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ExGold - "E-X-E-P-1-4"
"…this is an exceptionally entertaining, zero bullshit, rollercoaster ride of a near-quarter hour of punk rock. E-X-E-P-1-4 (fittingly titled, considering the refreshing lack of affectation I find to be a trait of many Knoxvillians) moves at an incredible pace, but I have a feeling that even if it were double its length there still would not be a boring moment. There are head-bobbing guitar antics (“Red Light”), noise breaks (“I’m a Man”), and manically fast vocal trade-offs (“People Talkin”) crammed into songs that range from one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half minutes. The songwriting never feels too busy, though; at their roots, these are just super catchy, fun songs that bring attention to what could be mundane moments of life. Chris Rusk and Sam Stratton (who both also play in Royal Bangs) sing and yell about getting drunk (“Red Light”), the suffocation of social media (“Red Lite”), and whatever else pops into their heads, but they make you feel like it’s all something to care about. And they do so while dropping riff after riff. Ross Stansberry (bass, now covered by Kelsey Tanner) and Zach Gilleran (drums) give the band its rhythmic backbone, maintaining the frantic pace of the album with seeming ease. Ex-Gold is a band that you should most certainly see live, but this EP does the songs justice and translates the manic energy that they give off onstage.” — Nathan Springer, Post Trash
STRIPE-004 (09.21.18): Vinyl $15 / Download $7
Listen and buy now: https://exgold.bandcamp.com/releases
Bark - "Year of the Dog"
"... it became apparent from the outset that if the Tim Lee 3 is a shiny vintage Camaro IROC-Z, painted bright and buffed out, then Bark is a ’71 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda, painted matte black with a few Bondo spots on the bumper but with a completely restored engine growling beneath the hood. Year of the Dog kicks off with the righteous swagger of “Miss Me,” the two instruments rattling off of one another with as syncopated orneriness that’s the sound of a snarl set to rock ‘n’ roll; a couple of songs later, they’re crawling along the side of the highway like an overheated copperhead on Mississippi blacktop, a steady-and-deadly meander toward an uncertain fate." – Steve Wildsmith, The Daily Times Weekend section
STRIPE-008 (10.06.17): Vinyl $15 / CD $10 / Download $7
Listen and buy now: https://bark-bark-loud.bandcamp.com/
Faux Ferocious - "Cloning the Rubicon"
Cloning the Rubicon is an album pulled from two short run, cassette-only EPs. Both released in 2015, Blues Legends (Burger Records) and Faux Ferocious (Infinity Cat Records) constituted a kind of soft debut. The two EPs used a range of recording techniques that spanned from four-track cassette machine to full studio, bridging generations of sounds. A collaboration with Striped Light Records led to the creation of their LP, Cloning the Rubicon, the culmination of those Faux Ferocious works, featuring hand made jacket printed at Striped Light Letterpress.
STRIPE-006 (10.21.16): Vinyl $15
Listen and buy now: https://fauxferocious.bandcamp.com/
Shriek Operator - "The God Who Answers By Fire"
"Shriek Operator is notable for its complex, lyrically focused songs, Alan’s 32nd-note finger-style and three-octave vocal range, and his sister Joanna’s close harmonies sung in a pure tenor. These elements are violated by glass-breaking shrieks and shocking, guttural maledictions." ––Charles Pabst
"Beautiful harmonies . . . I liked everything but the last song, it was abrasive, you know?" ––Josephine Foster
STRIPE-003 (08.27.16): Vinyl $20 / Download $10
Listen and buy now : http://shriekoperator.bandcamp.com
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.
STRIPE-002 (10.29.15): Vinyl $10 / Download $7
Listen and buy now : http://whitegregg.bandcamp.com
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-001 (08.02.13): Vinyl $10 / Download $7
Listen and buy now : http://daddydont.bandcamp.com