Listen to the album and buy it here:
The details for the release party are as follows:
Friday June 10
Uptown VFW (2916 Lyndale Ave S)
with Black Market Brass and Ruben
9 PM / 21+ / $8
Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/1243870268964614/
Now, we'll discuss the fact that we are re-issuing an album that came out in late 2014.
Let me first say that Piñata Records loves Red Daughters, and loves Dealer. This album fits perfectly into our discography as something that sounds like it could have existed decades ago, but feels fresh and contemporary. Red Daughters clearly have classic rock influences (The Band, Allman Brothers, Neil Young), but blend them into something that's not derivative. This isn't flowery hippy rock; their lyrics are mean and unapologetic. They balance the lyrics with their most delicate arrangements, moving from lounge-act crooning to swirling organ/guitar crescendos. There are no interminable jams or wasted solos. This is compressed psychedelic Americana rock.
Most of Red Daughters grew up together in the northern Minneapolis suburb of Coon Rapids. They played in various bands throughout their teens and eventually put together Red Daughters, securing the services of Aaron "Hix" Lee on keyboards to finish their sound. They have a rootsy rock sound distinguished by their impeccably harmonized vocal parts, reminiscent of CSNY. Drummer Mark Hanson handles most of the lead vocals, and occasional turns from bassist Tony Beres and Hix, with the rest of the band singing backup. They self-released two very good albums and toured the US a few times, taking a "spirit journey" out west to smoke drugs, sit on rocks, and write the songs that would make up their next album.
|Via Facebook. Way out West.|
Soon after, they asked Piñata Records if we'd be interested in putting out the album on vinyl. We were coming off our busiest stretch to date, and had 5 releases in 5 months. It was not a good time for us to commit to another project, as much as we loved Red Daughters and their new album. Having worked on Dealer for such a long time, and thinking they were so close to having it out, they opted to just self-release it on CD so they could move on.
|Photo by Anthony Georgis|
There is truth to this. I need not link to the hundreds of articles published discussing the massive drop in CD sales while vinyl sales keep going up. Those weirdo music fans who still crave a physical object are increasingly more interested in owning shelves of LPs than CD cases. And these are often the same people who pay for a Spotify account and stream music at work and on the bus (Shit, I'm doing that right now). In Piñata's experience, vinyl outsells CDs by a large margin. It's often tempting to skip the 4-6 month waiting period to complete a vinyl order and just do CDs quickly for a much lower price and a bigger profit margin, but then they don't sell. Every time we've made a CD, we've wished we'd just done vinyl.