• FT98 – My Way My Love – Fantasize for Another Day – Out May 2 2020!!!

    Announcing MWML’s new two song release “Fantasize for Another Day” available on May 2nd digitally at our Bandcamp store (pre-order now!) and on major digital services like Spotify and Apple/iTunes. Tokyo’s My Way My Love and Chicago’s File 13 Records have been staying super busy sheltering in the studio. So as a quick follow up to the March release of their more electronic oriented BALL & CHAIN EP, this new EP leans into heavy guitar rock combined with their patented noisy and chaotic sound. Yukio and company promise more music to be released by July as well!

  • FT99 - The Poison Arrows - 'Seek Harbor - Single' For Charity Out April 17 2020!!!

    The Poison Arrows
    Seek Harbor – Single
    April 17 2020
    File 13 Records

    All proceeds from this single will be donated to the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund.

    Chicago’s The Poison Arrows was about to announce its 4th LP along with a European tour and US tour dates all scheduled for late May / early June. The vinyl was paid for, but the pressing plant had to close before it got pressed. Obviously the tour has all kinds of issues as well, so the album and all touring are currently on hold until further notice. 

    We wanted to do something to stay creative, stay active, and stay sane since we cannot even rehearse. Clearly, a song called “Seek Harbor” is fitting for today’s times. It will be the first song on side two of the LP. It is named after one of the two Czech companies that provide our van, gear, and driving companion on our tours. It was written well over a year ago, but the lyrics definitely hit home during this mess. Toward the end of the song, there is a tribute to our last European tour manager (also with the band Savak), Darko who lives in Zagreb Croatia, and who we hope to see soon.

    Although we have taken some substantial financial hits in our households, for now, we are all able to pay our bills. So we have decided to raise awareness and money the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund. All proceeds from this single will be donated to them, at least, as much money as a single from an obscure band can. A lot of people are hurting financially, if you have a little bit to give them, please do, you can go to the link here, https://artsforillinois.org/donate-and-apply and/or spend a few dollars on the single here https://file13records.bandcamp.com/

    This will likely be the only track from the album to be released before the album is rescheduled and announced, but File 13 is working on some additional releases for Arts for Illinois as well. We are unable to afford to hire our typical promotion professionals for this, so if you can help us spread this news or wish to contact us to do any promotional support or anything, please do.

    There is a pre-order up on Bandcamp, and then it was just submitted to other digital services for April 17th.

    Seek Harbor for health and safety. Love to you all. 

    Justin. Adam. Patrick. The Poison Arrows

    Bass Guitar by Patrick Morris
    Drums and Percussion by Adam Reach
    Guitar and Vocals by Justin Sinkovich
    Music Recorded at Electrical Audio Studio A with Greg Norman
    Vocals Recorded by Justin Sinkovich at his House
    Mixed by Brian Deck at Narwhal Music Studios
    Mastered by April Golden
    Photography by David Babbitt
    Art Design by David Babbitt and Adam Reach

    Opened up the locket because lockets never lie
    Cause you’re lying to a picture of the only one who tried
    Tried to paint a picture tried to picture that one more lie
    Then I opened up the locket and it ended up a disguise

    Seek harbor our own way
    Seek harbor from your friends
    Seek harbor our own way
    Seek harbor from our own selves
    Seek harbor our own way
    Seek harbor from our friends
    Seek harbor our own away
    Seek harbor from indoctrination

    Retreating from the rest of what bears repeating is all the lies
    If only we had pawned that locket and trusted Darko all the time



  • FT97 - My Way My Love - 'BALL & CHAIN - EP' Out March 27 2020!!!

    As promised, My Way My Love is following up the recent digital release of their last album, 2017's 'she sky my heart with blue' with brand new music! And it totally rules! The BALL & CHAIN EP is two songs blending spastic electronics with their signature noise infused guitar rock. This EP is a huge treat for MWML fans new and old, leaving us all hoping that more tracks are on the horizon!

  • FT89- My Way My Love - 'she sky my heart with blue' - Out Digitally February 14th 2020


    Japan’s My Way My Love released their last album, the epic ‘she sky my heart with blue’ on File 13 to much excitement from fans and critics back in 2017.  The band surprisingly only made it available on vinyl… that is, until now!!! We are excited to share the album digitally for the first time on download and streaming services worldwide starting February 14, 2020. 

    ‘she sky my heart with blue’ displays the melodic depth of the band with a slow spacey build. The album progresses into their signature experimental noise rock sound, while maintaining more somewhat more delicate style throughout, as compared to their previous works. Now that the album is available digitally, MWML has also provided one additional track at the end of the album entitled “This Time.” The new track is a five-minute opus that almost provides a summary at the end of the album’s journey.

    Yukio Murata promises more music very soon, with a new EP scheduled for March 4th, his birthday, so stay tuned for more details soon!

  • FT96 - Boardinghouse Reach 'All For Nothing' out October 18th 2019 - But Download For Free Now!

    File 13 felt the need to get back to what made it first happen back in the early 90’s in Little Rock Arkansas – punk rock. Justin Sinkovich joined his friends, Boardinghouse Reach in their practice space to record, mix, and master two songs for the ‘All For Nothing EP.’ A couple of weeks later, we have it ready for your ears. Chicago’s Boardinghouse Reach mixes energy and intensity with a little bit of fun for their second short form offering, and File 13's 96th release.

     The new 2-song digital EP will be available on the streaming services on October 18th. Since we like you, it’s available on the band’s Bandcamp page for free download until then, so get over there!

  • FT95 - Acquaintances '8 1/2 Lives' out May 31 2019!

    As part two of the 30th Year Anniversary celebration, File 13 is has conjured up the long-awaited second Acquaintances album 8 ½ Lives. FT95 will be released on vinyl and digitally May 31st. 

    Acquaintances is:
    Jered Gummere – Guitar, Vocals (The Ponys, Bare Mutants, Richard Vain)
    Justin Sinkovich – Guitar, Vocals (The Poison Arrows, Atombombpocketknife, Thumbnail, File 13 manager)
    Patrick Morris – Bass (Don Caballero, The Poison Arrows)
    Chris Wilson – Drums (Titus Andronicus, Ted Leo + Pharmacists, Hammered Hulls, Open City, Hound)

     Also with:
    Stephen Schmidt – Guitar (Thumbnail, Chino Horde)
    Adam Reach - Percussion, Keyboard (The Poison Arrows, Pink Avalanche)

    These guys have clearly been busy since the Acquaintances debut back in 2013 with their other bands, and now this File 13 family collaboration delivers.  Scattered in Chicago, Philly, and Portland, they are cashing in their frequent flyer miles for some shows as well.

     Album Release Shows:
    Thursday June 6th Bloomington IL @ Nightshop w/ WitchFeet
    Friday June 7th TBC
    Saturday June 8th Chicago IL @ The Empty Bottle w/ Gnarboyz

    File 13 is lining up all kinds of trickery for the 30th anniversary.  First was the release of FT94, Pink Avalanche’s album III last week, now FT95 Acquaintances 8 ½ Lives out May 31st.

  • FT94 - Pink Avalanche 'III' out April 19 2019!

    File 13 Records is fucking stoked to announce that 2019 is our 30th anniversary!  A label and artist collective since 1989, File 13 is headed toward it’s 100th release within the year as well.  We have a lot of schemes in the works to celebrate, many of which will be announced soon as we nail them down.  In the meantime please get ready for:

    FT94 - Pink Avalanche – III – Digital and Vinyl - April 19th

    Che Arthur rejoins the File 13 family with his first release with the label since playing guitar on Atombombpocketknife’s final LP, 2004’s Lack and Pattern.  As always, Pink Avalanche also includes drummer Adam Reach, a member of File 13’s The Poison Arrows and as well as a contributor to Acquaintances.

    Tour Dates:
    TH April 18 – Chicago – The Empty Bottle (Album Release Show)
    TU April 23 (Che Solo Acoustic) – Indianapolis – Indy CD and Vinyl
    TH April 25 (Che Solo Acoustic) – Jersey City – FM
    SA Spril 27 – NYC – Gold Sounds
    SU April 28 – Philadelphia – Ortlieb’s
    MO April 29 – Washington DC – DC9

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

    Order on Bandcamp

    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!!!


    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.” 


    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