STRIPED LIGHT RECORDS
Our recordings division will assist in the documentation of some of our favorite Knoxville musicians and sound artists. A thoughtful and sustained base for vinyl record releases, artistic tie-ins with our print shop, promotion, and inspiring activities.
Records are available for sale at Striped Light, Hot Horse Records, from the bands on the street, and soon on our online store.
STRIPE-001 : Daddy Don't - s/t
Knoxville duo (plus bubbles) features Charice Starr, Maggie Brannon, (and Brad Fowler) "...drum/guitar duo sings songs that are sweet on the outside but tough and prickly at their core . Equally pop and punk minded storytellers, Daddy Don't have a wicked sense of humor but also a song or two in their arsenal that, if you're feeling particularly vulnerable that day, might make you tear up." - aptly put by Eric Dawson in Art Knoxville.
STRIPE-002: White Gregg - "Nice Spread"
A balancing act between high-tension, wild composition and damaged rock & roll. Comprised of some of Knoxville's longest serving experimental / post-rock musicians, White Gregg is : Eric Lee (Idle Hands / Dark Logik / Double Muslims)- guitar; Tyler Mucklow (Woman / Divorce / Maxi & The Pads)- guitar; Maggie Brannon (Divorce / The Sniff) - vocals; Damion Huntoon (Woman)- bass guitar; Jason Boardman (Or / Dark Logik / Double Muslims) - drums. Their long awaited LP "Nice Spread", recorded by Scott Minor in 2013, presents some of the earliest work of this inspired and challenging rock band.
(available July 2015)
STRIPE-003: Shriek Operator - "The God Who Answers By Fire"
“Tennessee four-piece Shriek Operator was started in 2012 by siblings Alan and Joanna Bajandas, who later recruited Knoxville’s Joshua Wright on contrabass and Texan Zechariah Young on voice, brass, and intonarumora (an Italian-futurist noise instrument of the 1910s). Seen live, the band is notable for its intensely wrought, lyrically focused songs; Alan’s 32nd-note finger-style and three-octave vocal range; and Joanna’s close harmonies sung in a pure tenor. All these elements swell and are violated by glass-breaking shrieks and shocking, guttural maledictions. The siblings’ Puerto Rican and flamenco influences are contorted by the South (where they live and were born) and by a well-earned delight in blasphemy: In Alan’s words, their ‘ass backwards metaphysics’ reflect the fact that their father was ‘an elder and minister in [the] Texas cult’ known as The Lord’s Recovery in which they were raised. It is clear that Diamanda Galás once sodomized Leonard Cohen in a meeting hall and that this was born.
On their record, these elements, and the songwriter/arranger's fanatic, self-loathing perfectionism, are given equal space and orders of magnitude more time in which to become elaborated: There is a sermon, a church choir, a 17-member brass band. . . ." ––Charles Pabst
"Beautiful harmonies . . . I liked everything but the last song, it was abrasive, you know?" ––Josephine Foster
(available Summer 2015)