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.
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.
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.
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.
Schwervon! tour the east coast June / July 2015.
There is a lot to be excited about this summer / fall with Haymaker Records. Here is what we can tell you about now. Individual details to come soon…
*HMPH! – Headrush LP (Random Opaque Vinyl) – July/August 2015
*Riala – Be Here | Be There LP (Milky Clear Vinyl) – September 2015
*Be/Non – Mystic Sunrise / Sunset Magic LP (Vinyl) – Fall 2015
*06/05 – Josey Records Soft Opening – Free performances by HMPH!, Riala, and Lazy as part of the soft opening for the new record store Josey Records – Kansas City.
*06/12 – 07/11 – Schwervon! begin a tour of the U.S..
*07/22 – Haymaker Records owner Brenton Cook will be a guest on Mark Manning’s Wednesday MidDay Medley program on KKFI Kansas City public radio.
*07/03 – Crossroads Block Party – Free block party run by Golden Sound Records, featuring Monta at Odds and Your Friend
*07/24 – Haymaker Records Showcase @recordBar – This is the first Haymaker Records showcase, featuring Riala, HMPH!, Be/Non, Schwervon!, and Jorge Arana Trio
Jorge Arana Trio begin their tour of the West Coast this week. If you get a chance to see them, please do. Godspeed.
Robots of Munich Finds a Home at Long-Running European Media Art Festival
KANSAS CITY, MO. – Kansas City artist and videographer Barry Anderson will have featured his video for the Monta at Odds song “Android Dreams” at the European Media Art Festival in Osnabrück, Germany on April 25, 2015. The video will premier as part of the film program Tick Tack Ton. An institution since 1987, the European Media Art Festival is one of the most influential forums of international Media Art. As a meeting point for artists, curators, distributors, galleries and an audience of experts the festival has a great impact on the topics and aesthetics of Media Art.
Synthesizer-based psychedelic rock band Monta at Odds released the album Robots of Munich on Kansas City independent record label Haymaker Records in November 2014. The storyline questions human and robot empathy, following a group of androids who survived the slaughter at the uprising in Munich. As they escape to South America, the small group delves into the crumbling culture in an attempt to grasp humanity and make the most of a limited lifespan spent evading the pursuit of the android hunter. Anderson’s video reflects these aesthetics throughout the presention.
The official video for “Android Dreams” can be viewed at vimeo.com/112441129. Review the schedule for the Tick Tack Ton program of European Media Art Festival at www.emaf.de/english/timetable/tick-tack-ton.html. Monta at Odds will be performing a special set of music as Mysterious Cloud on May 12th, 2015 at recordBar in Kansas City. Psych bands Ancient River and The Myrrors will be joining the show, presented by KC Psych Fest and Summer Moon. More details available at www.therecordbar.com/event/778687-ancient-river-kansas-city/
Discover the band, the label, and the album online at www.haymakerrecords.net. More Monta at Odds information is also available at www.montamusic.com. Information on the artistic works of Barry Anderson can be found at www.barryanderson.com.
Haymaker Records will be releasing several new limited cassette releases just in time for Record Store Day this Saturday. Math-rock punks HMPH! will be putting out their first full-length Headrush, covert electronic psych band Piercing Eyes will release their first EP Ultra Savage, and a 2nd run of the Fairgrounds compilation will see the light of day. Find them at select record stores across the Kansas City metro.
Haymaker Records is pleased to be a part of the very first episode of a new podcast called Musonomics through New York University’s Steinhardt Music Business Program. This episode delves into the current state of physical music retail in a conversation with James Donio of the Music Business Association as well as the future of the industry with Russ Crupnick of MusicWatch. It also looks at Record Store Day, how it started and what it means to the vinyl industry from co-founder Michael Kurtz.
The Record Store Day portion features interviews with Haymaker Records’ owner Brenton Cook and Monta at Odds frontman Dedric Moore. The band’s new album, Robots of Munich, came out on Record Store Day Black Friday, November 2014.