HMPH! Record Release Party @Harling’s Upstairs 2015/08/21

Haymaker Records and HMPH! invite you to the Vinyl Release Party for the album Headrush. The vinyl is now available for pre-order but this will be your first opportunity to hold a copy of the awesome random opaque 12-Inch vinyl. The show will be held at Harling’s Upstairs at 3941-A Main Street in Kansas City on Friday, August 21st, 2015 with support from Rhunes and Arc Flash. HMPH! will go on a short tour of the midwest following the release.

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HMPH! Release Party 08/21/15

HMPH! Release Party 08/21/15


Crossroads Music Fest 2015 – Haymaker Records & KC Psych Fest Stage

Haymaker Records and KC Psych Fest are pleased to announce a stage at the 2015 Crossroads Music Fest. A fundraiser for KKFI 90.1FM Kansas City community radio, the festival is on its 11th year and will be held on Saturday, September 12th, 2015 on 7 different stages in the Crossroads District.

The Haymaker Records / KC Psych Fest stage will be at MOD Art Gallery on 1809 McGee St. The lineup for the stage is as follows

6:00PM – DJ Mod Professor (Ray Velasquez psyched-out hearlucinations DJ Set)
7:00PM – Dark Satellites
8:00PM – Riala
9:00PM – Freight Train Rabbit Killer
10:00PM – The Philistines
11:00PM – Janet the Planet
12:00AM – 3 Son Green

Advanced tickets can be purchased from Crossroads Music Fest.

Crossroads Music Fest Facebook Event Page

Crossroads Music Festival

Crossroads Music Festival


2015-07-22 KKFI Wednesday Midday Medley w/ Haymaker Records & KC Psych Fest

On 2015-07-22 KKFI 90.1FM Wednesday Midday Medley‘s Mark Manning interviews Brenton Cook of Haymaker Records about the Haymaker Records Summer Showcase Party and Brenton Cook & Dedric Moore about the KC Psych Fest 2015-08-01 Riot Room show. Featured music includes tracks by Schwervon!, Riala, HMPH!, Be/Non, Jorge Arana Trio, Ancient River, Psychotic Reaction, and Mysterious Clouds.



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Be/Non – Moi Ou Toi 7-Inch

Moi Ou Toi was originally released by Be/Non with the help of Gary Wilkerson from Earwaxx Records and his newly created record label Curved Groove in 2011. The record store closed soon after and the 7-Inch records sat sleeveless in a box for 4 years. Haymaker worked with Steady Co. in Minneapolis, MN to print special edition color RISOgraph sleeves to give the old 7-Inch recordings a new look and see the light of day again. Limited to 350 copies on translucent gold vinyl. Includes digital download with a bonus track. The release date for this 7-Inch is July 24, 2015 release with first availability at the Haymaker Records Summer Showcase.


KC Psych Fest 2015/08/01 The Riot Room

KC Psych Fest 2015-08-01 The Riot Room

KC Psych Fest 2015-08-01 The Riot Room

KANSAS CITY, MO.KC Psych Fest kicks off its fourth year with a night of adventurous music on Aug. 1 at The Riot Room in Kansas City, MO. Co-sponsored by Haymaker Records, Mills Record Company, It’s a Beautiful Day, and Summer Moon Promotions, the show will feature performances by Ancient River, Mysterious Clouds, HMPH!, Psychotic Reaction, Drugs & Attics, and have a special DJ set by Mod Professor.

The 2015 KC Psych Fest will be spread across multiple dates in Kansas City in the late summer and fall with an emphasis on acts that excitingly venture outside of conventional music. More dates and appearances will be announced later. The mission of the festival is to present mind-expanding music from different music genres and provide a platform for Kansas City artists pushing the boundaries of music. This year’s festival continues to build on the positive experiences of the previous three years.

The Aug. 1 show is headlined by psychedelic rock band Ancient River. Based out of the UK and Austin, TX, their wall-of-sound barrage has been honed by extensive touring across the United States and beyond – including appearances at Austin Psych Fest (2010-2012), Los Angeles’ Psycho De Mayo (2014), Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia (2012) and Milwaukee Psych Festival (2015). Psychotic Reaction join the show from rural Oklahoma. Showcasing high energy rock & roll, they draw comparisons to The MC5, Stooges, Roky Erickson, and Skip James. Three Kansas City acts are featured at the event. Mysterious Clouds is a new band that explores aspects of cosmic space music and is comprised of members of Monta at Odds, Expo ’70, and HMPH! Their first release, Vibrations Shake the Path on Haymaker Records, explores the classic 60’s mono mix approach. HMPH! is the two-piece math-rock outfit of Ryan Lee Toms (RLT) and Jonathan Thatch. With just drums, guitar, looping pedal, and effects, the concept is simple but the music is not. Their debut full-length vinyl release comes out in August on Haymaker Records. Drugs & Attics are a garage punk trio and have been quickly building a name in the Kansas City music scene. The night closes with the psych / mod / garage groove stylings of DJ act Mod Professor, the alias of legendary Kansas City / New York DJ Ray Velasquez. The event starts at 8:30PM and is a full night of entertainment.

Event details and advance ticket information are available at ticketfly and the Facebook event page.


The Bridge (KTBG) Eight One Sixty Radio Podcast feature on Haymaker Records Summer Showcase

Eight One Sixty

Eight One Sixty


Haymaker Records owner Brenton Cook was a guest on last week’s Eight One Sixty show on Kansas City public radio station KTBG The Bridge 90.9. The conversation was to promote the Haymaker Records Summer Showcase Party at The recordBar on Friday, July 24th. Play the podcast below and listen to featured showcase artists Jorge Arana Trio, Schwervon!, Be/Non, HMPH!, and Riala.



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Haymaker Summer Showcase Party 2015/07/24

2015-07-24 Haymaker Showcase

2015-07-24 Haymaker Showcase

KANSAS CITY, MO. – Kansas City independent record label Haymaker Records is proud to host its first showcase party on Friday, July 24th at The recordBar. The event, highlighting the first year of Haymaker Records, will feature five musical acts from the Haymaker Records roster and serve as a preview for three full-length vinyl albums to be released by the label over the summer and fall.

The show opens with the three acts with upcoming album releases. Label newcomer and shoegaze indie rock band Riala will see the release of their first album Be Here | Be There in early fall. Math rock duo HMPH! will showcase their technical guitar and drum wizardry in preparation for the release of their first album Headrush due out this summer. Twenty-year Kansas City rock legend Brodie Rush and his band Be/Non will entertain with the spaced-out rock sounds of their upcoming fall release Mystic Sunrise / Sunset Magic. Closing out the night are sets by Schwervon! and the Jorge Arana Trio. Indie pop duo Schwervon! relocated to Kansas City in 2013 after a decade as a band in New York City. Having completed a month-long tour of the midwest and east coast, Kansas City anxiously awaits their return. The night ends with the Jorge Arana Trio. The Jorge Arana Trio are a three-piece instrumental jazz-fusion math rock hybrid that were the first band to be featured on Haymaker Records. The Oso EP, released on vinyl exactly a year ago, was met with high praises from local and national media and the band recently completed a three-week tour of south and west coast in May.

A compilation called “Fairgrounds” was released by Haymaker Records on January 1st and featured label artists as well as friends of the label. All the musical acts playing the Summer Showcase Party are featured on the compilation and it is a free download at Haymaker Records bandcamp.

The event details and advance ticket information is available here. Discover the bands, the label, and the albums online at www.haymakerrecords.net. Also, check out the Facebook Event.