We are very, very excited to announce we've teamed up with our label buds Chill Mega Chill on their annual Halloween compilation, The CHILLER. For the 4th installment - The Chiller IV: Night Of The Living Chill - we've gathered 20 bands from out respective rosters to deliver their best Halloween-inspired tracks. This is seriously one of the coolest releases we've been apart of and we're incredibly stoked with how it all turned out. The special edition two-cassette tape packages will include one tape of New Treats (the tracks from this year's edition) and one tape of Old Tricks (20 of the best track from previous years). They will also come with collectible trading cards, die cut stickers and other goodies. Pick one (or three) up!!! Head over to The Fader to stream Ricky Eat Acid's contribution, "Death Without Reward".
Stream Ricky Eat Acid's track: HERE
Pre-order a cassette package: HERE
William Alexander to release new album Strangest Things
Stream William's first single, "Giant Fade," via Under the Radar: HERE
Pre-order vinyl/tape: HERE
For William Alexander, the songs presented on Strangest Things could have very well become a musical oddity – an undoubtedly brilliant yet unearthed collection of finely crafted pop classics. Until now, the album had been quarantined for nearly five years. For reasons both within and beyond his control, Alexander is only now prepared to release Strangest Things, a collection a warped, loop-based songs that are both blooming and cerebral. Shedding his former solo moniker, The Meanest Boys, he aims to cleanse the past as he dreams into a more direct future. And while many of these songs may be relics in his mind, they are as purposeful and immediate as ever – a true testament to his pop writing prowess. Recorded in his Fullerton, CA bedroom, these dusted songs are kaleidoscopic prisms constantly in motion, grounded by hip-hop indebted beats and stoned atmospherics. And floating somewhere above it all are Alexander’s haunting vocals, which usually seem to be either coming from another room or disintegrating into nothing. Over the course of the album, he has a way of sounding effortless, cool, apathetic, patient, and fed up all in the same breadth. Strangest Things is a dazed, weirdo pop record in a (hang) loose sense, but its strengths lie in its singular and unique delivery. Forged Artifacts and Yellow K records are honored to be co-releasing Alexander’s future classic to the world.
BIG AIR TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM 'DON'T CARE'
This one's been a long time coming for us at Forged Artifacts, as we've been huge fans of Big Air ever since we got our collective faces torn off by their self-released Buds EP early last year. Big Air began in 2013 in the rural hills of Virginia where lead songwriter Rob Dobson crafted his own brand of upbeat, riff-heavy fuzz pop. Following the release of their debut, Dobson relocated to Los Angeles and began work on material that would become Big Air's first full-length. Recorded to tape in his bungalow in Echo Park, Don't Care builds on the kinetic energy of Buds, while adding denser arrangements, headier atmosphere, and a broader palette of tones. We are very excited to announce we will be releasing Don't Care digitally and on limited edition chrome tapes on September 18. Stream the first single - "Stay the Night" - over on Stereogum.
Stream "Stay the Night" via Stereogum: HERE
Pre-order Don't Care on cassette: HERE
Big Air has a brand new lineup and shows forthcoming in the LA area:
8/14 - The Smell w/Los Angeles Police Department, Walter, West America
8/15 - House Show w/Los Angeles Police Department
10/8 - Ham & Eggs Tavern w/Invisible Hand, Nancy Music
We are very excited to announce we'll be releasing Bake Sale Hotties, the mighty debut album from The Bombshells! We absolutely love this album and we know you will too. All the songs are bristling with youthful energy and intensity...Rippers to the max! It will be out June 30 digitally and on limited edition light pink chrome tapes! Head over to Stereogum now to hear the first single, "Who's to Say."