Double Debut Release Day!

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"
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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.

Stream/purchase Moon Rats' "Highway Lord"
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DEBUT EP from Sex Scenes OUT NOW!

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."

Stream "Swallow" on Bandcamp
Purchase limited edition silver cassette

Tour Dates:
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

GLOSS WEEKEND 2: Full line-up announced + weekend tickets now available

Following a successful inaugural weekend-long event last spring to commemorate the cassette label’s first year in business, Gloss Records decided to bring “Gloss Weekend” back for a second year. From May 19-21, a total of 15 bands will play three shows, and the label will host a free Sunday night after party as well.

Today, Gloss put weekend passes on sale for what’s being billed as “Gloss Weekend 2” for $25. The passes—limited to just 100 wristbands—guarantee entry to all three shows (and $5 savings overall) and a free cassette compilation that features acts on Gloss’ roster. Here’s who’s playing.

Friday, May 19 at Cactus Club, 9 p.m.

The Fatty Acids
Rio Turbo
Sex Scenes
Marielle Allschwang

Saturday, May 20 at Jazz Gallery, 4 p.m. (all ages)

Soul Low
Lorde Fredd33
Soup Moat

Saturday, May 20 at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m.

Foreign Goods
Surgeons in Heat
Hello Death
Iron Pizza

Sunday, May 21 at High Dive (free after party), 9 p.m.

Gloss co-founders Harrison Colby and Joe Peterson spinning records

All Gloss cassettes will be marked down to $5 (from $6) and records will be $10 (usually $15). May 19 will also mark the release of NO/NO’s new EP, which will also be available for the reduced rate of $5. Last year’s weekend passes sold out, so act fast.

Marielle Allschwang “Aquarium” Video/LP Release Party

Marielle Allschwang’s voice has been described as “a timeless instrument, full of sadness, beauty, and independence, rooted in the fertile ground of Americana but twisted into the wilding sky of the avant-garde” (Matt Wild, Milwaukee Record). In her performances, she “[commands] the stage with hushed intensity” (Evan Rytlewski, Shepherd Express).

Gloss Records released Allschwang’s debut album, Dead Not Done, on cassette in 2015; it was featured on year-end “Best Albums of Milwaukee” lists by Milwaukee Record, Shepherd Express, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and lauded for its “Lynchian beauty and grace” (Matt Wild, Milwaukee Record).

Marielle Allschwang has teamed up with filmmaker/animator Heather Hass to produce a video for “Aquarium.” Combining esoteric, female-centric imagery, intricate set design, and obsessive rotoscope and cinemagraph techniques, Hass, Allschwang, and their team of collaborators are thrilled to present a strange and beautiful new creation at Anodyne on December 9th.

Last but not least, we welcome the epically talented Klassik as our special guest to open the show.

(Note: Vinyl is currently only available if you come to the show)