FINALLY, after months of delay and various pressing nightmares, the Optional Body 7″ is out and available now through the 25 DIAMONDS store. Copies will be available soon at Extreme Noise Records and The Electric Fetus in Minneapolis, and will be available through various distributors shortly after:
Optional Body is made up of Sonny Kay (Year Future, The VSS, Angel Hair, etc.), Rockey Crane (Year Future, Dead And Gone, Some Girls, etc.), Russell White (Camera Obscura, Spacehorse, Champagne Kiss, etc.) and Alan Rosetti (Vietnam, The Icarus Line, etc.). Pressed in an edition of 300 copies, with 250 on colored vinyl and 50 on black vinyl for band and mail order only. Includes a digital download code.
Also, we are pleased to share a song each from our next 3 upcoming releases:
25D 007 – Wooden Wand – ’3 Songs’ 7″
3 brand new songs from Wooden Wand, hot on the heels of his ‘Blood Oaths of the New Blues’ LP on Fire Records. These recordings find James Jackson Toth at his most raw and stripped down; just guitar and vocals over 3 tracks of somber, dark and beautiful music. An excellent addition to the always growing, ever impressive Wooden Wand catalog, and a single I am incredibly proud to release. Pressed in an edition of 300 copies, all on colored vinyl with hand screened covers. Final art coming soon!
25D 008 – Ex Nuns – ‘Dead of Zero/Crash Meditation’ 7″
Debut record by this new band from Minneapolis. Honestly, I’m at as much of a loss as to how to describe this band as everyone else seems to be (‘Theirs is a cataclysmic post-hardcore sound similar to the Bronx or Metz played with a ferocity that leaves an impact on minds and eardrums alike.’, ‘ Part Am-Rep style bulldozer, part shoegaze guitars.’ – various local press), but I’ll say that the first time I heard this band, I described them as ‘one of the loudest bands i’ve seen in a long time. in my weird head, they sound like why the vss full length was reissued on hydra head?!’. SO. Pressed in an edition of 300 copies, all on colored vinyl. Includes a download code.
25D 009 – Violent Bullshit – ‘Age of Quarrel 2 By Amon Duul 3′ 7″
2nd release by NYC’s Violent Bullshit, fronted by Jayson Green (of Orchid, Panthers, Ritual Mess) alongside members of Les Savy Fav, Black Army Jacket, etc. 6 songs in 7 minutes, drawing equal influence from the best of both 80′s and 90′s hardcore; as much Bad Brains as Born Against, Negative Approach as Positive Force. Total ripper. Described as ‘..a self-indulgent sandbox of screechy, juvenile hardcore’ by the fucking New Yorker!! Pressed in an edition of 300 copies, all on black vinyl. Includes a download code.
All of these releases are expected to be out on 06/01/2013, and updates will happen as things draw closer.
Finally, we are happy to add 2 new distributors to the ranks; in addition to being carried by Revolver, Ebullition and Matador Direct, 25 DIAMONDS releases are also now available through Gilgongo Records, as well as by Waterslide Records in Japan!
Thanks so much friends!