PREORDER: Single Bullet Theory – c. '79 [WHITE VINYL] - New LP
PREORDER: SHIPS AROUND SEPTEMBER 22.
Feel it Records (and Green Noise) give a ton of focus on the circa now, but sometimes along comes something roller-skating out of the past that you got to get into the ears of the people of the planet...blank generation...sneaker generation... enter Single Bullet Theory (Richmond, Virginia circa 1979)...coming at you to sock it to you..serving it up and delivering the goods like a roller-skating tray of hot dogs and root beers, foot-longs and frosty mugs on a dog day in the summertime...roller rinking across the cement floor at some warehouse out there at the edge of town...essential listen for all you teeny boppers at the hop at the gymnasium of rock n roll high school...perfect for all you power poppers and punk rockers out there in neverland ...action-packed sounds for the now generation! -- winch
"My first image of Single Bullet Theory was a little oasis of attitude on a flatbed truck in an empty lot in conservative downtown Richmond, Virginia, during a music festival in 1977. I’d had enough of drunken preppies and good ole boys. I wanted a sound to match my mood. Single Bullet Theory was the right band for the moment. They didn’t sound like any band in town. They didn’t look like one either. The lead singer, alternating between guitar and sax, wore his dark hair Prince Valiant style, with a tailored white jacket and a large shiny saxophone pin on his lapel. They absolutely tore it up, and afterwards my ears rang for three days. The band had formed in 1976 from the ashes of Big Naptar, Crossbreed, and X-Breed, bands which had mixed cover songs and originals with a garage, punk feel. Their edgy style matched their origins in the bohemian art school culture of Richmond’s Fan District neighborhood in the 1970s, as a fresh wave of music flowed from New York and England brandishing an aggressive sound with a clever attitude to match. SBT took that sound further – loose, high energy and, with three guitars, loud. They made their name playing free warehouse parties and half-dollar cover shows at local bars. In early 1978 the band played at an art opening party for Andy Warhol at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the staid heart of Richmond. More than 6,500 people mobbed the place. This was a band that opened for The Patti Smith Group, Talking Heads, and The Stranglers. And toured with The Ramones and The Pretenders. They knew VU’s John Cale and courted him to produce their first record. He couldn’t, one of the near misses that marked the history of a band that could never quite get the right producer or record deal to capture their live sound and place them in the middle of a rock ‘n roll revolution. They recorded the songs on this EP during the late 1970s, about midway through their glorious run, and it captures the band’s energy. These are the first tracks SBT has released since their eponymous LP, issued on Nemperor Records, more than 40 years ago...These songs, this band, those heady days." - Michael Martz
releases September 22, 2023
Miss 2-Knives most likely recorded at Sound Box Studios, Arlington, VA (we don't remember). Produced by Malcolm Peplow and SBT.
I've Got A Secret and Winter Is Melting Away recorded at Minot Sound Studio, White Plains, NY. Produced by T.P. Minogue, Rick Witkowski, and SBT.
I Know Better Now recorded at No Evil Multimedia, Washington, DC. Produced by Malcolm Peplow, Bill Murray, and SBT.
Thanks to Litt Roden and Bo Jacobs for digital tape conversions.
Mastered by Carl Saff, Saff Mastering, Chicago, IL.
Special thanks to Sam Richardson at Feel It Records.