Iron Pier Announces Mini-LP Series

Posted on July 18th, 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 an outer sleeve with a flood-black interior. Self Defense Family's Colicky will be available in several vinyl color combinations and will feature a printed inner sleeve as well as a translucent Spot-UV gloss design on the outer sleeve.

Self Defense Family Announce New MLP "Colicky"

Posted on July 9th, 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.”

Colicky is the second in Iron Pier’s mini-LP series, following Hollow Sunshine’s bold new all-electronic record Bible Sea, out July 29th, 2016. Colicky will be released on digital formats and on black and colored vinyl on September 9th, 2016. The vinyl edition is pressed on two-sided 45rpm 12-inch vinyl, with all vinyl colorways inserted into beautiful packaging that includes spot-UV designs on the outer sleeve, a series-specific OBI strip, and a printed inner sleeve.

Self Defense Family will tour Europe in October, dates below. Colicky will be available from the band on tour and from many fine European record stores.

Self Defense Family - Fall European Tour Dates

October 3 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Kavka
October 4 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Winston
October 5 – Koln, Germany @ Blueshell
October 6 – Berlin, Germany @ Cassiopeia Berlin
October 7 – Nurnberg, Germany @ Desi Nürnberg
October 8 – Vienna, Austria @ Bach
October 9 – Bologna, Italy @ Freakout Club
October 10 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Dynamo Zürich
October 11 – Wiesbaden, Germany @ Schlachthof Wiesbaden
October 12 – Paris, France @ La Mécanique Ondulatoire
October 13 – Brighton, UK @ The Green Door Store
October 14 – London, UK @ MOTH CLUB
October 15 – Cardiff, UK @ Four Bars at Dempseys
October 16 – Glasgow, UK @ Official 13th Note
October 17 – Manchester, UK @ The Star and Garter
October 18 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
October 19 – Norwich, UK @ The Owl Sanctuary
October 20 – Nottingham, UK @ The Basement, Nottingham

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

Posted on July 5th, 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 this digital muck and can't find a way out. Animal vs. machine."

New on Iron Pier: Mary and the Small Omission "The Effects are Cumulative"

Posted on May 24th, 2016

Iron Pier will release the new record from Mary and the Small Omission, The Effects are Cumulative, on June 10th.

Mary and the Small Omission is Mary Brulatour (Self Defense Family) and Steve Price. Together, the duo craft a compelling mix of intimate bedroom dreampop, ambient soundscapes, and electronic loops.

Cassette, digital, and merch preorders are up now at Iron Pier.

You can check out the premiere and write-up of the music video for "Rabbit Mask" now at Flood Magazine.

Wild Moth Premiere Music Video for "Buried"

Posted on April 2nd, 2016

Wild Moth and the Iron Pier record label are excited to premiere a new music video for the Wild Moth song “Buried,” which comes from the Bay Area post-punk band’s recent full-length, Inhibitor. Featuring stop-motion animation, the video creates a world both grotesque and beautiful and channels the turmoil of the band’s recent life changes. Watch the video for "Buried" now via Impose Magazine or directly on YouTube.

After finishing their US tour for Inhibitor, Wild Moth had to struggle with their interpersonal relationships as well as how the band should work when a founding member moved across the country to New York. Drummer Cal Tung says: “In our time of struggle we’ve taken a step back to breathe and reflect. We’ve refocused and cleared our minds to see the things that are truly important to us: our relationships and connecting through creative output. This video has struck a chord with us: many things in life are bittersweet, many things can be both ugly and beautiful.”

Wild Moth formed in the San Francisco Bay Area in the summer of 2011 when friends Austin Montanari, Carlos Salas, and Cal Tung decided to start a new project, adding guitarist Marc Leyda in early 2013 and later that year releasing their debut album, Over, Again, on Asian Man Records. Over, Again cemented the band’s guitar-driven, post-punk sound and earned them local praise from SF Weekly’s Sam Lefebvre, who called them “one of the Bay Area’s most promising young post-punk bands.” Lefebvre also noted that part of what makes Wild Moth unique is their willingness to depart from punk's conventional rhythms for a sound that is “more nuanced, structurally intricate, and melodic.”

Inhibitor, their 2015 follow-up on Iron Pier, keeps their trademark sound but treks further into progressive, post-punk territory with help from famed Bay Area producer and recording engineer Jack Shirley—known for his work with Deafheaven, Whirr, and the one-man black metal project, Botanist—with additional studio work by Max Senna who’s worked with Miserable and Commissure. The influence of both Shirley and Senna is apparent as Inhibitor moves away from the catchier sound of Over, Again in favor of darker textures and a pensive, almost jagged tone. Impose Magazine described the lead single, “Mirror,” as a “deterrence from punk’s normal furies, replacing harshness with tonal melancholy and pleasantly morbid curiosity.” And while these elements make Inhibitor a heavy, saturated record, its tonal gloom is offset with luscious melodies and thought-provoking lyrics.

While you can certainly hear the influence of bands like Isn’t Anything-era My Bloody Valentine, Hüsker Dü, and Mission to Burma, Wild Moth doesn’t imitate the post-punk or shoegaze sounds common to many young bands. By avoiding the rigidity of genre, they’ve developed their own style while upholding punk’s ethos towards social consciousness– The four members are outspoken on social issues and support organizations like Humanist Hall, which serves as a community space for low-income Oaklanders. Their hard work and creative energy has helped them become one of the major figures in the Bay Area DIY and punk scenes. What started as a bunch of friends playing for the thrill of it has grown into a respected band that opens for indie darlings The Men, PC Worship, Perfect Pussy, Self-Defense Family, and Speedy Ortiz.

The video for “Buried” was crafted by artist Lauren Corden, a good friend of the band. The song “Buried” appears on Wild Moth’s LP Inhibitor released in late August of 2015 on Iron Pier.