In celebration of Soul Low’s farewell tour this week, Gloss Records put together a little greatest hits collection of one of our favorite MKE bands. Consider this The Official Gloss Records Unofficial Best of Soul Low. You’ll find all of your favorite hits from all three SL albums and three EPs. 13 solid tracks that showcase the group’s raucous, frenetic, jangly, jazzy, garage pop. They will be sorely missed. Stream below!
Alas, our beloved Soul Low boys are calling it a day. As a label, we have had the immense pleasure of working with them over 2 LPs, 1 EP and a collection of B-sides. The band will be playing two Milwaukee shows on 11/3 at Cactus Club (more info here) as part of a larger goodbye tour to celebrate almost a decade of their jittery jangle punk. In honor of their hometown sendoff, we are offering a limited-time bundle pack featuring their last two LPs Nosebleeds and Cheer Up alongside a cassette of either Sweet Pea or Bleedsides (as stock allows) ALL FOR $20. We are sad to see them go, all good things must come to an end. R.I.P. Soul Dads.
BUNDLE PACK INCLUDES:
“…the product of two years of relentless writing and rehearsal and more than a few false starts, and it bears little resemblance to the EP the band fired off in a fraction of the time. It’s a dense work, with songs that unfold as tumultuous suites. The band’s pop sensibilities are still intact—the surfy “Be Like You” may be the catchiest song they’ve ever written—but by and large Nosebleeds’ hooks take their time to reveal themselves. Balistrieri still sings in his usual seasick, fingernail-biting quaver, but he rarely plays his nervousness for laughs; instead, he’s singing about heartbreak, mortality, alienation and other indignities. There’s humor there, but it’s black and understated.” - Evan Rytlewski, Shepherd Express
2. Tied in Knots
3. Be Like You
4. Finger Bones
5. Ritalin Kids
1. You Know What You Do to Me
2. Let the Wind Blow
3. The Adulterer
4. Hard to Gage
“Soul Low has done an excellent job of tackling difficult themes in a humanizing, entertaining and unique way with ‘Cheer Up.’ Every member of the group brought their best work to the project, and ‘Nosebleeds’ into ‘Cheer Up’ is truly a spectacular two-album stretch. Whether themes of living with depression are relatable or not, this album is highly recommended for anyone, and will certainly not disappoint.” - Mitchell Kreitzman, 88.9 Radio Milwaukee
2. Bad Set of Moods
3. Propose to Me
4. Chancin' It
5. Could Be Nothing
1. Sad Boy Freestyle
2. Our New Deal
3. JD & Me
5. Cheer Up
BUNDLE WILL ALSO FEATURE EITHER SWEET PEA (CASSETTE) OR BLEEDSIDES (CASSETTE) DEPENDING ON WHAT IS AVAILABLE IN OUR STOCK
Here it is folks! The long-awaited third album from Milwaukee's Soup Moat, Harvester of Likes. It's been four years since the release of their sophomore Inspirations and the band has morphed quite a bit in the interim, not only sonically but with an expanded lineup. Soup Moat founders Frank Knaebe and Scott Emmerich enlisted guitarist Jason Jolly not long after Inspirations saw its release; Nate Riddle joining soon after for their split cassette with Iron Pizza in 2016. The then-solidified band reentered the studio later that year, spending the next two recording and mixing in the "Meat Locker" with Harrison Colby (NO/NO, Sex Scenes).
The finished product, Harvester, is Soup Moat at their heaviest and most melodic. The twin guitar attack, first explored on the split tape, is now fully matured and realized. Their signature buzzed-out bass and drums forms the thick foundation for not only a heavy dose of aggression but also melody. Their latest showcases their unique ability to blend Melvins-esque riffage with Green Day-like popcraft (Dookie-era of course).
With an ever-revolving cast of members, Nate Riddle left the band soon after Harvester was completed. Kevin DeMars of Volunteer, who recently joined the band, will be joining them at their release show for the album this friday at Cactus Club. Also performing is Gloss label-mates Sex Scenes, NYC's Tight Fright and Milwaukee's own Doubletruck. 9pm. $7 admission of $10 admission w/ cassette.
STREAM THE ALBUM BELOW AND PURCHASE THE CASSETTE THROUGH OUR ONLINE STORE!
Lorde Fredd33 just dropped the follow-up to his 2016 debut LP, Dead Man's View, today on bandcamp! The new album NORF: The Legend of Hotboy Ronald features 15 new tracks and guest appearance from Zed Kenzo, WebsterX, Kane and Lex Allen. The new album follows in the dark footsteps of DMV with an expanded gospel-esque influence and introspective lyricism. An iconic voice and sound behind an equally iconic album cover, NORF will definitely please fans of Fredd33's satanic experimental hip-hop.
Milwaukee Record made the official announcement today: "On Saturday, May 19, seminal Milwaukee band The Delphines will reunite for a one-night only show at Mad Planet. The previously hinted-at headlining performance will be part of Gloss Records’ third annual Gloss Weekend, May 17-20 at Linneman’s, High Dive, Club Timbuktu, and Mad Planet. Also, The Delphines ruled/rule, and this will be great."
The Delphines were one of Milwaukee’s most notated and growing bands of the early 2010s. Receiving national and international blog coverage and acclaim for its string of EPs and singles. The group is recognized as a prominent albeit short-lived band of the Milwaukee music scene, landing their 2012 EP, God Help the Delphines, and 2014 album, Hush, in many of the city's music publication’s year end lists.
After the exit of singer Jami Eaton in 2014, the remaining three band members, founded G|L|O|S|S Records in order to put out the band's last album, Hush. Along with the help of Rio Turbo/Platinum Boys member Joe Peterson, the label has since grown to include some of the most diverse and talented artists in Milwaukee. The remaining three band members went on to form the post-wave band NO/NO.
Watch the promo video for the reunion below!
On July 10th, Milwaukee’s seminal sludge punk band, Soup Moat, is releasing their third full-length album Harvester of Likes. Recorded in Meat Locker Studios over a two year period with Harrison Colby (NO/NO, Sex Scenes), the album is their most brutal, cohesive and melodically sound effort to date. Harvester also marks the first LP as a four-piece band, since trimming down to three. Throughout the album, the dual-guitar attack of Jason Jolly and Nate Riddle provide an all-new wall of terror, built on the strong rhythm foundation of Soup Moat veterans Frank Knaebe (Bass) and Scott Emmerich (Drums). The album will be released on cassette and digital download through Gloss Records.
Check out the first official single, "Navel Gaze."
Gloss Records has announced the third year of its beloved local music festival, Gloss Weekend, May 17-20, 2018, featuring live performances by the record label’s top talent. Between Friday and Sunday, a total of 15 performances will be hosted at several establishments throughout the Riverwest neighborhood, including Linneman’s, Mad Planet, Club Timbuktu and High Dive. A public after-party will take place on Sunday evening at High Dive, closing out the weekend-long celebration with final acts, and food and drink specials.
Special features of this year’s festival include guest DJs Dripsweat, Luxi, and Luvseat, discounted Gloss Records merchandise, including exclusive vinyl and tapes; a ticketed raffle with prizes valued over $250; and a surprise reunion of one of Milwaukee’s most renowned bands of the 2010s.
Festival wristbands will be available for advance purchase starting today for a discounted price of $25. Individual showcase entry will be $10 and walk-up only. Wristbands give fest-goers admission to all weekend performances, including Sunday’s after-party, along with a free Gloss Weekend compilation tape featuring unreleased singles from several Gloss artists. Wristbands are available for purchase through our online store or available for purchase and pickup at High Dive, 701 E. Center St. Milwaukee, WI 53212.
HERE IS THE OFFICIAL LINEUP!
Thursday, May 17: Linneman’s
Friday, May 18: Club Timbuktu
Saturday, May 19: High Dive
Saturday, May 19: Mad Planet
Sunday, May 20: High Dive (After-Party)
Gnarly Davidson (Kansas)
Tomorrow morning, (ORB) release the follow-up to their 2015 debut, Inside Voices. Bed of Nails, out 10/27 is somewhat of a departure from the larger-than-life, prog-punk stylings of the band's first album. The twosome dial it back on the upcoming Nails; leaning more towards the "punk" than the "prog." According to the Milwaukee/Chicago duo of Jeff Graupner and Henry Chern, it’s also something of a look back: “The album is a much more minimal and elemental approach than our last album,” Graupner says, “a certain harkening back to our old Terrior Bute roots, tales from a rotten and dying world.”
Gloss is dropping another track from Bed of Nails today in anticipation of the album's release tomorrow. Get ready for the release show on 11/1 with The Hecks and Erica Eso.
IN CASE YOU MISSED THE PREVIOUS SINGLE/VIDEO, CHECK OUT "WORSE THAN IT WAS."
IT'S HERE!!! The follow-up to NO/NO's Sound and Light is available now through our online store and bandcamp. We are very proud to be releasing the band's conceptual foray into cellphones, online dating, FOMO, partying, texting, and Global Positioning Satellite. Sounds heavy-handed? Not at all. It is still the same NO/NO you know and love. The record contains some of their best songwriting to date. You can grab it here!
Milwaukee's NO/NO return with the follow-up to last year's album Sound and Light. The new EP, entitled Twentysomethings, is a loose concept record about communication, or lack thereof, in 2017: social media, cellphones, dating apps, etc. Throughout the record, the band delivers 5 delicious apathetic pop nuggets that speak indirectly about getting wasted, partying, blind dating, texting and "FOMO." This release marks a first for the band by way of bringing in an outside producer. Synthwave wunderkind and Gloss Records labelmate Dashcam helms the mixing desk for these five pop jams, adding his signature Drive-esque production techniques to the band's already established Synthpop identity. Includes digital download. Pre-order the cassette here!
The EP will be released on 10/17 with a release show at Linneman's featuring Zed Kenzo, Dirty Dancing and a performance by producer Dashcam. You can stream the first two single "Twentysomethings" and "Take Out" below.
"Chancin' It," the second single from Milwaukee indie rock darlings, is out now via Post-Trash! The video by Chicago based filmmaker Ryan Ohm follows the boyos strolling their hometown running through the streets, playing a rock show, and actin' like dang goofballs. Check out the video below & pre-order the new record on limited edition pink vinyl. You can also peep tour dates for Soul Low's Minivan Party Rock Tour. Advanced copies of the new record will be available at each show ;)
MINIVAN PARTY ROCK TOUR
7/1 - The Mutiny (Chicago, IL)
7/2 - Shakespeare's (Kalamazoo, MI)
7/3 - Mahall's (Cleveland, OH)
7/4 - Bssy Girl (Columbus, OH)
7/6 - Nach Bar (Louisville, KY)
7/7 - Planet Zero (Fort Smith, AR)
7/8 - Unkempt Beaver (OKC, OK)
7/9 - Kirby's Beer Store (Wichita, KS)
Today we're honored to release the debut works from two incredible Milwaukee artists: stoner-rockers Moon Rats & visual artist Alex Scott. BOTH RELEASES ARE MARKED AT LIMITED QUANTITY. GET 'EM WHILE YOU CAN.
Alex Scott's "The People" marks not only the debut print release for Gloss Records, but also the debut of writer/illustrator Alex Scott. "The People" is a fluid story that is both easily relatable and enjoyable from people in and out of the Milwaukee music scene. Featuring depictions of Gloss artist D'Amato as well as Milwaukee band Sista Strings. 18 pages of gorgeous illustrations as well as self-reflective narrative by a Riverwest local. Alex Scott is our Frank Miller.
Purchase Alex Scott's comic "The People"
Release show RSVP
A collection of Milwaukee music-scene veterans have formed a new band, MOON RATS, and are stoked to announce the release of their debut album, HIGHWAY LORD. The band itself is an amalgamation of musicians from bands (Calliope, The Rashita Joneses, Sonic J, Myles Coyne) whose styles range wildly from folk to psych and stoner rock.
Today Breaking 'N Entering premiered Milwaukee punk outfit Sex Scenes' debut EP! Clocking in at just six minutes, the five song release packs an unrelenting punch.
Breaking 'N Entering writes, "Sex Scenes’ sophomore release, “Swallow” is everything that made punk records of a different generation great in one spot. Fueled on raw energy, the band blazes through five songs at breakneck speed, with a style that feels like it could come unglued in a moment."
June 20th – Brooklyn, NY – Tender Tap
June 21st – Washington, DC – Cat Bus
June 23rd – St. Louis, MO – CBGB
June 24th – Chicago, IL – Club Soda
June 25th – Milwaukee, WI – High Dive
Today The Obelisk shares the first single from Milwaukee stoner-rockers MOON RATS! The Obelisk is already raving that "Highway Lord," the DEBUT album from the band, is one of "the best debut albums of 2017."
MOON RATS will play an album release show at Cactus Club on June 27.
"Highway Lord" is out June 23 on Gloss Records.
That's right! We're releasing a dang comic from Riverwest visual artist Alex Scott entitled "The People." This release marks not only the debut print release for Gloss Records, but also the debut of writer/illustrator Alex Scott. "The People" is a fluid story that is both easily relatable and enjoyable from people in and out of the Milwaukee music scene. Featuring depictions of Gloss artist D'Amato as well as Milwaukee band Sista Strings. 18 pages of gorgeous illustrations as well as self-reflective narrative by a Riverwest local. Alex Scott is our Frank Miller.
Gloss Records is proud to be releasing the debut from Milwaukee hardcore band Sex Scenes. The "Swallow" EP is 5 songs of blistering punky grime that accurately capture the band's terrorizing live shows. Throughout the chaotic 6 minutes, Sex Scenes wears their 80's hardcore influences on their sleeve while also veering off-road into more noisey territories. It's loud. It's obnoxious. It's Sex Scenes.
6/14 @ Mickey's (Madison, WI)
6/15 @ State St. Pub (Indianapolis, IN)
6/16 @ Junkers (Cincinnati, OH)
6/17 @ Used Kids Records (Columbus, OH)
6/18 @ Happy Dog (Cleveland, OH)
6/19 @ Pharmacy (Philadelphia, PA)
6/20 @ Tender Trap (Brooklyn, NY)
6/21 @ Cat Bus (Washington, DC)
6/23 @ CBGB (St. Louis, MO)
6/24 @ TBA (Chicago, IL)
6/25 **TWO MILWAUKEE RELEASE SHOWS**
@ Ground Zero (Early all ages)
@ High Dive (Late 21+)
We're just a few days out from our second anniversary party, Gloss Weekend 2! Ahead of our May 19th kick-off at Cactus Club, Milwaukee Record has the exclusive stream of our Gloss Weekend audio accompaniment!
Hear SEVEN NEW SONGS from Soul Low, NO/NO, Hello Death, Iron Pizza, Marielle Allschwang, Sex Scenes, and Soup Moat!
The compilation is also available as a cassette tape and comes FREE with every Gloss Weekend 2 weekend wristband, available in our store.
See you all this weekend!!