Iron Pier - Self Defense Family - "Duets"

Self Defense Family - "Duets" IRP14


Three years in the making, Self Defense Family's ambitious record Duets is the result of a longstanding collaboration between the band and Albany singer and Family member Caroline Corrigan. Corrigan has fronted the band before at shows and on the 2013 record You Are Beneath Her, also released by Iron Pier. Here, Corrigan and regular Family singer Patrick Kindlon put their collaboration front and center and give the collaboration time and space in which to flourish.

The result is tuneful and accessible but just as challenging, interesting, and as personally confrontational as the band has ever been. Duets is five songs with overlapping themes and a cohesive sound. It builds on the band's distinctive approach but integrates new elements of alt-country and indie rock. Over the course of the record, Kindlon's and Corrigan's voices sing against and with each other, overlapping, doubling back on each other, and breaking apart, with Corrigan alone singing on the final track, the critically acclaimed "Cancel Man."

Duets is available as a one-sided 12-inch vinyl EP on several colors of vinyl, as cassette, and as a digital download.

On this record Self Defense Family is: Mary, Chris, Alan, Doody, Benny, Andrew, Caroline, Patrick. It was recorded by Andrew Duggan and Chris Tenerowicz at Hellmouth in Brooklyn, NY and by Craig Dutra in his home studio in Albany, NY. It was mixed by Andrew Duggan and Chris Tenerowicz in Brooklyn and Los Angeles and mastered by Carl Saff in Chicago. The art and layout was created by Samuel Phipps of Iamsam Creative in Cardiff, UK.

All orders include digital downloads in your choice of bit rates and audio formats: FLAC, WAV, AAC, Mp3, etc. Digital downloads come with high resolution digital liner notes.


  1. The Way Out is Back
  2. Been Passed On
  3. Location Scout
  4. Incoming Calls
  5. Cancel Man
Pressing Information

Clear w/Pink & Green "Flower" Splatter: 98
Pink w/ Black "Black Hibiscus" Splatter: 153
Clear w/Black "Bone Char" Haze: 204
Solid Pink "Petal": 564

100 Cassettes - Solid Pink