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FEB041: 5: A February Records Anniversary Compilation


 
February Records turned 5 in 2014 and to celebrate, we are releasing a CD compilation featuring 14 bands spanning the length of our catalog. Most of the songs have never been released and are exclusive to this comp. We wanted to make this project special. We think we have.

Bands featured on the compilation are: The Swapsies, Brilliant at Breakfast, Ry Smith, Onward Chariots, Summer Library, Boy Genius, Lunchbox, Finnmark!, Ghost of Chance, Secret Charisma, The Halamays, Cozy Catastrophes, The Month of June and The Pretty Greens.

In addition to the compilation, we’ve produced the first physical edition of our zine, “…March, April & May.” The 60-page zine includes interviews with 14 bands plus articles on DIY culture in New England and some February Records history.

There are three ways to order — all through our Bandcamp page:
1. The compilation and zine combo is limited to 100 copies and includes a digital download.
2. Download the digital version of the compilation from our bandcamp page.
3. Order the “March, April & May” zine on its own.

Orders of the CD/zine combo received before midnight (U.S. Eastern Time) Wednesday, February 4, will be entered for a chance to win a February Records feltie keychain made by Lynn Chan, The Quirky Girl Crafter.

Click here to order.

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FEB026: “A Simple Beast” by Ghost of Chance


 
New Haven, Conn.’s Ghost of Chance channels elements from the past in a way that keeps the music sounding fresh and relevant. The group’s distinctive style is characterized by subtle time signature changes and sonically-open experimentation set to surrealist lyrics.

Ghost of Chance’s sound takes its influence from ’60s psychedelia, ’70s glam, math rock and post punk while maintaining the shimmer of classic pop sensibilities.

All of this adds to the unique yet familiar sound that Ghost of Chance have cleverly cultivated on their sophomore album. Bustling with nervous energy and the desire to communicate, “A Simple Beast” shows growth, both musically and lyrically.

RIYL: Built To Spill, Modest Mouse, The Zombies, The Appleseed Cast, Guided By Voices, Explosions In The Sky

CT Indie blog: “… Jayson Munro does some solid early ’90s guitar work that could be bookended by anything from the Lilys to Teenage Fanclub.”

Hartford Courant SoundCheck blog: “ … the band plays catchy rock ‘n’ roll with some unexpected twists and turns. … the group delivers a bracing blend of well-constructed songs … ”

FEB006: “Ghost of Chance” by Ghost of Chance


 
New Haven, Conn.’s Ghost of Chance channels elements from the past in a way that keeps the music sounding fresh and relevant. The group’s distinctive style is characterized by subtle time signature changes and sonically-open experimentation set to surrealist lyrics.

Ghost of Chance’s sound takes its influence from ’60s psychedelia and ’90s indie and alternative. The band hints at math rock and post punk while maintaining the shimmer of classic pop sensibilities.

The band’s self-titled debut album is the brainchild of Jayson Munro and George Moore, who crafted and recorded the music in the sweltering confines of an attic apartment during the summer of 2009. The live set consists of Moore on guitar, Munro on vocals and guitar, David Corsak on bass and Mark Niciu on drums.

RIYL: Built To Spill, Modest Mouse, The Zombies, The Appleseed Cast, Guided By Voices, Explosions In The Sky, Electric Prunes

June 21, 2010: Track reviews on CT Indie blog:

… Jayson Munro does some solid early ’90s guitar work that could be bookended by anything from the Lilys to Teenage Fanclub. … ‘Sir’ is definitely my favorite of these two preview tracks. … The track closes by going outdoors with found sounds, including some summery chirping. Makes me think the song just floated off out of the careless hand of a little girl like a birthday balloon.

EDIT: Aug. 3, 2010: Review on Hartford Courant’s SoundCheck blog by rock critic Eric Danton:

The quartet says it draws from ” ’60s psychedelia and ’90s indie and alternative,” with “hints at math rock and post-punk while maintaining the shimmer of classic pop sensibilities.” Although all of that is certainly true, it’s really just a complicated way of saying the band plays catchy rock ‘n’ roll with some unexpected twists and turns. … the group delivers a bracing blend of well-constructed songs on what is certainly a welcome introduction.

EDIT: Aug. 16, 2010: “Strangled In The Meadow” included on Beat The Indie Drum Monday Morning Tape #63.

EDIT: Sept. 25, 2010: Review on One Base On An Overthrow blog:

February’s most recent CD is from New Haven’s Ghost of Chance, and even though the vocals at times veer a bit too close to Smashing Pumpkins to be considered safe, the CD on the whole is an impressive bit of work. I think CT Indie nailed it with their Lilys/Teenage Fanclub comparison, so I won’t bother going any further. The opening track I’ve posted below, “Sir” (not to be confused with another fine opening track, Lotion’s “Dear Sir”, I guess), starts out quietly and ends quietly, but there’s a fairly messy ride in between. Word is that Ghost of Chance are on one of the final bills next month at the soon-to-be-shuttered Popeye’s Garage, along with The Field Recordings, so you know I’m planning on checking that one out.

EDIT: November 22, 2010: Ghost of Chance named as one of CT Indie’s “12 Local Bands To Be Thankful For” on The New Haven Register.

EDIT: December 14, 2010: Review in New Haven Advocate:

Records RIYL list includes Modest Mouse and Built to Spill and, maybe, live with a bassist and drummer, those comparisons might ring true. But this record, with drum and bass low in the mix, quirky time changes, big, wide reverb-wash and Mellotron patches aplenty sounds more like late-era, John Lennon Beatles. “Dreams” and “The Breath” are sonic reminders of “Julia” and “Across the Universe.” There’s a quote of the crazy guitar line from “She’s So Heavy” on “Vaporized Philanthropic Autopilot,” and “Livin’ Life to the Fullest” delights in mixing three- and four-beat bars. Random sounds, handclaps, pre-recorded voices, odd percussion and backwards tape sounds pop in and out. In short, it sounds sort of like The White Album, and that’s not a bad thing.