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Album Premiere: Chomper - "Medicine Mountain" 7 November 2017

Today, we're excited to premiere the full album stream of Chomper's debut LP, Medicine Mountain, out this Friday, November 10th. The band features members of rock greats – Mark Shue in Guided by Voices and Beech Creeps, Nick Chiericozzi and Mark Perro in The Men, and Russell Hymowitz in Dream Police and Junk Boys, to name a few – resulting in a pile-driving, psychedelic collaboration that will lay you flat.

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Chomper was originally the brainchild of Shue, and brought into form by a fateful collision with old...

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Stream Chomper's "Hideout 3D" + New Band Picks Playlist 4 October 2017

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Chomper's debut LP Medicine Mountain is out November 10th. Today, we've got another sneak peek of the album via the opening track "Hideout 3D." Listen below and enjoy. We've also got a fresh song picks playlist put together by Chomper, streamable below on Spotify and Tidal, with an accompanying write-up by the band.
In case you missed it last week, Mark Shue was interviewed on rad new site North of The Internet, saying of Chomper's process, "Instinct is a heavy power. Overthinking can get in the way."
Chomper has a Brooklyn record release show planned for November 14th at Secret Project Robot with Drunken Foreigner Band, Weeping Icon, and Think Tank. The band will have special merch for...

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Album Premiere: Other Houses "Fortune Selector" MLP 10 July 2017

Today, we're excited to premiere the full album stream of Other Houses' new mini-LP Fortune Selector, out this Friday, July 14th.

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Previously the solo project of Morgan Enos (Hollow Sunshine, Medium Mystic, Hheaven), this is Other Houses' confident debut as a full-fledged band, recorded with Californian players Adam Nash (guitar), Alex Nash (drums), and Ross Major (bass).

Fortune Selector is well-represented by its front cover, featuring a palm tree - a universal symbol of California - inverted. In fact, Enos formed the new Other Houses band and recorded Fortune Selector directly before relocating from California to New York....

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Track Premiere: Other Houses - "Cats Know Me" 29 June 2017

Today we're excited to premiere the second track from Other Houses Iron Pier debut Fortune Selector,"Cats Know Me."

Per Morgan of Other Houses, "'Cats Know Me' is a duet about swallowing your pride and hanging with the pack when you’re the hayseed country mouse among the intimidatingly hip and urbane. It was also the culmination of the Fortune Selector sessions. Everyone really banded together on this one – we thought it was a wrap, and then our friend Taylor Belmore recorded her great vocal part at the last minute. Then we put in that descending Byrds riff you hear and it shot the whole thing through the roof. The character in this song is probably me, mixed with a couple...

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Up Our Sleeves 2017.01 - Neaux "Fell Off The Deep End" 15 April 2017

Up Our Sleeves is Iron Pier's new blog feature focusing on the material construction and design of the vinyl records and other media we release on our label. We put a lot of time and attention into each release and in this hopefully regular column we're going to take a close look at, and showcase, the physical aspects of many of our releases.

Neaux's debut, Fell Off The Deep End, was originally released by Iron Pier on cassette in late 2016. In early 2017, we remastered the album and re-released it on vinyl and on digital.

The first press was released on two colorways: transparent electric blue vinyl with hot pink splatter in a run of 186...

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Other Houses Joins Iron Pier 9 February 2017

We're excited to announce a new addition to the Iron Pier family:

Other Houses is the full-band power-pop project of Brooklyn, NY, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Morgan Enos. Think Guided By Voices meets early R.E.M. meets Elliott Smith. Their songs are melodic, concise, and subtly barbed. Onstage, Enos is joined by bassist Dave Lucas (Twiga) and drummer Stephen Lee Clark (Field Agent, Deafheaven.)

Check out Other Houses' past discography on Bandcamp, and watch out for more news on their debut release with Iron Pier soon. Other Houses will play NEAUX's record release show February 18 at Trans Pecos.

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Neaux's debut "Fell Off The Deep End" Remastered & On Vinyl 11 January 2017

Fell Off The Deep End is the debut full-length from Neaux. Rich in atmosphere and songcraft, Fell Off The Deep End gives a nod to shoegaze, Sonic Youth, and Bl'ast in equal measure. The members - Sierra Kay (Versa Emerge), Nick Fit (Loss Leader, Trash Talk), Ryan Briggs (Have Heart), and Chris X - may have cut their teeth in varied projects, but Fell Off The Deep End's rewarding collision of worlds yields a captivating new sound. There's a weighty crunch to the sound that recalls 90's grunge and alt-rock, yet clear and expressive lead vocals and aggressive lyrical vulnerability ensures fans of Slowdive and PJ Harvey can find space in this music. It's the sound of restless emotional territory,...

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2016 Year In Review 26 December 2016

2016 was one of our busiest years yet. We continued our annual streak of releasing a Self Defense Family record, put out another amazing record by Hollow Sunshine as well as an EP compilation, and we were lucky enough to connect with Neaux and Mary and the Small Omission for their debut and sophomore releases, respectively.

Thank you for your support of us and of our bands. We're proud of them and their releases. We're now looking forward to an exciting 2017 with releases forthcoming from Neaux,Other Houses, Self Defense Family, Hollow Sunshine and others. Check out our recap of 2016 below.

- David and Xin
Iron Pier

Mary and the Small Omission - The Effects Are Cumulative
Mary Brulatour (Self Defense Family) and...

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Hollow Sunshine Announce "Coward + Leader + Omega" EP Trilogy for Cassette Store Day 1 September 2016

California-based duo Hollow Sunshine will release a trilogy of EPs, Coward + Leader + Omega, on the Iron Pier record label for Cassette Store Day. Available Saturday October 8th, 2016 this release is a one-time-only cassette pressing limited to 50 units.

The three EPs compiled on this release betray inspirations ranging from the spiritual-minded prog of Popol Vuh to Joni Mitchell’s late-in-the-game experiments in rhythm and atmosphere. The pensive Coward casts a long, paranoid shadow, Leader’s buoyant pop almost seems to defy gravity, and Omega burns the whole script in a psychedelic fever.

This is the first time Coward + Leader + Omega will exist in a physical format. Whether heard together or separately, they demonstrate incredible range from the duo of...

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Iron Pier Announces Mini-LP Series 18 July 2016

We are proud to announce the Iron Pier Mini-LP Series, a collection of mini-albums to be released on limited 12" vinyl and digital download. The first entry, Hollow Sunshine's dark electronic album Bible Sea, will be released July 29th. The second entry, due in stores September 9th, will be Self Defense Family's roiling post-punk record Colicky. More releases will follow in 2016 and in 2017.

Iron Pier's Mini-LP series is designed to showcase album-length concepts with shorter run times of around 20 minutes. Each MLP will feature multiple color vinyl combinations, unique packaging, and a series-specific OBI strip. Hollow Sunshine's entry, Bible Sea, is available on Yellow/Black A-side/B-side color and black vinyl, enclosed in a full-color dust sleeve and in...

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Self Defense Family Announce New MLP "Colicky" 9 July 2016

Colicky is the new Mini-LP by acclaimed cult independent band Self Defense Family. A dark, roiling post-punk gem written during a time of personal turmoil, Colicky is the group’s jagged, unflinching look at the disintegration of love and intimacy. The result is a tight and eclectic mini-LP that ranges from cerebrality and coolness to measured chaos.

The first single from the album “Brittany Murphy in 8 Mile” is now streaming at Brooklyn Vegan, along with a discussion of the song and album with SDF singer Patrick Kindlon. Brooklyn Vegan says of SDF “there’s truly no other band quite like them.”

Hollow Sunshine "Bible Sea" MLP Out 7/29 on Vinyl and DD 5 July 2016

Bible Sea is the new all-electronic record from California's Hollow Sunshine, the duo of acclaimed visual artist Reuben Sawyer (Dry Insides, Florida Man, Blood Bright Star) and Morgan Enos (Other Houses, Hheaven).

In contrast to Hollow Sunshine's previous LPs Held Above and Bring Gold, Bible Sea ditches all semblance of a rock band in favor of disfigured samples, 808 sequences, and driving industrial percussion. A harsh, otherworldly musical atmosphere is soothed by Enos’s melodic vocal approach. Enos sees the lyrical theme of this lush darkwave masterpiece as "spiritual weaponry" while main instrumentalist Reuben Sawyer says that the sounds are "cold and alienating, which is a good thing...the vocals remain sensitive while the music is buried in...

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