Friday, 4 February 2011

The Taxpayers - To Risk So Much For One Damn Meal

I didn't want to destroy the integrity of this email that I received from The Taxpayers because they definitely described the album better than I could have ever. Despite the awful format of the email and highly overused underlines, bolds, and punctuation, the album/band is incredibly awesome. They are goofballs, but they can make really good music so it's alright with me. Definitely check it out! It's on Quote Unquote Records so you know its good and you know it's free.

How are you on this splendid February day??? I am writing to you on behalf of my band The Taxpayers (a DIY punk band from Portland, OR) from inside a storage contained in Florida! We moved here for the winter as snow birds and live in our practice space/storage container deemed "The Pauly Shore". It's a modest place. We also bring other news! We recorded our third and newest full-length album and I am submitting it to you for your listening enjoyment (or disgust)! It is titled: To Risk So Much For One Damn Meal. I remember y'all posted our last album up and I wanted to pass this along to you! Thanks for all the kind words last time!!!! Thanks a million.

This sucker took nearly a year to complete, and was recorded everywhere from Minneapolis to Portland, in houses, warehouses, parks, and even in the preschool classroom where Rob Taxpayer teaches (elementary school pianos have a special sound, ya know?). It's got a bunch of different sounds going on, what the Free Music Archive calls, “a Beck-like license to strip two vast histories of sound down to their barest essentials, and mix them back together into super-catchy, genre-bending anthems about failed revolutions and lives well wasted”. This album's got bluegrass, ragtime, swing, 80's hardcore, blues, and a little Springsteen-esque nostalgia.

The best part is this, in my opinion. To Risk So Much for One Damn Meal is getting released in 4 different formats. The super awesome legendary punk label Plan-It-X Records (home of Japanther, Kimya Dawson, Andrew Jackson Jihad, This Bike is a Pipe Bomb, and a hell of a lot more) is releasing it on vinyl and CD, Tiger Force Ultra is releasing it on cassette tape, and of course, Quote Unquote Records (Bomb the Music Industry!) is releasing it for free/donations. Our label, Useless State, is releasing it as a ZINE. Novelist/zinester/painter Keith Rosson has designed the zine, and it includes essays, science experiments, song explanations, and more, and the last page contains a sleeve for the CD.

We're really proud of this album and I hope you enjoy it! Here is a link to the album (complete with spelling errors and song explanations!)


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