2015 was exciting and ground-breaking and satisfying beyond belief.
We recorded a few new songs that will be released in 2016, prepped the artwork for the Dense Pack 10-inch (which is also coming in 2016, I swear!), and played a few wonderful shows with some wonderful bands. We are rehearsing in a new space (Thanks, Steve Sturgis!) and continuing to record with Jon Crawford. The most remarkable feat, however, was the launch of the 5-year long project called "The Great Wckr Spgt Buy-In," an extended performance art piece that will culminate in The Great Wckr Spgt Sell-Out of 2020. A concert with rock revolutionaries Sssssss! at The Press in Claremont kicked things off, followed in May by another show with Sssssss! at The Black Watch. A new Rock Opera called "The Anger Ladder" was premiered at the dA Center for the Arts in July alongside stellar appearances by Witches of Malibu, Bedcrumbs, and Too Fat to Die. Furniture Three played the Ker-Fjord fest in December along with DUNJN, Furniture Huschle, Goon, The Parentals, Sacred Destinies, Kevin Greenspon, and Mandarin Dynasty. The year wrapped up with two Wckr Spgt shows in December - one at The Press with Franklin Bruno and the other (not a part of the Buy-In) at The Complex with Savage Republic and Raw Power Rangers.
But the most daring and experimental event was the "Summer Sitting Series," held once a month at the dA Center for the Arts between June and August in 2015. During these three sessions, Wckr Spgt posed for artists to paint, draw, photograph, and otherwise record their art using Wckr Spgt as a live model. There was light music, conversation, plenty of art, and a sense of adventure at each of these sessions, capped off by live accompaniment by the wonderfully talented Restaurnaut during the August session. All Buy-In events, including the "Summer Sitting Series" and the live concerts, are archived on a YouTube playlist called "The Great Wckr Spgt Buy-In."
Thank you for a successful first year of The Great Wckr Spgt Buy-In! The remaining four are sure to build and grow and develop, especially with the continued support from the Patreon campaign and the efforts of our incredible fans. We didn't have any full-length release this year but we did have several other projects come out; "Stephen Plummer Presents His Favourite Wckr Spgt Songs", a greatest hits package curated by Stephen Plummer was a joint release from car door effect and unread #172 and came out in May. The Furniture Three album "Ballad Tsar (I Am The)" featuring Furniture Huschle, Erica Three, and Drip Trickle was also released in May on unread records and tapes. A video of the song "You're Killing Me" from that release was posted in June. And finally, the compilation "Counterfeit Blanks," the Shrimper 25th Anniversary Cassette, came out in October featuring the Wckr Spgt song "Deep Regrets and Deeper Joys." Our 2016 plans include an internship program, the continued live-streaming of our Buy-In shows, and the expanded efforts of our social media presence. We will have a big surprise in January (a song release... shhhh), the "Dense Pack" record, and some experimental recordings that will push our creative edges even further out. I hope to see you all there! Thanks for making 2015 so enjoyable and we look forward to seeing you in 2016. Take care!
2014 was busy and exciting and full of movement. We saw the release of two Wckr Spgt recordings, played a smattering of live shows, and mixed down and prepped a release for 2015. We also extended our digital footprint, making it easier than ever to access all of your favorite Wckr Spgt products. Our first 2014 release - the result of our 2013 PledgeMusic campaign - came out on May 21, 2014. It's called "Motorboat the Woe" and it turned out really nice. The second release is the "Top Down EP" which came out July 4th on Unread Records and also turned out sounding pretty good. We had two tangential recordings: Furniture Huschle's "I Am An Industry" came out in late 2013 (that's tangential, right?) and the Cash Nexus release "The Long Fade" is on Charlie McAlister's Spew Geyser label. We also followed Jon Crawford from his Interstellar Studios to his NEW and super-deluxe studio at Pangea. He's really building out a beautiful space there and we're looking forward to working in it. Our live shows included two shows with the magnificent David Kenneth Nance, a show with Simon Joyner and Wooden Wand, and a performance with Michael C. Ford and others to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the dA Center for the Arts. there was a special show for Luigi and Antonietta Falagario with Wckr Spgt, Lou Barlow, and Refrigerator, and we played a gig at the Hi Brow with Cougar Estrada on drums. It was a full and diverse year, to say the least! Looking into the future we see the Shrimper Records release of our 10" vinyl record "Dense Pack", recorded with Don Bolles last year. It is a punk rock record through and through and we think you'll dig it. We will also be recording more material with Jon at the controls and playing some shows here and there. Perhaps most daunting of all is the impending start to an ambitious 5-year long project called "The Great Wckr Spgt Buy-In." A concert at The Press in Claremont kicks off this extended performance art piece that will culminate in The Great Wckr Spgt Sell-Out of 2020. Bring your "Field Log and Collector's Record" booklet to Wckr Spgt events between 2015 and 2020 to participate. There will be ways to participate electronically, too, so watch for details as they unfold throughout the performance piece. It's going to be a long and joyful ride! Thanks for making 2014 so enjoyable and we look forward to seeing you in 2015. Take care!
The Great Wckr Spgt Buy-In is an extended performance piece that will culminate in The Great Wckr Spgt Sell-Out of 2020. Buy in anytime in the next 5 years and you will be guaranteed an opportunity to participate in the big sell-out. Details will be unveiled throughout the 5-year performance so don't keep your eye on any spot in particular. It's going to be a long, slow ride. http://www.wckrspgt.com/spgt/buy-in.html
Coming off of 2012 was pretty easy. 2012 was quietly productive with one release, "Shitty Lou", some songs recorded for future compilations, and some planning for 2013.
And 2013 certainly saw the fruits of those labors! Oh, yes! The tribute to Kris Kristofferson (The Rising Cost of Livin' High and Lovin' Hard) was released in February, the double cassette compilation Smashed 40 : Slummer Jams came out in April, and the holiday compilation Comfort & Joy was released in December. We also produced and recorded a special wedding song in June called Harmony Wedding Song. Lots of songs strewn about to spice up the place and accent our other projects.
We played five shows in 2013: at The Press, with Max Kala and Savage Republic at American Legion Post 30, at dba256 Winebar & Lounge, with Night Control at the Black Watch, and with Refrigerator at Rhino Records.
We completed a successful PledgeMusic campaign to offset the cost of a massive recording project. Produced and recorded by Geza X, first at Paul Roessler's Kitten Robot Studio and then at Geza's new studio at The Vortex in Los Angeles, this project resulted in TWO full-length records featuring a bushel of guest stars including Don Bolles, Michael Gerald (Killdozer), Emily Moultrie, and Geza X. It was an amazing experience and one for the history books. You'll be able to hear the results when they are released in 2014.
2014 will see a few more shows and another recording project, this time with Omaha's greatest export David Kenneth Nance. If you haven't seen or heard David's music, I strongly urge you to look it up. He is gritty and honest and raw and rockin'. We are working on some new songs with him that will be a grimy experience for sure! You'll hear the results of that project in 2015. In the meantime, 2014 will afford us all the ability to experience a generous serving of live Wckr Spgt shows, two fresh new releases, some wonderful art, and some more wonderful music, so keep your ears peeled and your eyes sharp.
Thanks for making 2013 so memorable. We hope you are healthy and happy and and we'll see you in 2014!
The Wckr Spgt PledgeMusic Campaign is up and running through September. There's a new Wckr Spgt recording in the works and we're asking for YOUR HELP to bring it to life. Right now it's just a notion. A preconceived notion. Help us conceive it. That's not a political statement about the "right to life," it's a simple syrup of sexy aural desire. This is MUSIC we're talking about here!
This cool new recording is being produced by legendary LA artist and producer Geza X in his new studio at The Vortex, a community center in Downtown Los Angeles. The basic tracks have been recorded at Paul Roessler's Kitten Robot Studios. Seriously.
This is Wckr Spgt with all of the energy, consciousness-streaming, and free will that you've come to expect from the world's foremost Indieground artists. It's really good and we want YOU to hear it.
Please won't you consider chipping in?
Go to: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/wckr-spgt-zero
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