Happy holidays, all, hope you get through them okay. I know this can be a strange time of year for a number of you, myself included. Happy to be here to share some mighty fine recent news in the land of Volar.
Marc Riley, one of the originally songwriters in the Fall, has a BBC 6 show, and just last week discovered the debut 7" by Flat Worms on Volar. He says some very kind words here about the nine-minute mark, played them again the next day, and then included them in his best of 2016 show this past Monday. We're down to the last few of our black vinyl copies.
Also this past week, Pitchfork put out its list of the Best Underground Garage Punk Albums of 2016 and was nice enough to include the debut LP by Irish power-poppers Oh Boland, Spilt Milk.
The great fella at Yellow Green Red also recently reviewed the album, saying, "Oh Boland Spilt Milk LP (Volar)
Coming from the sleepy municipality of Tuam, Ireland, Oh Boland are disturbing the neighbors with their raucous, affable form of poppy garage-punk. This is their first piece of vinyl, and it’s a nice summation of a lot of what’s good about melodic punk in the late 2010s. Think Eddy Current’s catchy harmlessness, The Marked Men’s slick upcycling of the Good Vibrations Records catalog, and Ty Segall’s breezy riffs and fuzzed vocals. Oh Boland do a fine job of tailoring it together to suit their needs, confident in a post-Burger Records world and acting as Irish ambassadors to all the more popular bands from more popular countries that make their way through (Oh Boland have opened for Sheer Mag, Protomartyr and Speedy Ortiz if their one-sheet is to be trusted). I didn’t pick up any super-sized hooks on Spilt Milk, and the vocals are often a little too distorted to really stick to my ribs, but they’ve got a good foundation to work from. Worth peeping, particularly if you’ve wanted to hear a garage-y power-pop band authentically sing the word “garage” as though it rhymes with “carriage” – that always hits the spot for me."
The folks at Maximum Rock n Roll also recently reviewed the LP, with some very fine words for the band.
The great debut LP by Susan, Never Enough, also just landed on Dirty Laundry TV's List of the Best Albums of 2016. We still have some limited blue copies available for $12.
Last but certainly not least, San Diego punker trio, and old dear friends of mine, Teach Me, had their 7" included on ListenSD Under the Radar's best releases of the year. Bassist/vocalist Jeremy Rojas and drummer Drew Montoya are responsible for the first-ever release on Volar, the Beaters "Fishage" single, as well as their debut LP and a follow-up 7" later and Ale Mania's debut 7" and LP. Guitar player Tommy Garcia is also in Mrs. Magician and Lowlands. Limited red copies of the 7" are still available for $5.
That's for now until after the new year, when we'll be able to announce more dates for the Matt Lamkin (of the Soft Pack) and Silver Shadows tour in anticipation of their debut LPs out later next month.