just a quick update from the depths of the TBSR HQ this time. Spring is finally here, time to buy some punk records and go see punk bands play. We have it all…
SURPRISE 033 | CHEMICALS – FOR REAL, FOR LIFE, FOREVER, OR WHATEVER LP
Finally here, second longplayer by these Portland garagepunk stalwarts!
“For people who’ve invested a lot of time and energy mapping the vast, complicated genome of the local punk community, Portland’s Chemicals are something of a supergroup. Comprising members of Cyclops, Triggers, Sleepwalkers, RIP and Straitjacket—among countless others—the band plays loose-limbed garage punk, free of frills but not without surprises: Check out “No Reason to Stay,” from recently released second album For Real, For Life, Forever or Whatever, with its basically two songs, with two different tempos, ingeniously fused together by a ripping bass solo. It’s powerful stuff, sounding like the product of lifers who’ve been around the dirty, trash-strewn block a few times.” – Willamette Week
Stream the whole album here:
Single copies are 15 EUROS ppd. anywhere on the planet. Send your cash to firstname.lastname@example.org via PayPal please.
Stores, mailorders, distros, popsicle stands write to email@example.com for trades and wholesale inquiries.
Next up are:
CHEMICALS / P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. split 7″
2x PDX punk, all killer, no filler, 4 tracks total.
CHEMICALS – CHEMICAL LIVIN’ LP
repress of 1st LP feat. RED DONS members in the band.
BIG EYES second LP
Seattle sweethearts, coming over to Europe in the fall.
NIGHT BIRDS – BORN TO DIE IN SUBURBIA LP
new LP by the best East Coast band, back in Europe in the fall.
LONG KNIFE debut LP
new PDX band doing the POISON IDEA worship.
AUTISTIC YOUTH 3rd LP
back for the attack again, better than ever.
and then some… more cool shit is in the works.
SUSPECT PARTS GERMAN INVASION
14.03. Köln – Sonic Ballroom
15.03. Duisburg – secret show… watch out for flyers or bar gossip in the area
RED DONS UK VACATION
27.03. London – The Shacklewell Arms
28.03. Leeds – Wharf Chambers
29.03. Manchester – TBA
CHEMICALS EURO TOUR 2013
03.04.2013 D-Berlin – Cortina Bob
04.04.2013 D-Hamburg – Komet
05.04.2013 NL-Amsterdam – Pacific Parc
06.04.2013 B-Kortrijk – The Pits
07.04.2013 UK-London – Ryan’s Bar
08.04.2013 UK-High Wycombe – Scorpios Bar
09.04.2013 F-Paris – La Mecanique Ondulatoire
10.04.2013 D-Freiburg – Slow Club
11.04.2013 D-Tübingen – Laden am Sternplatz
12.04.2013 D-München – Kafe Kult
13.04.2013 D-Dresden – Chemiefabrik
14.04.2013 U-Budapest – Trafik Klub
15.04.2013 A-Wien – Arena Beisl
16.04.2013 HR-Zagreb – Grey Room
17.04.2013 I-Bologna – Freakout
18.04.2013 I-Fidenza – Taun
19.04.2013 CH-Basel – Hirscheneck
20.04.2013 D-Nürnberg – Desi – KEEP IT EVIL FEST
21.04.2013 D-Leipzig – Zoro
The distro is jam packed full with great records, shirts and zines. Peep it at www.takenbysurprise.net/shop and then order some stuff, so I can release more new stuff. Pretty simple, right?
I’ll bring the distro to all the shows mentioned above, so if you wanna save some postage money let me know beforehand and I can bring your order to town and you can also buy me a beer. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details beforehand and we’ll make it happen…
We deal direct, email to email@example.com for a complete wholesale list, including records from some other great labels like SABOTAGE, GRAVE MISTAKE, etc.
You can also get our records from the the nice people at:
DAY AFTER RECORDS (Czech Republic)
SOUNDS OF SUBTERRANIA (Germany)
PUNK DISTRO (Germany)
CARGO RECORDS (Germany)
SONIC RENDEZVOUS (Benelux)
That’s it for now. Thanks to all the friends, old and new, that keep supporting this operation, I couldn’t do it without your help.
Hope you’re having a great springtime start. Listen to more Springsteen and quit your stupid job.