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Gnärwähl - BRÜDER

CBR-008 - September 20th, 2015

Gnarwahl


Gnärwähl is the follow up release for BRÜDER’s 2012 romp, It’s In The Blood. All 7 songs provide the kind of thumping, relentless energy the band has become known for, with the first half of Porcelain being the only the time Gnärwähl comes up for air. The stoner rock roots of the band still provide the backbone of the songwriting, but the songs have moments of sludge metal and hardcore music influence. Gnärwähl is a punishing, brutal effort.


The EP was recorded at Million Yen Studios in Chicago, where Minneapolis expat singer/guitarist Ryan Harding (Local H, Ghost Towns of the West) now resides. He joined Local H in late 2013, and has stayed extremely busy with a new record and their 25th anniversary touring; however, he is still committed to several Minneapolis based projects. Local H’s influence on Gnärwähl is most clearly heard on the penultimate track, Worm Burner.


Harding splits vocals with bassist Tucker Jensen and his distinctive howl-growl. Tom Busch (Chiefs of the North) provides the drums and guitarist Mike Mastel’s melodic, yet abrasive leads are notable throughout. The foursome’s songwriting process is organic with all members contributing to the final product.


Shadows in Light - Ghost Towns of the West

CBR-007 - April 7th, 2015 - $8

Shadows in Light

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Four years after making a little noise in the Minneapolis indie scene with an EP and 7-inch release, Ghost Towns of the West are back with a debut full-length, Shadows In Light, released on April 7th, 2015. Produced by Timothe Catlin and engineered by Ed Ackerson at Flowers Studio, this record is the product of literal years of experimentation and self discovery.


Shadows In Light shows the band going in a decidedly more experimental direction than past material. While the basic tracks were recorded at Flowers Studio with Ackerson (it is important to the band to record basic tracks live for maintaining a certain “feel” in the tracks); many trips, hours, overdubs, and general wackiness occurred at Catlin’s Madison, WI studio.


In addition, the last four years have been a period of significant change in the six band members’ lives. Most notably, Ryan Harding (drums/vocals) moved to Chicago to join Local H, and as such, has a heavy touring schedule. Joel Korte (guitar/vocals) left his long-time post at ZVEX Effects to start his own guitar pedal company, Chase Bliss Audio. Andrew Dwyer (bass/vocals) is likely moving to China to teach. Ryan Jansen (keyboards/sax) bought a farm. New-comer / producer / multi-instrumentalist Timothe Catlin holds it down in Madison, WI. And for Dan Crowe (guitars/vocals)... he’s the glue that holds the whole thing together.



It's in the Blood EP (12") - BRÜDER

CBR-006 - Released November 2nd, 2012 - $12

It's In The Blood
It's in the Blood - EP - Bruder


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This record comes on 12" vinyl and comes with a high-quality digital download of the record.


It’s in the Blood, the debut release for BRÜDER, is relentless while still being warm. It is a driving, hypnotic offering of songs that plants itself somewhere around the genres of stoner rock, sludge metal, and hardcore music.


The EP was recorded at Million Yen Studios in Chicago, which was fitting since this is where lead singer Ryan Harding (Buildings, Ghost Towns of the West) spent a two-year stint focused squarely on writing and performing music. The city, and his experiences during that period, was the inspiration for the majority of the tunes on the record. In addition, the band cites the Melvins, Kyuss, Barkmarket, and Black Sabbath as influences.


While Harding provided the seeds for the songs initially, the writing process was organic with all members contributing to the process. Bassist Tucker Jensen provides lead vocals for “Earthen,” while drummer Tom Busch’s (Chiefs of the North) heart-thumping rhythms and guitarist Mike Mastel’s searing arpeggios are heard throughout.


Press Clippings:


"So, what is in the blood you ask? RIFFS, robust, hypnotic RIFFS are in the blood. Brüder waste no time in pulverizing every minute fiber of your ear drums with the first two thrash-punk influenced tracks." - Heavy Planet


"[I] think they have a really strong, polished sound for being so new and so young. Recommended for fans of Bloodnstuff, Black Sabbath, etc." - Andrea Swensson, 89.3 The Current


Robust (7") - Ghost Towns of the West

CBR-005 - Released November 22nd, 2011 - $7

Robust 7-inch
Robust / Mr. Loewe - Single - Ghost Towns of the West


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This is the ultra limited white vinyl edition. All vinyl purchases include a download card for a digital version of this record.


Ghost Towns of the West continue their quest to celebrate honesty in rock-and-roll with the release of a seven-inch single on November 22, 2011. Produced by Ed Ackerson at Flowers Studio, the seven-inch features the tracks “Robust” and “Mr. Loewe.”


The record’s A-side, “Robust,” lives up to its name. The track, with its driving beat, primal distortion, strong vocals, and sensitive keyboard melodies, strains against its potent three-minute, thirty-second package. On the record’s reverse, the dastardly “Mr. Loewe” emerges as a subversive anthem easily appreciated by anyone yearning to tell off that self-important, know-what’s-best-for-me-know-it-all in their life.


This is the band’s second record, and comes fully gestated a mere eight months after the release of their self-titled EP. “Robust” features guest-vocalist Danielle Wagner.


Ghost Town of the West EP - Self Titled

CBR-004 - Released March 26th, 2011 - $7

GTOTW EP
Ghost Towns of the West - EP - Ghost Towns of the West


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Ghost Towns of the West is the debut release for a band comprised of 5 brothers (metaphorically speaking) who've been writing and playing together for a length of time.


The EP was recorded, mixed, and produced by Ed Ackerson (Golden Smog, The Jayhawks, The Replacements) at Flowers studio in December 2010. From Joel: "The recording process itself was void of click tracks so we could allow the loving heartbeat of Ryan Harding to be our metronome. Whenever possible, we played the parts just as we wrote them: together. We wanted to create the best, and most honest representation of our music, and feel like we accomplished that. Everybody in the band is proud of this, and we are excited to share it with anyone who is interested. Some elusive demons may have been exercised in the process, too."


Press Clippings:


"With its widescreen songs, beefy production and ace musicianship — the lineup includes a terrific saxophone player — the album sounds like an old-fashioned major-label production, not the first fruits of a young band. Expect to hear more from these guys." - Ross Raihala, Pioneer Press


"Judging by my initial listening reactions, Ghost Towns of the West qualify as a true find filling an under-served niche on the local scene. Their 6 track debut EP was recorded this past December at Ed Ackerson's renowned Flowers Studio, and it's a smoky and haunted affair with more than a bit of the Doors dark mojo in its lithe keyboard lines." - Rob Van Alstyne, Twin Cities Metromix


"I hesitate to call this a guitar album because of the brilliant mix of instruments throughout the six tracks that makeup up the self-titled debut from Ghost Towns of the West... They also demonstrate the same respect for Neil Young’s influence on grunge music that Pearl Jam championed most notably on Tall Green Grass which pairs Young influenced rhythm guitar with McCready influenced lead guitar." - David Stein, Listener's Guild


“It's almost an aural diary with some of the most complex, mind-blowing music you'll ever hear backing it... A stunning, super-memorable collection of songs.” - Tom Hallett, ‘Round The Dial Magazine


It's Going To Be Alright - Various Artists

CBR-003 - Released Sept. 5th, 2009 - $6 Donation

It's Going to Be Alright

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Note: 100% of proceeds from this release go to the non-profit podcast, StutterTalk.


It's Going To Be Alright: Songs Inspired By Chase Korte is a compilation disc that Chase Bliss Records has been wanting to make for a long, long time. It is available as a thank you gift with a $6 donation to StutterTalk. Joel Korte had this to say about the compilation:


"One of my goals over the past year was to gather all of the original songs inspired by the memory of Chase Korte I could find and put them on an album for people to enjoy and remember my brother. In doing this, I also thought it would be cool to have some sort of an event (concert) associated with it on or around his birthday, September 6th - and have all the proceeds go to a worthy cause (The Stuttertalk podcast).... this is that event."


Artists contributing to this compilation disc include The Blend, Ghost Towns of the West, Nikki Schultz, Lion Man, Jones Korte, Glass Gills, Adri Mehra, Naked Transit, and C.M. Nelson.


Strange Red Afternoon - Jones Korte

CBR-002 - Released April 4th, 2009 - $6

Strange Red Afternoon
Strange Red Afternoon - Jones Korte


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Strange Red Afternoon is a collection of five Jones Korte songs recorded in various residences over the past 8 years. In some ways it is a departure from Melrose, including synth arrangements and programmed drums for certain tracks. This EP was released with Melrose, and Jones wrote the following in an insert included with the CD at the release show:


"I think I would consider the actual song Strange Red Afternoon my magnum opus – (haha! That sounds pretentious! But, I'm too happy that I used 'magnum opus' in this note to remove it now) If I had to guess, I would say I spent around 70 hours recording and mixing just that song. I wrote the structure of it in Acapulco in 2004 on a cheap classical guitar I bought down there. One lyric haunts me though (for obvious reasons)… I was trying to be clever by using the analogy or idea that Mexico is so close in proximity to us… the lyrics are 'Mexico… my southern brother / but I don’t want a brother / when I need a lover' and it just kind of makes me sick to listen to even though I was in no way referencing my actual brother – it is unfortunate because I love the song but I cringe at that part. Maybe I was more concerned with trying to be clever rather than being honest back in those days."



Melrose - Jones Korte

CBR-001 - Released April 4th, 2009 - $10

Melrose
Melrose - Jones Korte


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In his debut album, Jones Korte reflects on the last several years of his life after losing his brother by way of a drunk driver and coming to terms with a failed relationship thereafter. Melrose is a deeply personal concept album. The songs proceed chronologically, and the entire album serves as a story. Regarding the album, Jones wrote the following in an insert included with the CD at the release show:


"It tells a story, and the songs proceed in chronological order. In a way, it is kind of like a 40 minute play about the last few years of my life. The semi-oddball track is the first song on the CD, The River. I wrote this song when I was 16 or 17, and it has always been my brother’s favorite song of mine. I never have had a decent recording of it, so I wanted to include this song in the project. Being that I recorded this CD - in a large part - to honor my brother, I felt like I needed to include that song. The next song, We fit together – I wrote when I was 21, and the songs then continue to proceed in chronological order to the last song on the album, which was written about 6 months ago. So, The River really isn’t an oddball per se – since it fits with the chronology concept, it was just written a long time before the other songs. The album can be sad sometimes, but in these past two years, I have been dealt some blues.


Much of what I seem to care about in music, these days, is honesty. The melody, the songwriting, and the appeal of the singer’s voice are all secondary to me. I know this is probably not typical; however, this ideology is primarily what I focused on when I wrote the songs on Melrose. I continually kept asking myself, 'Am I being honest?' with every song. With this in mind, I recorded Melrose in an unconventional way. I wanted the songs to sound as authentic as possible. In other words, I wanted the songs to sound like how I was playing them when I wrote them. I went up to my Grandma’s now vacant house in Melrose, MN (she passed away a few years ago and I set up a make-shift recording studio for the week. No internet. No cell phone. I recorded these songs all day and all night for one week. I did not interact or communicate with anyone the entire time…. so I think I may have been in a bit of a strange state, at times… but I wanted to get in the moment of each song, and try to feel like how I was feeling when I wrote the songs. I think I accomplished that. I know it probably sounds like I am a Bon Iver wannabe at this point. Probably some truth to that – but I was only gone for a week. I should note that I recorded a few piano parts after I got home, and Andy Dwyer contributed bass guitar for 3 tracks after I got back – Judah Birkeland also contributed back up vocals on two tracks… but I would say 95% of the album was recorded in that one week."


Press Clippings:


"Melrose is a beautiful, introverted, and very personal album." - Johan Schoenmakers, Alt-Country Forum



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