As a high schooler in the late ’90s, the punk-aligned but never pigeonholed label Jade Tree loomed large in my world. So imagine my excitement last week when a report said the label had returned from a hiatus I wasn’t aware of. After reaching out to the label’s heads, however, I found out that that wasn’t the case. At all. Here, Darren Walters explains how his artful label has weathered the beating that the new music industry paradigm gave his label.
Led by that charismatic crooner of an international sports enthusiast John Sharkey III (Clockcleaner, Puerto Rico Flowers) and backed by Andrew Mackie Nelson (Ceremony, Paint it Black, Puerto Rico Flowers) and Mike Sneeringer (formerly from Purling Hiss, Puerto Rico Flowers), the Philadelphian super group Dark Blue serve up two fistfuls of velvet lined vitriol for the terrace chanting masses on their debut single for the Jade Tree label. The A Side, Just Another Night With The Boys – an ode to an evening of soccer hooliganism – sonically harkens back to a time in the early 80s when U.K. boot boy bands such as Blitz and Angelic Upstarts shied away from their rough ‘n’ tumble comfort zone to cover Joy Division and Bowie tunes. The flip is a somewhat faithful rendering of ‘Hungry for Love’, the opener from John Cale’s confounding and obscure-as-hell 1984 ‘beach pop’ album Caribbean Sunset. These two tracks recorded by noted Philadelphian producer Jeff Zeigler (Kurt Vile, The War on Drugs, Purling Hiss) are here to whet your appetite for the forthcoming Jade Tree full length. Bon appetit!
Upcoming Dark Blue Shows:
5/30 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron w/ Lower
5/31 – Cleveland, OH @ The Happy Dog w/ Pleasure Leftists
6/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Doc Martens Shop FREE SHOW
6/27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Space 1026 w/ Rat Fist
7/5 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
Owls have released a new LP and are busy preparing for their first tour in over a decade. To celebrate the occasion, all Jade Tree’s Owls merchandise is on sale for 20% off. This sale will only last a week! Make sure to complete your collection by visiting the Jade Tree eStore now and stocking up!
Owls – 2014 Tour Dates
05/16 Chicago, IL – Subterranean
06/27 Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room *
06/28 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre *
06/29 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of The Hill *
07/11 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom#
07/12 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre#
07/13 Washington DC – Black Cat#
07/14 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer#
07/15 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair#
# = w/Hop Along
* = w/ Into It. Over It.
Paint it Black can be pretty elusive these days, but if you’re in the right place at the right time, you might be lucky enough to catch Dr. Dan and crew in their natural habitat. Check out this batch of photos from PIBs recent Noisey show with Hop Along, Night Birds, and Bad Canoes in Brooklyn.
Kid Dynamite played their last US shows this past August and a fun time was had by all were lucky enough to be there. And a few of those people were also lucky enough to pick up both Kid Dynamite LPs at the band’s merch table for only $10. For those who weren’t there and never had their own copies of these records, we’re happy to give you another chance to pick them up. Both Kid Dynamite and Shorter, Faster, Louder are now on sale in the Jade Tree store for $10 each. The sale lasts all weekend. Enjoy.