Tag Archive: “Recess Records”

Today, The Underground Railroad To Candyland have shared the full album stream for their new record, The People Are Home, out May 26 on Recess Records.  Noisey, who premiered the stream, also interviewed URTC frontman and Recess Records head honcho, Todd C about the album and his myriad of bands. Read that interview here.

The band has also announced a Summer tour with Toys That Kill, which URTC shares members with. All dates below.

WATCH THE “YER NOT THE ONLY ONE” VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcAkpUcrSy8

6/10 Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn (URTC)

6/11 Denton, TX @ J&J’s Pizza (TTK)

6/12 Columbia, MO @ PDM (TTK)

6/13 Springfield, IL @ Dumb Fest (TTK) *

6/14 Chicago, IL @ Fizz (TTK) *

6/15 Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary (TTK) *

6/16 Bloomington, IN @ Back Door Bar (TTK) *

6/17 Cincinnati, OH @ Frankl Church (TTK) * ^

6/18 Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog West (TTK) * ^

6/19 Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Explosion (TTK) *

6/20 Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Explosion (URTC)

6/21 Allston, MA @ O’Brien’s (URTC)

6/22 Allston, MA @ O’Brien’s (TTK)

6/23 Brooklyn, NY @ Acheron (TTK) *

6/24 New Brunswick, NJ @ The West (URTC) *

6/25 Trenton, NJ @ Mill Hill Basement (TTK) *

6/26 Baltimore, MD @ Barclays House (TTK) *

6/27 Philadelphia, PA @ TBA (URTC)*

6/28 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire (TTK)

6/29 Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups (TTK and URTC) ^

6/30 Ft Wayne, IN @ Brass Rail (TTK)

7/1 Chicago, IL @ Fizz (URTC)

7/2 Milwaukee, WI @ Cocoon Room (TTK- EARLY ALL AGES SHOW)

7/2 Milwaukee, WI @ Bremen Café (URTC)

7/4 Minneapolis, MN @ D4th of July at Triple Rock (TTK and URTC)

7/6 Omaha, NE @ the Hideout (TTK)

7/7 Denver, CO @ Hi-Five (TTK and URTC)

* with Benny The Jet Rodriguez ^ with Vacation

The Underground Railroad To Candyland are akin to the Merry Prankster’s cross-country voyage of 1966; a ramshackle school bus painted in day-glo rainbow tearing across the desert at 80 miles per hour, speakers blasting perversely twisted freeform tape loops of beatnik rock and roll while all manner of suspicious individuals imbibe massive quantities of speed and LSD on a quest to blur the lines between nihilistic self destruction, art, and society at large.

Jangly guitar leads and bouyant, carefree vocals carry the melodies over a springy, surf-influenced rhythm section, which string together this beastly opus of lo-fi pop-punk gems. Todd Congelliere’s (FYP, Toys That Kill, Stoned At Heart)unique songwriting, lyrical sensibilities, and voice shines with the carefree spirit of youth, a vibrant wanderlust that sweeps the old and bitter away in a wash of adolescent enthusiasm and jovial exuberance. Reminding us that while there’s always work and life and serious business to attend to, nothing can beat the little moments when we turn our backs and laugh this whole reality thing off as the big joke it really is.

While they’ve spent years garnering a reputation for their rambunctious, crowd-inclusive live shows, bridging the borders between band and rambling road show, The People Are Home captures the jubilance and vibrancy they possess live.

The People Are Home is out May 26 on Recess Records.

The Raging Nathans
The Raging Nathans

Dayton, Ohio’s The Raging Nathans play hyped-up, melodic punk rock that is bursting with rage and humor at its biting core.

Referential of early Green Day, Screeching Weasel, Face to Face and contemporaries like Off With Their Heads, the band mange to emerge with their own unique take on the genre, while still paying homage to their predecessors.

This October, The Raging Nathans deliver their latest LP, Losing It, via Dead Broke, Rad Girlfriend, and Recess Records. For this effort, recorded with Micah Carli at Popside Recordings, the band got personal. They aren’t hiding behind a lot a lot of metaphors or fancy writing. There are songs about specific people. There are songs about death, drug and alcohol abuse, and relationships. Losing It is how these dudes really feel.

The band are currently lining up an east coast tour in support of the record for October, and have plans to tour the midwest shortly thereafter.

Today Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of debuting a track from the album called, “The Betrayal.”

Following the release of their debut album Cocamotion this Spring on Recess Records, Chicago-based psyche-pop / punk band Treasure Fleet (featuring members of The Arrivals, Smoking Popes, The Lawrence Arms and more) have announced plans to release their followup album Future Ways this Fall also on Recess Records.

Originally recorded prior to “Cocamotion” at Atlas Studios in Chicago, and planned to be the band’s first album, Future Ways is said to be the more straight ahead punk album of the two and features some of the band’s most natural and unhinged moments. Says Recess label owner Todd Congelliere, “I don’t know what album I like better. The first or second one? Because I don’t even know which is the first or second one.”

In support of their upcoming new album Mellow Cruisers out July 10 on Burger / Recess Records, southern California punk heroes Audacity have just premiered the video for new song “Punk Confusion” currently streaming exclusively at Brooklynvegan.com.

In addition, members Thomas Alvarez and Matthew Schmalfeld are currently on the road performing in King Tuff along throughout the entire U.S. (full Audacity and King Tuff itineraries below).

Audacity Live
Jul. 05 – Long Beach, CA – Alex’s Bar w/ King Tuff

(August US Tour Dates Coming Soon!)

King Tuff (performing w/ members of Audacity)
June 13th Golden West Cafe Baltimore, MD
June 14th Maxwells Hoboken, NJ
June 15th Signal Kitchen Burlington, VT
June 17th The Flywheel Easthampton, MA
July 5th Alex’s Bar Long Beach, CA
July 6th Plush Tucson, AZ
July 7th Train Yard Las Cruces, NM
July 9th Red 7 Austin, TX
July 10th City Tavern Dallas, TX
July 11th Sticky Fingerz Little Rock, AR
July 12th Stone Fox Nashville, TN
July 13th Russian Recording Bloomington, IN
July 14th Now That’s Class Cleveland, OH
July 17th Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN
July 21st Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver, BC
July 22nd Capitol Hill Block Party Seattle, WA
July 23rd Doug Fir Portland, OR
July 25th Harlow’s Sacramento, CA
July 26th Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, CA
July 27th The Echo Los Angeles, CA
July 28th Soda Bar San Diego, CA

Toys That Kill

Mike Watt painted the name of his hometown on his bass and everybody started calling him “Pedro.”  It is apparent when talking to Toys That Kill singer/guitarist and Recess Records founder Todd Congelliere that he carries the same sense of pride in his San Pedro, California roots.  The California punk heroes will depart from Pedro later this month when they begin a series of live dates in support of their forthcoming record, Fambly 42, which drops via Recess Records on May 15.  Check out what Congelliere had to say about the town before perusing upcoming live dates below:

1. What’s your town’s nickname?

2.What’s your nickname for your town?
Pedro (pronounced Peeeeee-Dro).
3. Why do you live there?
Because it’s the ghetto by the sea

4. Did you grow up there? If not, what brought you there?
I grew up in Torrance. Chachi was born and raised here. Me and Sean have been here for almost 20 years. I opened a record store here and ended up having to move into it, sleeping in the back room. Pedro mornings were soooo nice I had to stay for good.

5. What’s the weirdest thing that has ever happened to you there?
Something weird happens to me every day here.

6. What is your favorite local attraction (monument, park, etc)?
Sunken City. It’s where a portion of the city fell into the Pacific Ocean. We take out of towners there. Broken up sidewalks right on the beach.

7. What is your favorite local event or festival?
Wailing of a Town-Craig Ibarra’s fest.

8. What is the best time of year to be there?
It’s Southern California. Always. I like winters though. Cos I like jackets a lot. I have five of them. Ok maybe 15.

9. Who is your favorite local celebrity?
Mike Watt.

10. Where is the best place to drink and what’s their specialty or happy hour?
My living room. $1.78 Guinness.

11. Who has the best jukebox (and what’s in it)?
For me to say there is a “best” jukebox in Pedro, or even a decent one for that matter, would be criminal. I “almost” convinced Reagan over at Godmother’s Bar to let me redecorate their jukebox, but they we’re too attached to that one Indigo Girls song.

12. Do you play music there? If so, where is your favorite place to play?
Yes. Cali Mucho.

13. Does where you live influence your music?
Totally! Pedro inspires creativity. We have a close knit of friends always creating stuff. Whether it’s art, music, crafts, skateboards there’s always inspiration from friends.

14. What is your favorite place to see live music and what was your favorite show there?
Babe’s Warehouse. Just on the outskirts and closed but by far the best place to play and see bands.

15. What is your favorite local band?
Cabrillo Beach Boys

16. What is your favorite diner or restaurant and what is their best dish?
Rex’s Cafe. Eggs Cabrillo (English muffin, Eggs, Avocado and special sauce-named after Cabrillo Beach)

17. What is your favorite record store and what was your best find there?
Williams Book store. SSDecontrol Get It Away.

18. What is your favorite local publication (alternative weekly, zine, website or blog)?
Rise and Fall (of the Harbor Area)

19. What is your favorite local shop?
Sunken City Skates, Union War Surplus, Mcthrift but they all closed!! Hey consumers!! Get with it!!

20. If you could live anywhere else, where would that be?
Pt. Fermin (South Pedro)

(Catch Toys That Kill live at one of these upcoming shows:
May 25th Oakland,CA at the New Parish (1234go Records Fest)
May 26th Sacramento,CA at Luigi’s Fun Garden +
May 28th Las Vegas,NV at Punk Rock Bowling
May 29th Albuquerque,NM at the Gasworks
May 30th Denton,TX at Rubber Gloves
May 31st Austin,TX Chaos in Tejas at the Parish $
June 1st Austin,TX day off at Chaos in Tejas
June 2nd Las Cruces,NM at the Trainyard
June 3rd Phoenix,AZ at the Meat Market
July 15th Los Angeles, CA at The Fonda *
July 26th-29th Hawaii (TBA)
October 26th – 28th Gainesville, FL at The Fest

+ = w/ the Bananas, Ennui Trust and RAD
$ = w/ Pierced Arrows,Tenement,Gun Outfit,Teenage Cool Kids and more!
* = w/ Screeching Weasel and The Queers)