Coming into sight for the month of March, we see the return of Brant Duncan’s Carolina musical troop, known as “The Haunted Head”. Their latest production, a song titled “Come Home” surely encompasses everything you’ve come to know and appreciate about the band’s somber side.
Stream and share “Come Home” by the Haunted Head and support your favorite local artists, near and far this Friday (March 5th) by participating in this year’s second Bandcamp Friday.
Also seeing light today for the first time in over twenty years, is a collection of four-track recordings by Duncan’s former associates, Unabnormal, a 90s-era Clemson/Athens band fronted by Georgolina’s own concierge of portastudio saturation, Thom Strickland, who claims that the cassette tape was just recently re-discovered, under his bed.
The collection is called Diving Bell/Wishing Well, and along with a growing assortment of other titles, is out now, courtesy of Stickland’s “Brown Paper” record label, that isn’t.
Psych-trippers and all-around-down to hang out in your garage, The Humms have just released a brand-new video for their song titled Blue Bite and let me be the first to say that I’m not sure what to make of the song, much less the video.
The tune comes from their Vampire Hours album, released on vinyl by Gypsy Farm last fall and the “M.A.S.H. on acid” type atmosphere within this accompanying video is reminiscent of my long lost youth, attempting to fine-tune our television antenna that stretched up beyond the heavens.
The headache induced by this music video is not unlike that old picture on our beloved Zenith set.
But alas, this video showcases the band’s ever-widening, multi-genre court of noise, to be polite. It was produced by Gypsy Farm subsidiary, Parkertown productions.
NPR’s John Slights says “It’s not everyday an album containing psychedelic folk, sludge rock, and 60’s style surf rock inspired tunes comes along, but ‘Vampire Hours’ is exactly that. In many ways, it’s a throwback album that still manages to look to the future.” – (Athens News Matters)
Watch and share The Humms – Blue Bite music video on YouTube.
Long-time correspondent and GF recording artist, Garett Hatch (Mother The Car, Nate & The Nightmares, Ancient Ethel) delighted us earlier this year with the sudden release of his first solo album, “Place Without a Name” conceived, written and recorded while under quarantine in Asheville.
(TOP) Garett Hatch. Photo 2020 by Maddie Kendrick.
“Hatch’s first official solo effort, titled “Place Without A Name” showcases a range of different styles and features the piano-wizardry of Mark Plemmons among several other musical guests. The album is set to be an enjoyable experience for the listener.” –Plez Jay
Then, Hatch surprised everyone with an immediate follow up, titled “Home” and it’s packed with supreme musical guests Annie Leeth, Casey Trivett and Stephen Britt, featuring artwork by Michelle Kaiser.
Garett Hatch’s “Home” is due out Oct 20th, stream and share the album via bandcamp:
We are pleased to have been involved earlier this year with the solo release of guitarist and known slugger, J.R. Fisher and the release of his song Vacation.
Fisher, who plays guitar with Ohio hard knockers, Unchipped, is also head-barker over at local Columbus record label, We Used To Drink Together Records and was instrumental in working with GF way back in January on the task of producing this limited run cassette release of their self-titled debut album.
“Today I received a box of Unchipped cassettes. This tape is a totally different mix and master than what you have heard so far, mixed by Zac Szymusiak at Weird Music Studios, and mastered by Zeke Sayer at Gypsy Farm Records, including cover art by Naoya Kawakami, and photos taken by Skot Thompson and John Toohill.
– We Used To Drink Together Records via an official press release.
Earlier today, the cassette sector of Gypsy Farm released a statement claiming their machines are “fired up” and running momentarily to produce a “super short-run” follow up to 2018’s now out-of print compilation album, Rock and Raw.
The first volume was an even shorter-run tape release, only circulated privately among the bands involved and friends.
Rock and Raw: Vol. 2 is packed with past and current artists of the label roster and comes loaded with the newest single out from the Humms unreleased album, Vampire Hours.
Opening with Bat & The Bears – “Kromp”, an urgent breakbeat style of composition brushed with samples of old gospel choir recordings.
That segues delightfully into the raunchy sludge of distortion that is The Honey Sliders tune “Fucking And Fighting”. This mixtape is sure to liven up the cooler-conversation if played in the workplace.
Vol. 2 is currently unavailable on streaming platforms and may only be purchased via our GF HOTLINE (706-356-5638), email or messaging our social media profiles.
Side A: Kromp – Bat & The Bears Fucking and Fighting – The Honey Sliders Perfect Day – Pine Tar Rage W.I.P. – Richie
Side B: Natural – The Haunted Head Wagon Yard – Shoal Creek Stranglers The Leaking Man – Old Smokey I Hung Myself – Uncle Goo Merry Days – The Humms Recall – The Ice Creams
In other GF related news, we are excited to finally see the release of Ancient Whales: Live at Adult Swim this Friday (May 29th) where ever good music is streamed!
Pre-orders are now up for Ancient Whales: Live at Adult Swim via the GFR bandcamp. Originally recorded at Adult Swim HQ in Atlanta, GA for broadcast in 2018, the band then consisted of Enoch (guitar) and Natalie (bass) both sharing vocal duties, backed by the dual drum-team of Scott (TS) Woodward and Bryan (BP) Poole, respectfully.
“Live at Adult Swim” drops on May 29th wherever good music is streamed!
Also sneaking out from the ether during this strange time is the first material in two years to be released from Clemson, SC’s cow-punk stewards, Pine Tar Rage. The song titled “Perfect Day” recalls the adventures of an individual from pre-sunrise and climaxes into all the fixings of the perfect day. Fans of PTR will immediately notice that the song is a somewhat departure in sound comparatively to their past recordings, but nothing unfamiliar to long time patrons of the band’s live set.
Singer songwriter, Ed Campbell trades in his usual high-gain mesa/boogie for a more reserved guitar-tone that is only complimented by Brant Duncan’s slippery-slide guitar leads, reminiscent of early Flaming Lips with Ronald Jones.
Both elements are meld together by the retro country-shuffle rhythm section of Jeff Barrett (bass, vocals) and Zeke Sayer (drums, vocals).
Meanwhile, back in March, we saw this interesting piece of sonic-syrup take forum within the laboratories of Gypsy Farm by a specimen known only as “RICHIE”.
The near six-minute raver is called “W.I.P” and was received with this press release:
“In 1973, the fabric of time was ripped open and from that gaping hole emerged a being that would be known only as ‘Richie’. He deserved no last name but in him the fire remained to make you move yo’ ass and make you smile and laugh. Richie didn’t have no Daddy, only Mama. She taught him superstitions and lived a life full of drama. But she sang and loved sincerely. She gave him music and he loved it dearly. The magic in the songs is all that’s kept him moving along. Up, down, sideways, bringing it honest and strong.”
We recommend this tune garnished with a sub-woofer or synced into your morning run.
Fronted by James Fisher who first hit our radar on solo tours throughout the United States performing with acts such as “Hookers Made Out Of Cocaine”, metal band “Unchipped”, Fisher also co-founded the label We Used To Drink Together Records.
“Vacation” is a selection (featuring Country Death on piano) plucked from the bunch that showcases J.R.’s ever manic songwriting style as he belts:
“There’s blood on the porch but I don’t know whose. There’s blood on my shoes but I can’t remember where I was coming from when I came home last night”
Clemson, SC’s alternative project titled “The Haunted Head” remained mostly quiet throughout the summer after releasing a dreamy waltz tune titled “Trembling Rose” back in the chilly month of February.
Today the band, headed by Brant Duncan (The Elegance, Pine Tar Rage) has announced the premiere of a new song, simply called “Natural”.
In a somewhat stark change of timbre from their previous efforts, “Natural” greets the listener with a heavier sound and firm tempo that fans of Crazy Horse will appreciate while Duncan’s unique voice hovers near the point of subconsciousness.
Accompanying the new song is a video directed by WJAY. Stream and share “Natural” via youtube and bandcamp links below.
Content with identifying as perhaps the strangest-mistake currently signed to Gypsy Farm, the experimental-act known as “Bat And The Bears” celebrates it’s first official year of existence having released an EP [Wool Wearing Wolf] last July and being referred to as “Gothic-Karaoke”.
Following a live performance last Saturday night in Athens, GA the project released a new single called “Tight Fit” recorded at Gypsy Farm in the fall of 2017 before the label cut funding.
Watch and share the official music video for “Tight Fit” by Bat & The Bears :
GF received a Memphis-Morning-Message informing that our sweet sister Erica Qualy (The VIGNETTES, Objectum Sexuals) has once again put together something fierce. We find a group, titled “FREDD VELVET” and they’ve wasted no time in recording and releasing a self-titled EP over a two-day period with the help of Hartle Road.
The band’s first release comes as an endearing sludge of steady-beat, neon-lit punk rock with plenty of auxiliary sounds which clang and tang to haunted organs that hover amid a well executed union of brass and axes. This 5-song EP hosts a collection of tracks that range from the comatose march of “Green Eyes” to the suggestive nature of “I Want To Look At My Rocks“. Clocking out right at around 10-minutes, the EP promises to be a pleasurable experience to all those familiar with the legendary history between Memphis, TN and independent punk rock music.