After six months of grueling setup, Eschatone Records is ready. Our first release: Michael Bassett’s puddleskinwaving, one of my all-time top-five albums, on October 10. It’ll be in stores nationwide, on all the radio stations that matter, and Mike will be touring in support.
The puddleskinwaving packaging has been completely refurbished – we turned up all kinds of cool stuff that wasn’t in Mike’s original self-release. Want to see the album cover? Okay:
The US debut from German punks wax.on wax.off, A Lecture on Geek Mythology, follows on November 14. Not only does this album kick like a motherfucker, but Eschatone’s own Brian Dewan provides the cover art! At this label, we got each other’s backs.
That last sentence really sums up the experience of starting up this company. It’s been a shitload of work, but really beautiful. Eschatone is one of my few musical endeavors where partners have supported me instead of fighting all the way. The result: with everyone pulling in the same direction, we’ve gone from an idea to a nationally-distributed record label with six great artists and a full promotion machine in just a few short months. We’ve done it fast but we’ve done it thoughtfully and we’ve done it right. I feel like I can pause here for a moment – just one – and congratulate Lisa, Joe and myself.
Okay, enough of that shit… back to work.
The Rebellion is only a couple days away from getting into the studio. All new material, including a couple songs so fresh I’m still shoring up holes in the verses. We plan on prereleasing the first six songs digitally this fall – in advance of a full-length CD next year.
Michael Bassett, The Visitors and wax.on wax.off will all be touring to promote their fall/winter Eschatone releases and The Rebellion will join each of them for select live dates! This is gonna be fun.