AIRSTRIP Willing
Release Date (CD + digital):  2/5/2013
Release Date (LP):  3/5/2013
 
 
 
 
Take the guitar-driven indie rock sound we all love, strip it naked and paint it with blood, then film it from an oblique, David Lynchian angle, and you might achieve the infectiously discomforting aesthetic Airstrip have perfected on Willing. Described as “Nightmare Pop” by frontman Matthew Park, Airstrip’s music is confrontational, hypnotic, and dark. Park formed Airstrip in the wake of his previous band Veelee’s demise, recruiting players from left-of-center NC heavy hitters Horseback, Caltrop, and Gross Ghost to bring an undeniable sonic weight to his gloomy, laconic melodies. After touring regionally in 2012, landing a spot at Raleigh’s Hopscotch Festival and opening for Godspeed You Black Emperor, Airstrip entered Track and Field Studios in Carrboro to record their debut full-length, Willing.

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CALTROP Ten Million Years and Eight Minutes
Release Date: 4/3/2012
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  Ten Million Years and Eight Minutes, the long-awaited follow-up to Caltrop’s much-loved World Class (HFQ 2008), finds North Carolina’s titans of Southern psych-rock in rarefied form, exhibiting the confident and focused sound a band achieves only after years of playing together in the same room. ┬áCaltrop’s live-in-the-studio approach may bring to mind classic heavy hitters like Blue Cheer, Black Sabbath and The Allman Brothers, but unlike lesser bands on a similar trip, Caltrop carefully shapes their songs so that each riff follows its predecessor with an uncanny logic: the effect is that of an impossibly heavy object carried ever-upward on delicate, silken wings. ┬áSimultaneously crushing and uplifting, Caltrop’sTen Million Years and Eight Minutes makes believers of us all. As one particularly inspired fan has been known to yell during their unparalleled live performances, “Caltrop: There is no substitute!”

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