Today I'm pleased to announce Secret Audio Club's first signing and pre order of SAC-002.
It brings me joy to welcome my good friend Declan Ryan to the Secret Audio Club family. Declan is from Rochester, NY and current resident at the Shark Tank (an infamous former house show venue in these parts).
We are happy to team Declan to release his debut EP "Introducing Close Calls". Introducing Close Calls is available for Pre-Order today on limited edition Arigato Pack CD /200, with less than half of those being made available online as well as digital download. This EP is Declan's first release with his band newly formed all-star band Close Calls. The EP was recorded with Grammy award winner Stephen Roessner.
Absolute Punk will be streaming Manhattan Square on Friday. Release show in Rochester on 4/18 featuring the full band. Declan & his guitar will be going on tour later this month, check him out.
Half Hearted Hero - Defining. Refining. can be purchased here on 180 gram vinyl, a free digital download is also available at the same link.
We are happy to present our first project here over at Secret Audio Club HQ. I stumbled upon half hearted hero at some point in 07/08 and we put out a 3 song demo cassette. Those songs would be re-recorded for Defining. Refining. We later ended up putting out Defining. Refining. on vinyl in the winter of 09/10 on our defunct label 'farewell party records'.
Coming up on the 4 year anniversary of this album in just a few short months, we decided it was best to get this speedball punk symphony back in print.
The artwork has been updated and features matte finish - vintage style jackets. We also really wanted to push the audio quality with this release so we went with 180 gram vinyl.
We told the plant just to use blank labels for the first re-issue pressing. We were surprised when a few of the records showed up with the original labels. - those variants have been categorized and noted below.
We had intended to hand stamp our logo on both sides of the blank labels for simplicity sake, thought it would fit the esthetic of the new jacket design and as a throwback to the DIY aspect of the OG pressing on Farewell Party Records. We stamped one side of half of the black records and soon realized that the combination of "waxy" center labels and the ink we used wasn't going to allow our hand stamps to dry ask quickly as we hoped. So we waited. Then we waited some more. A week passed, they didn't dry and mild smearing of the ink would occur upon touch. Mind you it was extremely limited smearing (ink wasn't dripping or anything) but we still needed a solution.
We had three options -
1. Sell as is and hope no one touches the center label - not be up front about it and say "sorry" if anyone emailed us about it. But this isn't an option for our company and doesn't align with our values.
2. Destroy about 1/4-1/3rd of this pressing and just not sell the records. We saw this option as very wasteful and may prevent this record from getting in the hands of some people who would enjoy it.
3. Find a DIY fix. Bingo.
We landed on putting one thin layer of clear packaging tape over the stamped portion of the label. We tested extensively and found that it didn't affect our record players or the sound quality at all. It kept the ink from smearing and still kept the intended esthetic appeal of the DIY hand stamps. Some people may be disappointed or not into the DIY appeal of this variant, some may enjoy it more. Either way we have a limited number of these DIY label variants available to purchase for only $10.
We really hope you enjoy this release. If you have any more questions on this release, the record pressing process or just want to say hello, send us a note - email@example.com
You can pick up the record here.
The complete pressing info for the Secret Audio Club re-issue pressing is below -
Black 180g Vinyl DIY Labels /42
Black 180g Vinyl Blank Labels / 38
Transparent Pink Mix 180g Vinyl OG Labels /28
Black 180g Vinyl OG "B", Blank "A" Label /6
Clear w / Streaks 180g Vinyl (Comes with COA) /2
Almost Clear , Almost Pink (Comes with COA) /1
2/3rds Pink , 1/3rd Clear (Comes with COA) /1
Black w/ Single Pink Streak (Comes with COA) /1