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Online Listening Party: Christmas at the Camp (Live Discussion in Comments)

Welcome to our first official online listening party!

We will be live with Jon and Zack from Re-Education Camp in the comment thread until 8 PM (Central Standard Time). Listen to the EP straight through using the SoundCloud player below, and chime in with your thoughts and questions in the comments section below. Ask about the production or behind the scene elements, influences, songwriting, your favorite track, or anything you want to talk about. We’ll try and stay live until every question is answered. Continue reading Online Listening Party: Christmas at the Camp (Live Discussion in Comments)

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Funny Tour Quotes on Twitter

This year’s tour effort was certainly a step up…

We drove over 3,000 miles in 9 days, spent over 40 hours in a very tightly-packed Envoy, and played North, South, East, and West of the places we call home (Owensboro, KY to Lafayette, Indiana to Chicago, IL to Paducah, KY to Russellville, AR to Dallas, TX to Jackson, MS to Acworth, GA to Bowling Green, KY).

Derek from Sempervivi kept a journal and tweeted out some of the funnier quotes on Twitter using the hash tag #tourquotes.

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Music Video: “Up the Wrong Tree” by Why They Came

Here it is!

The music video premiere for “Up the Wrong Tree” by Why They Came from the upcoming Holy War Hymnal LP, out Thanksgiving 2016. Directed by Ryan Staples (who also directed their music videos from The Scarecrow EP and Don’t Eat From the Candy Tree).

Click here to watch it on YouTube! Make sure to leave a comment and give it a big ol’ thumbs up while you’re there. We’d also appreciate it if you’d share it with as many friends as possible.

Holy War Hymnal will be released on Thanksgiving 2016, but it is available right now to our $3/month and up supporters on Patreon!

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Welcome 12 Parsecs to Home to the Family

We all have that one friend who is too good at everything. Luckily, at the label, we have a lot of those friends. One in particular is Zack Messick. You may know Zack from Re-Education Camp (If you don’t know Re-Education camp, then you should). We are extremely excited to announce that Zack has a solo project that he has graciously decided to release through Bad Apple Records. 

12 Parsecs to Home is the solo project of Zack Messick of Re-Education Camp. He enjoys just about every type of music there is, and most of it has had some sort of influence on his own sound. After writing and recording with REC, and performing with full band versions of All Around the Dinner Table and Sempervivi, he found himself with musical ideas that still weren’t being expressed.

14440914_293634031022545_8407277600065848434_nTales from Sol will be released on Halloween 2016, but it is available NOW for our supporters on Patreon!

Influenced by music ranging from classic/prog rock like Rush and Pink Floyd, the New Wave of the late seventies and early eighties, old school hip hop like Tribe Called Quest, modern pop, and coupled with a love for all things NASA and space-related themes, Zack Messick (bassist and composer for Re-Education Camp) created a unique sound for his debut full-length solo effort. Tales from Sol is an instrumental rock album delivering heavy doses synths, piano, and strong driving bass lines. It’s intended to tell the story of a weary traveler moving through the solar system, reflecting over past memories back on Earth. So, sit back and take yourself on a journey…

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Giving Your Gear a Facelift

Zack Messick from Re-Education CampContributed by Zack Messick of Re-Education Camp. Their album Psyop’s Boombox is available on iTunes.

Every musician remembers their first instrument. Some got it for a birthday, others for Christmas, or maybe it was purchased with money save up from a summer job. No matter how the instrument came to be owned, it holds a special place in the heart of the owner.

I remember my first bass. It was Christmas, and I was 12. After we had all opened our presents, there was a note that led me to the closet. When I opened the door, there was a brand new Squier P-Bass in cherry red with a white pickguard. It was beautiful.

The trouble is, that a lot of times a starter instrument is cheaper and lower quality. As a musician progresses, sometime they need more versatility or a different sound. Unfortunately, this often means that the first instrument gets traded in, or left forgotten in a closet.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. My first P-bass is still my primary instrument. Now it is nothing like it was when I first got it. In fact, the only thing still original about that bass is the body itself. But it’s soul is still there. Continue reading Giving Your Gear a Facelift