Thursday, 19 February 2015

The Belltowers - Here To Stay b/w Lovin' You (Leading Me On) MSR-08

Florida based folk-rock group The Belltowers have been going since 2006, Market Square are proud to be releasing their second 45rpm single and the labels eighth release.

Here To Stay b/w Lovin' You (Leading Me On) hears The Belltowers continuing in their Byrdsian take-over, following on from their debut 45 on Hidden Volume Records, The Belltowers continue with their high quality twelve-string janglers and Paisley-Underground inspired folk-rock.

The Band consist of ex-Lears frontman Paul Mutchler - Vocals & 12 String Guitars, Eddie Foeller - Guitars, Mandolin and Harp, Marshall Huggins - Bass and Keys and Thomas Miller - Drums & Percussion.

'Here To Stay' the A-side, hits with perfect paisley pop stylings, recounting early 80s bands such as The Rain Parade and The Three O'Clock, the song ebbs and weaves, with continuous Rickenbacker jangle, harmonies and an underlying Hammond organ swirling gently beneath, the break has an interesting backwards guitar solo and overall shows a great level on musicianship and songwriting skills from The Belltowers.

The B-side 'Lovin' Me'  is a short and sweet jangler, Mutchler sounding more like Roger McGuinn than McGuinn himself, the track also has a sort of Long Ryders country-rock feel to it also, great drum fills permeate the scene whilst the compressed treble-tone action of the Rickenbacker 12 string guitar chimes through.

The Belltowers like countless other groups in America right now are recording and writing great music, Market Square Records are pleased to be releasing the likes of these groups in Europe and giving them a chance to have their music on the great format of 45rpm 7" wax.

Recorded in Orlando, Florida  Winter 2014                                                              RELEASED - 16th March 2015

Limited to 300 copies only, homed in a Market Square company sleeve, contains multi-coloured hand-numbered inserts and a limited 150 qty Q&A insert

Available to purchase via  plus numerous outlets worldwide, email me to find out if the 45 is near to where you live.

Check out The Belltowers on Facebook.

The Ar-kaics - Always The Same b/w Let Me In MSR-07

The Ar-kaics blasted into the world in 2013 releasing their debut 45 on Speakertree Records, since then the band has gathered momentum with continuous live shows across North America and a handful of really hip 45s on various labels and the release of their cool self-titled debut LP released on Windian in 2014.

2015 sees the label release the bands fifth 45rpm single  'Always The Same b/w Let Me In, which is also the seventh release on underground Sussex based label Market Square Records.

The Virginia based quartet featuring Kevin Longendyke - Guitar & Vocals,  Johnny Ward - Guitar & Vocals, Patty Conway - Drums &  Tim Abondello - Bass, together have a great way of putting their frustrations and angst onto a 45rpm groove and on this Market Square release you can hear it.

Top-Side 'Always The Same' kicks off with Patty Conway's primal drumming, her drum style has echoes of Miriam Linna about it, the group then launch into a three-chord tirade with Kevin singing  frustratingly about the boredoms of love, typical in the 60s garage-punk fashion this track is a 'girl done bad' type punker, the guitar solo in the break recalls The Keggs and overall the track has a Cramps meets Troggs feel.

The Flip  'Let Me In' sees The Ar-kaics enter more moodier climates, the track kicks in with reverb heavy guitars and in general has a real "bummed-out" feel to it, but this is where the genius lies, the track ebbs and flows for 4 minutes, yet the track is weirdly hypnotic, there is a real desperation in 'Let Me In'.  As the track builds with throbbing bass and tremolo feedback, Kevin wails in utter sadness "....But You Won't Let Me In?"  its confused and genius.

Market Square are proud and pleased to be releasing this 45 for The Ar-kaics, they're one of the few groups out there who are not sell-outs any genuine fans of rock n roll and punk rock, should invest in this 45 and also check out the bands other releases.

Recorded in Richmond Virginia Winter 2014                                                              RELEASED - 16th March 2015    SOLD OUT

Limited to 300 copies only, housed in a super authentic brown paper bag and a hand-numbered postcard 

Available to purchase via  plus numerous outlets worldwide, email me to find out if the 45 is near to where you live.

Check out The Ar-kaics on Bandcamp &  Facebook