today!

That does it for now. These will begin shipping early next week. Cheers!

-B.I.R.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

GAS RAG - HUMAN RIGHTS EP & MERCY KILLINGS - S/T EP REPRESSES AVAILABLE NOW + OTHER UPDATES



Hello,

After a slew of delays, the represses of both the GAS RAG - HUMAN RIGHTS EP and the MERCY KILLINGS - S/T EP have finally arrived at BIR HQ. Nerd stats: GAS RAG is the 3rd press of 500 copies with yellow and green center labels and the MERCY KILLINGS EP is the 2nd press with green and black center labels limited to 330 copies. Should your store / distro fancy any copies, drop me a line for wholesale rates. Interesting trades will also be considered.

In other news, the arrival of the GAS RAG - BEATS OFF MLP is getting closer and closer! The powers that be are informing me that these should (hopefully) be in my hands come mid-April, barring any shenanigans possibly caused by the infamous white folks holiday that happens around the same time. Anyways, the plan is for the band to DEFINITELY have copies at NEW YORK'S ALRIGHT, so if you're going to that shindig chances are looking pretty damn good that you'll be able to nab a copy in person from the band. Two songs from the record are available for your sampling; the first via a bad ass music video that the band made and the second from the ever so trusty B.I.R. Soundcloud. Also, for all of you Europeans out there that hate the shit postage that comes with ordering from America - fear not! My main man Noel at Even Worse Records will be handling the European release of this stellar record, so be sure to holler at him for a copy once they're available come April. Anyways, more information on that as it develops.

Here's some more label news:

-The "HARDCORE: GIMME SOME MORE" compilation is moving along at a snail's pace (as per usual) but hey, I got a track from S.H.I.T. the other day and it is THE SHIT!!! By the way I am no longer accepting submissions for this, the lineup is set... now I just wait for slow ass bands (my own included) to actually capture the magic in the studio... so stay tuned!!

-I've got a slew of releases planned for this year and I'm usually hush hush until I get close to getting the ball rolling on them. So now that the music has been sent off for this, I figured I'd let y'all know that BIR-012 will be the debut 7" from BLOOD PRESSURE, a band from Pittsburgh, PA that is absolutely ape shit. I'm legitimately excited to be apart of this and will be sure to post a track on the Soundcloud once we get a bit closer to the release. In the meantime, the band is selling copies of their demo tape. Holler at Eric via radiationmasturbation[at]gmail[dot]com if ya fancy a tape, there's only 100 made so get on that! I'm gonna try to get some for the webstore as well.

-Both the OBLITERATION - WAR IS OUR DESTINY EP and the MOD SUBS - PRIMITIVE BY TODAY'S STANDARDS LP are down to their last half a dozen copies each. There are no plans to repress either of these, so if they tickle your fancy get you some!!

And while I'm here, how about a distro update:

WARTHOG - EXTERMINATE ME EP
HEAVY NUKES - S/T 12"
APPARATUS - DEGENERATION OVERDRIVE EP
PARASIT - BAG OF ENEMIES EP
BREAKOUT - RAZOR WIRE EP
ECTOPLASM - S/T EP
DHK - EXTINCION EP
MOB 47 - BACK TO ATTACK 2xLP
DROPEND - DISTORTION HELL EP
RITUAL CONTROL - NO AFFINITY EP
ARCHAIC - NOISE IN YOUR HEAD EP

+ much more, available here.

That does it for now. I'll post again once the GAS RAG 12" is ready to roll!!

-B.I.R.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

12/26/2013 - MOD SUBS - PRIMITIVE BY TODAY'S STANDARDS LP OUT NOW!


So it appears I lied in my previous post, the MERCY KILLINGS - S/T EP (which is almost sold out) was NOT my last release of 2013! After a plethora of delays and a few years of planning the actual release (not to mention the 32 years since these recordings were cut), the MOD SUBS - PRIMITIVE BY TODAY'S STANDARDS LP is FINALLY ready  to roll! MOD SUBS were one of the first punk bands to pop up in the former capital of the Confederacy back in 1980. When Marty approached me about this project I was pretty stoked, my only knowledge of the MOD SUBS was from the WHITE CROSS live set on that CD that GTA did years ago, where Crispy says "Now we're gonna do our MOD SUBS set" and they go into "Can't Handle the Load" - I'd always wanted to hear more and was excited when I finally got around to hearing it! These recordings were released on a cassette tape and I'd be willing to bet most of the very few copies that existed didn't even make it out of Richmond. It consists of a studio session from the infamous Studio Two featuring both originals and covers along with a live set at the very end where they play some songs that, while they didn't manage to be captured in the bands' one studio session, eventually became staples of the live sets of the bands that would follow when MOD SUBS inevitably called it a day, leading to the formation of VAHC greats like WHITE CROSS who would include the song "Pink Flamingos" on their "WHAT'S GOING ON?" LP  a few years later. There's even an early / slower version of "Suburbanite" - a track that would eventually appear much tighter and faster on 1982's "FASCIST" EP by WHITE CROSS. Anyways, I'll leave the rest to Doug Dobey. Not only was he there for all of it, but this release could not have happened without him, so cheers! Read on:

"So a lady walks into a record store …and she’s carrying a box of reel-to-reel tapes. The box is unmarked, but inside it is a piece of Richmond punk rock history. Written on one of the tape boxes are the words ‘Mod Subs/Live in Studio Two’ and the guys at Steady Sounds immediately recognize that they’re on to something. I take their call, questions are asked and answered, and the story begins to unfold...

The Mod Subs were one of Richmond’s original punk bands. They formed in the spring of 1980 and stuck it out for a little over a year. Mike Rodriguez played lead guitar; Jeff Keezel, bass; Hal Imburg, drums; and Dave Lewis, aka ‘Bowie’, was the singer.

This long-lost master reel was originally recorded and mixed after-hours in the basement studio at Union Theological Seminary where Keezel worked a day job as an AV tech. The tracks are a mix of originals, early punk covers, and a couple of repurposed American classics. It’s presented as it was originally released, a mixture of live-in-the- studio songs recorded two, three, four at a time without a break, and inter-cut with a few samples from movie soundtracks. The last three songs were recorded live at a local club and capture some of the joy and chaos of a Mod Subs show. That’s me announcing the band, by the way. I thought I was being clever at the time.

It was always Mikey’s band. He had already run the short-lived Vacants through their paces, when he put together the Modern Suburbans. Once the lineup settled down to the four guys on this record, the name was shortened to Mod Subs, and the rest, as they say, is history. After the Subs, Mikey became the driving force behind Red Cross, White Cross, then later, Mudd Helmut. A few of the songs on this record stayed with him throughout the life of his later bands. One of them, the venerable ‘Pink Flamingo’, became a Richmond shout-along classic that’s still trotted out to this day. Here’s the story behind the song...

Bowie and I had scouted out a yard in North Side Richmond early one evening. It was chock-full of yard ornaments and we wanted one. We returned late that night. Bowie was the wheel man, and I was the thief. He pulled up onto a side street about a block from the house. Bowie killed the lights as I got out of the car. It looked easy enough, just hop over a small hedge and a chain link fence, grab the bird and go. I grab the bird and as I’m clearing the fence, the flood lights come on, and I break into a run. I sprint down the street laughing, with a pink flamingo under my arm while the owner chases after me. I yell at Bowie, “Go, go, go!” He gets the car moving and I climb in. We got away with it and we laughed hysterically all the way home. The next night Bowie wrote the song. Funny how one silly incident like that can develop a life of it’s own.
Mikey could be a taskmaster, but someone’s got to be in charge I guess. He was always berating Hal to play below his ability. “Nothing fancy!” he’d shout. “No fills! Just ‘boop-bap-boop-bap-boop-bap-boop-bap’!” Keezel was his own man, and stood up to Mikey more than anyone else in the band. The tension was palpable at times. Especially when they were playing live, there was always a sense that one of them might go off on the other. Bowie was always being talked into more and more outrageous behavior, like appearing onstage in his underwear, a diaper, a miniskirt. He could have said no, but that wasn’t his way. Then came the “The Ipecac Incident” at Hard Times...

Ipecac is a syrup that was used at the time to induce vomiting in cases of poisoning. Bowie got talked into drinking a bottle of the stuff before the show. If things went as planned, at the climax of their set Bowie would spin around on stage and become a ‘hurling dervish’. Anything to please the crowd. Trouble is it didn’t work. Try as he might, Bowie couldn’t bring himself to puke. He tried putting his fingers down his throat, made some pretty horrific gagging noises into the mic, but no vomit. At least not on stage. After the show, Bowie was sitting on the curb outside when the Ipecac finally kicked in. He was out there for a while, head between his knees, sadly puking into the gutter.
 
The Subs played pretty regularly around town with a few forays to DC and Virginia Beach. Typical of the time, they were banned from a couple of local venues. Some tables got knocked over, a few bottles got broken, a couple of fights broke out. Nothing outrageous really, until the ‘Fish Kill’ at a club called Newgate Prison...

Some grandstanding local punk group had trumped up a fake rivalry with the Subs. Their moneyman booked a special Halloween show, and hyped it as a battle of the bands. The Subs agreed to play. Why not? They were getting paid. Then Bowie got an idea. He and I went to a local seafood store to acquire some fish guts, ostensibly for a ‘VCU art school project’. You could get away with almost anything back then if you said you were working on an ‘art project’. We stole a couple of pumpkins from Safeway and carved out special deep-bottom jack o’ lanterns and filled them with as much of the rotting guts as they would hold. The Subs played first. When the other band was well into their set, we carried the gut-laden pumpkins through the crowd and placed them at the corners of the stage. Of course their singer would feel compelled to kick the pumpkins into the crowd. We barely had time to get to the back before their fans were covered with fish guts. As you can imagine, the club’s owner wasn‘t happy.

As the original title suggests, this record is just as “Primitive by Today’s Standards” as it was at the time. It’s as much a document of a place and a time as it is anything."

-Doug Dobey

Limited to 300 copies. Each record comes in a beautifully done screen printed and die cut sleeve, along with an insert featuring extensive liner notes and rare photographs of the band.

This is a split release with STEADY SOUNDS RECORDS and in the event it is more convenient to do so, I urge you to pick it up from them as well.

To order individual copies, please go to http://beachimpedimentrecords.bigcartel.com

To hear a few songs from the "PRIMITIVE BY TODAY'S STANDARDS" LP, go to http://soundcloud.com/beachimpediment

For wholesale inquiries, please contact beachimpediment[at]gmail[dot]com

For more information, please visit http://beachimpedimentrecords.blogspot.com

I'm heading out of town for about a week and a half. I will start shipping these out on January 6th, 2014. I will also be responding to any and all wholesale inquiries upon my return as well. Thanks for the understanding! And if that's not fast enough, hit up the homies at Steady Sounds and they will get you sorted before that.

UPDATE 1/11/14: STEADY SOUNDS are all sold out of their copies but I still have some left. Been laid out with the flu for the past week but slowly getting to wholesale inquiries and sending out mailorder copies. Thanks for your patience!

The following stores / distros have or will have copies in the near future: EBULLITION, SORRY STATE RECORDS, NAT RECORDS (Japan), SOAP AND SPIKES, FEEL IT RECORDS, LIGHT IN THE ATTIC RECORDS, DISCHORD RECORDS, END OF AN EAR RECORDS, VINYL CONFLICT, VELTED REGNUB, HELTA SKELTA (Australia), and more that are in the works.

On that note, thanks again for all the orders and generally good vibes this year! To revise the list from the last post, here is what I had the pleasure of spreading in 2013:

HASSLER - AMORALITY EP
KREMLIN - DRUNK IN THE GULAG 12"
GAS RAG - HUMAN RIGHTS EP
VAASKA/IMPALERS - SPLIT 7"
OBLITERATION - WAR IS OUR DESTINY EP
MERCY KILLINGS - S/T EP
MOD SUBS - PRIMITIVE BY TODAY'S STANDARDS LP

So again, cheers to the lovers and the haters! Have a neat rest of the year, I'll be back within a few months with the GAS RAG 12".

Talk soon,
-B.I.R.