Having just dropped "Stay Here" earlier this week, Fox Teeth are on a roll. The Central Jersey band just announced their sophomore record, "Through The Blue," arriving on 3/31.
Through the Blue, is a different sort of record. It’s got that classic, jangly, melodic emo sound (Adventures, Tigers Jaw), but leans into a darker, dreamier space. one that shows how comfortable Fox Teeth have become with emptiness.
We couldn't possibly think of a more Lovely way to start a new year than with new music from James Barrett. Channeling influence from some of the Pennsylvania songwriter's favorites, The National & Gangs of Youth, James shares a wonderful introspective slow burner.
Following the 2021 release of his sophomore album, A Series of... Mostly Nothing, James found himself struggling to write new music as he reflected on his own life. I'll let him share the story in his own words:
"This song hit me out of nowhere. I have been stuck in a writers block for a long time. I have only been able to write small bits and piece of songs but haven't been able to get a full one done in so long. I had a friend over one night to watch football and in between the commercial break I picked up my guitar and immediately started playing the main riff in the song. I quickly recorded it on my phone and the next day I went to my guitarist and producers house to try and see what we could come up with. That morning before I got there I wrote the first verse but then I wrote the rest of the lyrics that day. It just came super naturally. This song mainly just deals with growing older and reflecting on yourself and those who were once in your life. I wrote this right at the start of fall while the trees transitioned from lively to dead, which is typically a very thought provoking time of year for me. The rest of the song took about a month to finish recording. We just kept adding things until we felt like it was finally complete."
Please welcome Fox Teeth to the Refresh fam! Hailing from Central Jersey, this band has been cutting their teeth (no pun intended) and crafting a more mature and developed sound over the past few years. Their newest single, "Two Emos (And Some Checkered Vans), is out now on all platforms and it's as driving as it is dreamy!
The Hermit by Birthday Dad is out now! Helmed by Californian songwriter Alex Periera, the band's debut full-length counters anxiety and isolation with humor and the power of the internet. Listen here and pre-order a copy on baby pink cassette.
"Accented by some somber horns, the piano-led waltz wouldn’t feel out of place on [Bright Eyes'] Lifted, but Birthday Dad also adds a more theatrical feel that keeps things from staying too stuck in the soil." - The Alternative
"Your singer sounds like he has a cold / no nose. There's a market out there that likes this kind of music, fans of The Front Bottoms." - Reddit user emodro
Big news! Birthday Dad's debut album, The Hermit, drops on September 9th!Made during a time of global isolation, songwriter Alex Periera turned to the internet to create a work of art with musicians across the world that's as expansive as it is existential.
If you told us a year ago that we’d join forces with not just one, but two incredible peer record labels, we’d think you were out of your mind. You just never know what exciting places life will lead you to.
Today we’re very pleased to share that Know Hope Records has agreed to merge with Refresh Records. We’re also stoked to announce that Know Hope Records founder, Shawn Dorsey, will be joining the Refresh team as a label manager.
Founded in Philadelphia in 2016, Know Hope Records has been carving a path through the independent music world, releasing new music from artists such as String Machine, Lakes, Sleepy Limbs, twentythreenineteen, Frames, innerlove., and more. We’re stoked to share more from Know Hope artists with you over the months and years to come.
Philadelphia-based independent record label KNOW HOPE RECORDS has entered into a merger agreement with REFRESH RECORDS.
Under the new agreement, Know Hope Records catalog will be acquired by Refresh Records, with founder Shawn Dorsey joining the Refresh Records team in a management capacity. Know Hope Records will wind down operations over the course of 2022, and Refresh Records will take over direct-to-customer fulfillment, as well as administration of the rights associated with Know Hope Records catalog of releases.
“Since starting Refresh back in 2015, I've always had a big focus on DITogether and have been excited to collaborate with musicians, artists, labels, and other partners across the music world to grow together,” says Refresh Records owner, Josh Higgins. “Through numerous discussions with Shawn, we both felt that Know Hope and Refresh’s artists overlapped in many ways; sonically, socially, and otherwise. I am certain that this merger will be a great opportunity for every artist to reach new audiences and grow together.”
As for the artists associated with Know Hope Records, Josh went on to say, “I’ve been a big fan of the roster that Know Hope has curated and am stoked to have conversations with each and every artist about their upcoming plans and music. I felt it was critical to the merger that all artists are freed of future obligations to Know Hope and given the opportunity to join the Refresh family of their own volition. We have an open door and open arms for any Know Hope artists who wish to continue working with Shawn, and now the Refresh team.”
“Today is a bittersweet day,” Shawn adds. ”I am beyond grateful for every artist that I was lucky to work with at KHR, all of the passionate and dedicated people that have worked at the label, every person that has gone to a show, bought a record, or just supported KHR in your own way. With that said, I am extremely excited and grateful to be joining the amazing team at Refresh Records.”
The merger is the latest example of Refresh Record’s focus on growth through the sharing of knowledge and resources. Earlier in 2022, Refresh Records announced a partnership with Texas-based Chillwavve Records, bringing new opportunities to the growing Chillwavve roster and raising the collective profile of both record labels. With the merger of Know Hope Records, the Refresh family will now manage over 150 releases from artists spanning the independent music spectrum, including Young Mister, String Machine, Hit Like a Girl, Cliffdiver, twentythreenineteen, Joan of Arc, Keep for Cheap, Ben Quad, Biitchseat, Lakes, and more.
"Bundle," the debut full-length from Keep for Cheap, is out now on all streaming platforms! The Minnesota-based indie rockers craft a sound that's equally dynamic as it is heart-felt. Stream it here and order a copy on red translucent vinyl.
"Float," the debut full-length album from Cleveland's very own Biitchseat is out now! Stream it here and be sure to order a copy on ghostly tangerine vinyl.
"Cleveland’s Biitchseat is about to have a big year." - The Alternative
"Biitchseat manage to make you feel understood and not alone. It's excellent music for mild summer evenings, cozy at home on the balcony, with a drink in hand and at peace with yourself." - ArtNoir
"...the 10 tracks on “Float” feel more lushly textured, as opposed to the group’s straightforward earlier work. The branches are the same, and on “Float” they’ve burst with flowers and leaves." - Cleveland.com