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  • FT91 - Tugboat - Discography - Out Digitally October 13, 2017

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    David Burns - drums
    Jeff Moore - vocals, guitar
    Jason Morris - guitar, vocals on 13, 16, 17, 19
    Justin Sinkovich - bass, vocals on 12, 20, 22

    1-8 ‘Bob Boozer’ tape recorded at Underground Recording December 6, 1990 and September 12, 1991 by Matt Lincoln
    9-14 ‘Llama’ tape recorded at Big Mama April 24, 1992 by Richie Owens
    15-23 unreleased ‘Right in the Pocket’ recorded at Underground Recording (date unknown) by Matt Lincoln
    24-41 recorded live at Club Taboo November 13 1991

    David Burns grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, as one of the founders of File 13 Records, and a member of Chino Horde there.  He left Little Rock for college at University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN in the fall of 1990.  David lived in a dorm room across the hall from Jason Morris.  They both befriended Jeff Moore who lived in the residence hall next door. The three started playing in David and Jason’s dorm’s basement with David on drums, Jason on guitar, and Jeff playing guitar, singing, and writing the songs.  While in need of a bass player, Jason became lab partners in science class with Justin the second week of school.  Justin lived in the same dorm they practiced in, one floor above Jason and David, and had been playing bass in punk bands throughout high school. Tugboat was then fully formed, and they soon after got kicked out of practicing in the dorm basement for being too loud. 

    Tugboat was melodic noisy college rock that was influenced by bands like Dinosaur Jr., The Lemonheads, Uncle Tupelo, old Soul Asylum, and Buffalo Tom.  They focused on writing their own songs, but also learned a number of covers.   The band quickly started playing at clubs, frat parties, and campus events.  They also started recording in the studio and selling cassette tapes.   Most of the songs were tracked at Underground Recording Studio where later the first few Thumbnail releases, the last Chino Horde recordings, and the early Atombombpocketknife demos were recorded as well. 

    In the fall of 1992 for their third year of college, David, Jason, and Justin rented a house together and set up a band rehearsal space in the kitchen.  Meanwhile, Jeff decided to take a break from playing music.  David, Jason, and Justin started writing more punk / hardcore songs akin to the File 13 Records releases at the time.  Thumbnail was officially created and File 13 FT8, the debut self-titled Thumbnail seven-inch, was released in December of 1992.  Tugboat was then retired.

    This Tugboat ‘Discography’ is comprised of studio recordings including the first two tapes, plus nine unreleased songs. Those nine songs were played many times live, and were captured well at Underground.  The band was winding down though, so very few copies were distributed other than to band members and a few friends.  The last part of this collection is a live recording of a show from roughly the midpoint of the band’s activity, including an on air interview and performance to promote the show on the local college radio station, WUTK conducted by station manager, show promoter, and local music legend Benny Smith.  

  • FT90 - My Way My Love / The Poison Arrows - Split Single - out August 11, 2017!!!

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    The split single with Tokyo’s My Way My Love and Chicago’s The Poison Arrows titled by its catalogue number ‘FT90’ is out Friday August 11, 2017 on File 13 Records 

    The Poison Arrows and My Way My Love have been label-mates for many years now.  As the two most active bands on the label, they have become very close friends, and have always wanted to work together.  When My Way My Love was releasing their album ‘she sky my heart with blue’ and The Poison Arrows was releasing our new album ‘No Known Note’ around the same time, it was a perfect chance to collaborate. 

    Both of the songs are a great introduction to each band.  MWML’s “Honey” is definitely one of their best, as complex, frantic, and intense as it is melodic.   You can read the full lyrics to “Honey” below, and singer and guitarist Yukio Murata explained the lyrics meaning behind Honey:

    “Honey” is (a) story when I looked up at the sky...a state of sadness, grief, and mourning after the loss of a loved one.This is " Love Song " for me, for I loved one.”

    The Poison Arrows track “Why We Study History” was recorded at the same time as their newest album ‘No Known Note,’ and is the most politically-minded of the recent tracks as singer and guitarist Justin Sinkovich explains:

    “The latest social and political climate is baffling to me, it is as if we are devolving.  We should be analyzing the mistakes of the past to learn from our mistakes and move forward as humans. If only those caught up in their backwards agendas would study history… we should have moved past these petty conflicts years ago.” 


    Honey

    How far is your heaven
    When it comes when it goes
    Is it a long way?

    How high is your sky is…
    I’m fallin’… how far is??

     Your smile still remains
    Is where I hung tears
    Stars burn so bright tonight
    Where you’ve gone to

    You got me floating low
    You got me flying high
    Your smile still remains
    Is where I hung tears
    Stars burn so bright tonight
    Where you’ve gone to…
    Your shadow still remains

    Why We Study History

    Trace the time we’ve isolated
    Trace the trash we’ve complicated
    Trash the time we’ve tried to save us again

    Cross the border cross the line
    Cross the basis for no time
    Cross the stasis of not if but when

    That’s the way we stay defeated
    That’s the way we’ve lie and cheated
    That’s the reason we seem so cross again

    Pass the test to bury me
    Forget the past to stop the bleeding
    Erase the past to set you free again

    Pass the test to bury me
    Forget the past to stop the bleeding
    That’s the reason we study history

    Errands run and soon distorted
    Errant exports of the soon reported
    Lazy accounts of debates on if we have won

    Close the past on re-entry burn
    Close to last and negative return
    Now let’s cash that check and that project’s done

    That’s the way we’ve loved and hated
    They way we stay negated
    That’s the way we finally bit our tongue

  • FT90 - My Way My Love / The Poison Arrows - Split Digital Single!

    Our two currently active bands join forces for a split digital single! My Way My Love contributes an incredible track called "Honey" which is the perfect introduction or catalogue compliment to this Japanese noise rock band.  MWML successfully dares to add as many spastic anthemic parts into a three and a half minute song. It may be their best song to date.  The Poison Arrows offer up "Why We Study History" which is a track recorded in the 'No Known Note' album sessions with the intention of saving it for this collaboration.  The track mirrors the music on the new album, leaning toward the more rock single side, although it ends with a long instrumental noise jam as is signature for the band making the track clock in at almost six minutes.

  • FT89 - My Way My Love - 'she sky my heart with blue' - out on Vinyl LP June 30 2017!

    Tokyo's Yukio Murata and My Way My Love are back with a new album,  and a very special installment in their extensive catalogue.  FT89 'she sky my heart with blue' is available June 30th, but ONLY on vinyl LP, so turn off your Wi-Fi and put your phone in airplane mode.  

    As a follow-up to their 'Blue' cassette, the new LP includes a couple of songs from 'Blue,' just in case you do not have a tape deck.  MWML is back with their tight spastic noise post punk.   However, Side A of the new album is comprised of tracks that are a little slower, with more spacey melodies, more acoustic guitars, and show a more nuanced side of the band.  Side B gets back to their frantic jagged tempos and shape shifting Jazzmaster driven compositions.  The combination of both sides of the album display the wide range of talents from our Japanese friends.

    BUY THEIR RECORD FROM THEIR WEBSITE HERE

    More news soon!

    Previous Press from 'Hypnotic Suggestion:01'
    "There's plenty to like about My Way My Love. This Tokyo trio rocks sludgy basslines and squirmy could-be-brilliant chromatic guitar riffs like the best Sonic Youth rips out there. Lovers will enjoy "Captain"-- textbook hard 90s college rock, tuneless but with a drummer who's confident as fuck, as well as "Sports", which is the same song as "Captain" but with klaxon sirens and heavy-handed quiet-loud, and "Sound Of Gold", an accidental tribute to the Slint reunion tour." - Pitchfork

  • FT88 - The Poison Arrows - 'No Known Note' - Out April 28, 2017

    File 13's disjointed flagship The Poison Arrows has finally followed up their 2010 last LP, with album three 'No Known Note.' It's out on the 28th, but will be in some stores for Record Store Day 2017!  

    Available on very high quality vinyl LP and digital. Order it here:
    https://thepoisonarrows.bandcamp.com/album/no-known-note

    And there are already three tracks you can listen to at that Bandcamp link after being premiered by Brooklyn Vegan, New Noise Magazine, and CLRVYNT.

    The trio is easily recognizable from their past work, but there are some major differences.  The keyboards were almost completely left at home, and the layers have been stripped away for a more focused and honest representation of walking into a room where the Arrows are plugged in.  

    Scott from Girls Against Boys, Tony from Bloodiest and ABPK, and Brian from Disappears and 90 Day Men all guest on the album.  Recorded as always at Electrical Audio by Greg Norman and now mastered by Bob Weston, the cavernous drums lock in with Patrick's always bewildering bass lines and punch you in the chest, while Justin threads a more noise rock sound on top.  The lyrics and vocals are a mixture of brutal truth and abstract prose as if it recited directly at you in a bar conversation.

  • FT87 - My Way My Love - 'Blue' cassette out April 1

    We are stoked to announce a new cassette-only release by our Japanese friends My Way My Love!

    'Blue' is a the follow up to their spastic noise rock full-length 'SHIT!'  

    "Blue' finds Yukio and company stepping back, slowing down, and experimenting with space and melody.  These four meandering jams are a unique taste of MWML and are only available on the physical tape form. We should be getting some into the File 13 Store store soon. Otherwise, you can order directly from the band (in Japan) from their store.

    If you are in or near Japan, they are also touring in support of 'Blue.'  Check out the tour dates here.

    More news regarding My Way My Love soon!!!

  • Jon Lindsay on Tour Supporting 'Cities & Schools'

    Check out Jon and his band on tour supporting his new album. More tour dates to come in the US and Europe as well!

    July 22 - Carrboro, NC, Cat's Cradle
    July 23 - Winston-Salem, NC, The Garage
    July 24 - Vienna, VA, Jammin' Java
    July 25 - Brooklyn, NY, TROOST
    July 26 - New York, NY, Rockwood Music Hall
    July 28 - Nashville, TN, The 5 Spot
    July 29 - Charlotte, NC, The Evening Muse
    July 30 - Statesville, NC, BLUE DAYS FESTIVAL
    July 31 - Wilmington, NC, Brooklyn Art Center