Cassette label Neotomic has been one to keep an eye on since last year’s split with Teen Runnings and Sea Lions. Home Recordings featured four tracks each from these Japanese and US bands, and anyone following Adrian Pillado’s soundcloud is familiar with the insane quality of his home demos. “Yesterday’s Today” might be one of his best songs, wonder if this will turn up in a full band version?
Earlier in the year Neotomic put out the first album from Brooklyn/Queens punk-pop group Beachniks. This came as a very welcome surprise, 4 years after their Captured Tracks 45. There are only a handful of cassettes left, but it’s now also available on vinyl from the band themselves. The sleeves have been painted by hand, just like the recently covered single by What Next? (another band Serge Pinsky is in). The rest of the band are Carmelle Safdie on vocals, J.B. (Crystal Stilts) on drums, as well as siblings Emily, Nik, and (occasionally) Alex Curtin. The latter two previously played together in German Measles along with Serge. Another contributor to the album is Juan Waters (of The Beets), who has just released a solo single and will be touring with Carmelle. The whole album was recorded by Gary Olson at Marlborough Farms, so it’s very much a family affair. The songs speak for themselves, listen to the whole album, or just “What’s Your Damage?” below.