IT’S FINALLY HERE (sort of)! HSAL #43, the new EP from Richmond’s Opin, is now available for stream & download via Bandcamp (NOTE: Other streaming outlets will begin carrying the EP very shortly). We have received word that the physical copy (one-sided 12″ cut into clear wax) will be delayed by a few weeks, but anticipate shipping copies out around Mother’s Day. All purchases (digital & physical) include a pair of additional tracks that the band cut up in Philly with Jeff Zeigler during the sessions for “Drifters“.
Recently, Landis & Tori connected with The All Scene Eye for an in-depth chat around the maturity curve of the band, how songs translate live, & what influenced the assembly of “Drifters“. Read all about it here!
Opin will be hitting the road in support of HSAL #43 this spring. Keep up with their dates, as well as the entire HSAL roster on our live performances page!
HSAL #43: Opin, “Drifters” EP ** RELEASES 04/20/2018 **
The musical output of frontman Landis Wine was one of the embers that stoked HSAL into existence back in 2009. The label blossomed & matured alongside of Wine’s White Laces (The relationship birthed two small run cassettes & a special edition of their first EP). Fast forward to 2018…Wine’s new project, Opin, was seeking out a new home for a new collection of tunes tracked up in Philadelphia at Jeff Zeigler‘s Uniform Recording the previous summer.
Fresh off the heels of their impressive debut (2017’s self-titled LP on RVA’s Egghunt), Landis Wine & Tori Hovater have returned with a stable lineup & a potent, focused batch of jams, including their take on a traditional Japanese festival tune, “Shinzo No Tobira“. We had a small run of one-sided 12” records lathe cut into clear wax. The band will have these on their spring & summer dates while supplies last.
AVAILABILITY: Clear One-Sided 12″, DIG
ARTWORK: courtesy of Julia Brouard
DOWNLOAD: HSAL bandcamp
Mauch‘s been solidifying his rig for the past several months, parcing out “neat gadgets” from the “gear that takes my set to the next level”. With a smaller footprint & bigger sound, Ben is starting down the path to new sounds. Rumor has him branching out later this year with a new tape (more details as they surface). In the meantime, check this new piece, “Digital Burden” that was just leaked via Soundcloud. #therealchill
honeybrandy was part a wonderful evening of “out” sounds in Richmond last week. Hosted by “the Colloquial Orchestra” & organized by Cherub Records‘ PJ Sykes, the bill also included Amplifier On Fire, Lunar (who are really great!) & a Sykes’ led “house band” that recently supported Jandek at his RVA tour stop.
Joey & Nathan were able to capture their set with some lo-fi gear (thanks to Ben Mauch for manning the “record” button). You can stream the entire set over at our soundcloud page.
HSAL #17: white laces / the snowy owls split 10″ EP $15 PPD
*this is the second of our split 10″ series. the idea is to feature one of our own on the A side, with a friend of the label holding down the B side.*
this RVA centric release showcases some of the finest tunes from the current live set of white laces. the lead single, “hands in mexico”, was leaked online & taken to by just about every hip east coast blog. the rest of the A side leans towards new potential for the four piece. capital city up & comers the snowy owls turn in their own super hot single (“could”, featuring a killer boy/girl call & response chorus), as well as three other scorchers from their live set, which has been earning the group great shows around the mid-atlantic for nearly a year.
AVAILABILITY: marbled brown vinyl + digital download, limited run of 100
ARTWORK: jacket courtesy of HSAL, insert courtesy of the artists
HSAL 09: White Laces, “White Laces” $5 PPD
“white laces” represents the first hard copies of landis wine’s output since the disbanding of richmond’s cinemasophia. where that group focus on darker energies & tightly wound instrumentation, wine’s new material seems more at peace with it’s own skin. think of it as a dirtied up 21st century take on mid 90’s guitar rock. everything is turned up to 11 with wine’s voice channeling a young bob pollard. NOTE: c20 contains exclusive material not available for download on the b side!
AVAILABILITY: orange tint c20 + digital download, limited run of 100
ARTWORK: courtesy of white laces