I haven't sent an update out in a couple of months. Quite frankly the label hit a really rough spot and it was incredibly taxing for me to maintain it recently, so I had to just go through a temporary shutdown period. In that time I didn't accept any mailorder and essentially stayed out of my warehouse space as much as possible so I could focus on other things and get life stuff back in order. If you've been waiting to pick up some records, or waited on an order to arrive, then I sincerely appreciate your patience. Things are now back in action and we're ready to get down to business, there's so much going on right now, get your reading pants on...
GILEAD MEDIA ONLINE STORE IS BACK! AND SIMPLER!
I've taken it upon myself to devolve the Gilead Media mailorder page back to a simple paypal shopping cart system. So the only login you need is when you checkout through paypal. In addition to this, all orders that ship within the USA will only be charged $3 for shipping regardless of order size. Neat, huh? Check it out - http://www.gileadmedia.net/store
NEW GILEAD MEDIA RELEASES FOR ORDER/PREORDER
Alongside debuting the devolved store, I've also opened up a couple new items for order, and a third will be debuting in the next week. The new items currently available for pre/order are...
Arms Aloft "Comfort At Any Cost" CDEP - $4.75
I never thought I'd be writing a description for a punk record on Gilead Media but here we are, and I simply cannot praise this band enough. Arms Aloft offer passionate songs with incredible & intelligent lyrics in a style that goes above and beyond the confines of punk. These songs are the very definition of catchy, all the while maintaining a style that feels so close to your heart and honest in it's delivery. Some people will refer to them as pop punk, and that's fine. But it's in my belief that Arms Aloft has simply figured out how to channel the raw energy and excitement that has been missing from more melodic punk over the past few years and focus it into something familiar yet reinvigorated with the vitality it has needed. SHIPPING IMMEDIATELY
Krallice "Dimensional Bleedthrough" Gatefold 2LP - 2LP $16.00/2LP+Pre-order Shirt $26.00
THIS IS A PRE-ORDER, ALL ORDERS SHOULD SHIP AROUND 4/16
Krallice return with a full-length record that is leaps and bounds beyond their self-titled debut. Everything is MORE here, more droning black metal riffage, more intense metal parts and a greater sense of composition. On Dimesional Bleedthrough you can really feel that the Krallice has found a groove where they are comfortable and focused.
Some people say Krallice aren't trvly a black metal band, and that may very well be the case. Perhaps they've reached a point where they transcend the realms of what black metal has been, ascended to this new level where Dimensional Bleedthrough takes us. A level where it can be more progressive and more technical without limitations of some fuzzy indecipherable recording. Where other elements of metal can find themselves entwined in the cryptically crafted songs, creating something new and wonderful. If that's not your thing, that's fine. But that's where I'll gladly be.
ALL ORDERS WILL SHIP WITH KRALLICE LOGO PATCH+METALLIC 1" BUTTON - YOU MAY ALSO CHOOSE TO ORDER THE 2LP WITH A GILEAD MEDIA EXCLUSIVE TSHIRT (IMAGE BELOW) PRINTED ON ANVIL RINGSPUN FASHION FIT TEES, THIS OPTION WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE UNTIL 4/6.
And available for order next week...
Get Rad "I Can Always Live" CD/Gatefold LP
CD+GATEFOLD LP SHIP 3/30
NOT READY TO ORDER QUITE YET, BUT WITHIN A WEEK, STAY TUNED!
You know, I've been a huge fanboy for everything Dave Rudnik (Bass - Get Rad, other stuff in Seven Days of Samsara, High on Crime, Kungfu Rick, and a ton of other righteous bands) since I started getting into hardcore. In addition, I was always a huge Since by Man fan (Kevin, vocals for Get Rad played guitar for SBM). So naturally when I first heard about Get Rad I was really excited to see what it was all about. I was never let down. Every release reveals more and more how much can be awesome and righteous in hardcore. Get Rad are about as good as it gets.
When Dave proposed the idea of Gilead working with Hyperrealist to release the new Get Rad full length, I Can Always Live, how the hell could I possibly even say no to that. There was no decision to be made, quite frankly. It had to happen. Not only because of my aforementioned love for the band, but because I've come to find a great friend in Pat who runs Hyperrealist, and I've really just been looking for a good reason to work on a record with him. Just perfect.
So, April 2010 we will present what I strongly feel is one of the best hardcore records I've heard in years. Get Rad capture an energy and excitement that I've come to think was lost in hardcore. I am elated to be involved in the process of releasing the record. "I Can Always Live" will be presented in CD and Gatefold LP format (with digital download). Get stoked, stay rad.
ALL ORDERS SHIP WITH RANDOMLY COLORED GET RAD LOGO PATCH+METALLIC 1" BUTTON - YOU MAY ALSO CHOOSE TO ORDER THE CD OR LP WITH AN EXCLUSIVE PRE-ORDER ONLY TSHIRT (IMAGE BELOW) PRINTED ON ANVIL RINGSPUN FASHION FIT TEES, THIS OPTION WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE UNTIL 3/30.
NEW TSHIRTS EXCLUSIVE TO GILEAD MEDIA!
Check em out/buy online here: http://www.gileadmedia.net/store/merch.htm
Thou "Triumph of the Will" Shirt - $12.00
Brand new Leech design, and excxlusive to Gilead Media. Printed on Grey colored Royal apparel tshirt with water-based ink. Fit is very similar to American Apparel.
Leech "Rune" Shirt - $10.00
Brand new Thou design, and excxlusive to Gilead Media. Printed on Slate colored organic Royal apparel tshirt. Fit is very similar to American Apparel. Back print has "Thou" logo with "Baton Rouge, Louisana" small below the neckline.
NEW DISTRO ITEMS AVAILABLE NOW!
Check em out/buy online here: http://www.gileadmedia.net/store/distro.htm
Ancient Sky "Ancient Sky" LP - $8.00
Released by Perpetual Motion Machine, from the label: This is the first official release for Brooklyn-based, Virginia-natives ANCIENT SKY. Consisting of two pairs of close childhood friends with intertwining musical pasts, the group features current and former members of DARKEST HOUR, CITY OF CATERPILLAR, MAJORITY RULE, GHASTLY CITY SLEEP, VERSE EN COMA and YOU ARE THE DRUM, though they tread very different waters with ANCIENT SKY.
Largely influenced by classic psychedelic rock, the band isn't afraid to visit bizarre and far-out worlds with unique sounds and structures that walk the line between fierce and subtle, and occasionally flirt with epic-ness, making for an interesting mix of heavy, hypnotic rock with plenty of hooks and Americana influences. This 7-song collection of songs was laid to tape at Brooklyn's Seaside Lounge Studios in March 2009 with producer/engineer Mike Kutchman at the helm and was mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering. http://www.gileadmedia.net/store/distro.htm
The Catalyst "Swallow Your Teeth" LP - $9.00
Released by Perpetual Motion Machine, from the label: After seven long years, numerous mind-bending demos, eps, and splits, and a litany of tours criss-crossing the United States and Europe, Richmond, Virginia’s best kept secret THE CATALYST offer up their first full length album, Swallow Your Teeth, a noisy, mathy, spacey, heavy, feedback-soaked behemoth of sonic destruction. Still channeling a wide range of hardcore, punk, grunge, noise rock, and sludge influences and not afraid to show their love for NIRVANA, FUGAZI, SONIC YOUTH, THE JESUS LIZARD, BORN AGAINST and most of the AMPHETAMINE REPTILE back catalog, Swallow Your Teeth displays the band’s creative prowess and power fully matured and realized.
Swallow Your Teeth was recorded and mixed in May 2009 by Steve Roche (Off Minor) and mastered by Carl Saff (Young Widows). Painter and friend Raymond Klecker, who did the artwork for the band’s Marianas Trench EP, created cover artwork for the album http://www.gileadmedia.net/store/distro.htm
Get Rad "What the Fuck Happened to Common Sense" 12" - $9.00
Blue vinyl/one-sided 12". Released by Underground Communique records. From the label: A 9 song one sided LP/EP from Milwaukee/Minneapolis's Get Rad called "What the Fuck Happened to Common Sense"
Recorded with Shane from Call Me Lightning at Howl Street Studios. The band brings what I believe as their best recorded material to date, a recording finally matching the power of seeing the band live... though Shane warned me that the upcoming second full LP on Hypperrealist/Gilead Media might be better than this...time will tell...well time and hearing the other songs.
Originally 3 of these songs were going to go on the Sweet Cobra split 7" but that idea is sidelined right now until Sweet Cobra finishes writing new songs. That split will definitely still happen, just not yet...so we decided to combine the whole recording session into one EP instead and solve the problem of having songs for a split and a separate 7" but no split band and no one to release a separate 7". http://www.gileadmedia.net/store/distro.htm
Kowloon Walled City "Gambling on the Richter Scale" LP+CD - $10.00
Released by Perpetual Motion Machine, from the label: On Gambling on the Richter Scale, their first full-length, San Francisco's Kowloon Walled City add a touch of finesse to the grinding pummel introduced on last year’s Turk Street EP, which drew comparisons to Neurosis, The Melvins and other low-end explorers, from the ‘90s AmRep roster to the current crop of sludgecore contenders. These eight new crushing tracks unleash a barrage of noisy, down-tuned hardcore and sludge. Limited to 500 copies http://www.gileadmedia.net/store/distro.htm
Litany for the Whale "Dolores" 12" - $7.00
Released by Perpetual Motion Machine, from the label: On their debut EP, Dolores, this four-piece exploit a gruffer take on heavy music, surrounding it with wailing feedback, darkened ambiance, and harmonious melodies. The end result is a chaotic and complex mix of hardcore, punk and metal elements, soaked with devastating levels of distortion, bass, and layered vocals. Their 23+ minute, 7-song EP was recorded at Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati, CA by Eric Leavell, with mastering handled by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering in Chicago, IL. The record comes packaged in heavy, black and white jackets with beautiful artwork created by Chris Taylor (Pg99, Pygmy Lush) and a lyric sheet; all copies on colored vinyl. http://www.gileadmedia.net/store/distro.htm
Thou "Peasant" Gatefold LP - $12.00
Released by Level Plane Records. Their second full length available as a gatefold LP with minimalist artwork. Super melodic sludge that I feel is a bit different from their more "Thou" sound. This is the last of these, won't be restocked! http://www.gileadmedia.net/store/distro.htm
EXCELLENT TOUR DATES!
Krallice and Thou both have some pretty awesome tour dates lined up, if you live in the area definitely make an attempt to check em out.
Thou tour dates: http://noladiy.org/thoutour.html
Krallice tour dates: http://www.myspace.com/krallice
There's the goods for today, please get in touch if you find any bugs in the store, but I tested it out and everything should be working just dandy.
Thanks to all for your support over the last 5 years. The ability to run Gilead Media as a one-man operation with occasional-time assistance from friends and family has been something incredible and I owe it all to the folks who have supported the label & bands. Again, I thank you!
Talk to you soon.