Split Singles. Double Joy! This is number 14 in the LAMC series of split 7″s from Famous Class records, a series in loving memory of Ariel Panero (for more info go to http://www.famousclass.com/lamc-series/ ). The series has featured bands and artists like Ty Segall, White Fence, Lower Dens and Parquet Courts. The premise being they ask a band to supply an unreleased song for the A-side and also ask the band to pick their favourite emerging artist for the B-side.
I picked this single up because of the presence of Speedy Ortiz who’s previous records I’ve loved. Side A features a new Speedy Ortiz song called Doomsday, a gloomy title and a slightly gloomy song with Sadie’s voice acting as a sweetener over slow churning guitar parts. The pace of this song is a lot slower than the majority of their debut Album Major Arcana and lacks the fizz and spark of their recent Real Hair EP. There’s still plenty of fuzz on the guitars and they offset the bittersweet vocals perfectly creating a feeling of foreboding but a sense that it’s all gonna end ok (can Doomsday end ok?). I suspect live this will become a much heavier song but on this 7″ it’s beautiful.
Chris Weisman is a new name to me and I knew within ten seconds of the needle landing that this song was right up my street. I Took it of a Record is perfectly gentle. The guitar strums and flows along and Chris sings softly like he’s scared of waking up whoever is asleep in the same room. It’s over before you know it and the final refrain of “I took it off a record, or at least I tried” suggests the singer is never quite certain he achieved what he was trying to but he was perfectly content trying anyway. Perfectly content sums this song up nicely.
- Label – Famous Class
- Released – 7th Oct 2014
- 7″ Available in 3 editions (200 x Purple and Yellow Splatter vinyl, 300 x Purple vinyl and Standar Black vinyl)
- Available as a name your price download over at https://famousclass.bandcamp.com/album/lamc-14
- Proceeds go to the Ariel Panero Memorial Fund at VH1 Save the Music
- Famous Class say “We do the special coloured vinyl for fun’s sake and it’s no fun to see it on ebay for $50”