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TAKE CARE Sign To Heirship, Announce Full-Length Album, “Take Care” Out 12/14

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Take Care began recording Take Care around the time I started this label. It’s very poetic that the double-album will be Heirship’s final release. This is the culmination of almost a decade of work from the four members (Luke Bergkoetter, drums; Nick Foreman, keys and vocals; Kyle Scott, guitar and bass; Mark Wyman, guitar and vocals) and as much time for me being a huge fan and then becoming good friends with these men. Now their live shows are few and far between, and the album’s sound inspired them to bring Brandon Beachum (of labelmates Marathon) on to play bass with them live.

The pre-order is live and I cannot recommend anything more than this collection of pieces. Each song has changes within it, key and tempo, feeling and meaning, and the four sides of the 2xLP take you on an absolutely crushing and beautiful journey. I am so honored to have been a part of this project and to help Take Care put this out into the world. This might be the last thing I write for this website, so I wanted it to be less of a press release and more of a journal entry, because on a personal note, working with these artists and this music literally changes who I am as a person, and through my mistakes and their generosity, I’ve grown and learned.

This music is something truly special, and is everything about what this label was supposed to be—a piece of Urbana-Champaign history, a snapshot of the music scene, something huge and emotional and brilliant and gorgeous and available on vinyl but also streaming in full for free so that it can exist out in the world because it deserves to be heard. Please buy it if you can. Please Share it with everyone you think will care, because I believe they will be better for it. I know I am.

 

sincerely,

-isaac arms.

 

RECORD RELEASE PARTY 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2018

at THE IMC in URBANA, IL
ALL AGES     ::     $5-$7
with special guest Dr Responsible

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Folks,

I’m full of emotion typing this, but Heirship Records is coming to an end. It’s been a wild ride and I’m grateful to all the artists who’ve trusted me with their art, and all the music supporters in Champaign-Urbana and around the world who’ve listened and purchased media from us.

The light at the end of the tunnel is a 2xLP masterpiece coming out FRIDAY, December 14th on Heirship, the label’s final (and finest?) release. It’s an album that has lived in my heart for many years and will finally see the light of day here at the end of the year, as the label comes to a close.

Please mark your calendars for that release date, and stay tuned for more information about that album and that artist. More soon!

Sincerely,

-isaac.

WINDER ANNOUNCE NEW EP “GONE, FOR GOOD” OUT JULY 6 ON HEIRSHIP RECORDS

Bloomington-Normal/Champaign-Urbana post-hardcore quartet Winder has announced their second EP, Gone, For Good , out 7/6 on Heirship Records. The record release show will be that evening at Cowboy Monkey with Two Inch Astronaut (on their farewell tour) and Spandrels.
Smile Politely has premiered the album’s debut track, “Brain Tired.”

LISTEN TO “BRAIN TIRED”

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PRE-ORDER MOTES’ SOPHOMORE LP ‘CRASH THE DAY’ OUT 6/8 ON HEIRSHIP RECORDS

STREAM THE LEAD SINGLE “AGAIN AGAIN” AT PASTE MAGAZINE

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Urbana indie rock/dream pop trio has announced their new album, Crash The Day, out 6/8 on Heirship Records.

It will be available on CD, Digital, and 180 gram vinyl via Bandcamp.

RSVP to their Record Release Show June 9th at Cowboy Monkey: https://www.facebook.com/events/2017605581893642

PRE-ORDER (LP/CD/DIGITAL)

PRE-ORDER GRANDKIDS’ SOPHOMORE LP ‘THIS GUITARS’ OUT 12/16 ON HEIRSHIP RECORDS

STREAM THE LEAD SINGLE “SEAMRIPPER”

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Photo credit – Brittany Sowacke

Chicago-based band Grandkids has announced their new album, This Guitars, out 12/16 on Heirship Records. It will be available on CD, Digital, and a Limited Edition of 25 vinyl test pressing LPs with custom screenprinted jackets by Urbana artist Steve Schaberg.

PRE-ORDER (LP/CD/DIGITAL)

Grandkids is a band of four people, but only one floor tom. Originally formed in Urbana, Illinois the group transplanted to Chicago where the city’s varied music scenes pushed their sound in eclectic directions. At times sharp and energized, at others tender, their sophomore album, This Guitars, finds Grandkids expressing their many voices in an attempt at coherence.

Grandkids is:
Adam Gorcowski (bass and cello).
Vivian McConnell (guitar and vocals)
Evan Metz (guitar and vocals)
Phillip Sudderberg (drums and vocals)

MOTHER NATURE FEATURED ON NPR

Hip-Hop duo Mother Nature have been featured in a piece on NPR’s website.

Their debut LP is available on CD and Vinyl at their upcoming performance at The Pygmalion Festival this Friday at The Accord outdoor stages, opening up for Vince Staples.
Also of interest to Champaign-Urbana Music Lovers, that evening’s entertainment also features the first live performance by Poster children in the better half of a decade.

Purchase the Mother Nature vinyl LP and/or CD at Bandcamp, and stream it in its entirety for FREE:

EURIAH’S ‘PASSENGER’ OUT NOW!

The mini-LP ‘PASSENGER’ by Euriah is out now on CD/LP/Digital.

Also available is ‘PASSENGER [ACOUSTIC]’, a companion album recorded solo by Euriah’s Eric Christian Stanley—available on Digital and Cassette:

HEIRSHIP SIGNS TEENAGE GHOSTS FOR REUNION EP ‘REVELATIONS’, REISSUES DEBUT ‘DREAMS’

Heirship Records will be releasing new music from Teenage Ghosts next month! Out on August 12th, Revelations will be the first new release from the band in 5 years and is available here for pre-order right now digitally and on fire red cassette! Check em out!

To celebrate, we will also be reissuing the band’s first release, Dreams, available for pre-order (digital remaster and on ghost white cassette) here!

If you want to go all out both tapes will be available as a bundle, as well, on the Revelations album page.

Impose debuted the first single from Revelations, “Apocalypse Times” today. Head over to their site to experience it in all its fuzzed out glory.

www.teenageghosts.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/teenageghosts

Photo credit: Fred Segovich

TOTAL ASSHOLE Punk Rock Opera now available to Pre-Order

A message from TOTAL ASSHOLE:

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AHOY LIFE-TRAVELERS! Assholes have returned on the two year anniversary of our founding and the one year anniversary of our breaking to bless you with some teeth-shattering rock and roll boogie woogie. Deep in the dungeons of our twisted minds and labyrinthine abodes, we have assaulted microphones with electrifying screeches and wails for a whole year and a half until the replicant waveforms made us tremble with angsty delight.

For your consumption pleasure, we now announce the production of the asshole manifesto, the TOTAL ASSHOLE™ record that your shelf has been missing for so long that you scream to the Rock Gods of Chaos at night with cries for unholy nourishment. Heirship Records has finally given this legendary collection of recordings a home on the waxy channels so that miniature x-wings can finally fly deep in the mountainous black grooves of this earth-shattering sound and remind people that in order to truly love anything, you must first learn to utterly despise everything.

Link to our “K.S.” page is above, where you can GIMME DAT LEAFY GREEN CABBAGE and we’ll GIYOU BABY MAMAS AND BABY PAPAS THE HONEYED LYRICAL SUNDROPS OF ASSHOLE RECORDINGS!!

EURIAH ANNOUNCE PASSENGER PRE-ORDER, SHARE SINGLE “HESITATION (WHIRLWIND)”

Four-piece indie/emo group Euriah have launched a pre-order via Kickstarter for their new record, entitled Passenger. The album was recorded and mixed by Seth Engel at Earth Analog in Tolono and Minbal in Chicago in early 2016. The record features guest appearances by Emily Otnes of Tara Terra and Adam Gorcowksi of Grandkids.

This sophomore effort finds the C-U band going deeper and getting darker, exploring themes of addiction and helplessness. Passenger will be available on CD, digital download, and a very limited amount of vinyl LPs—as well as a special cassette edition of the album performed acoustically, featuring Evan Opitz of The Phantom Broadcast.

Stream the single “Hesitation (Whirlwind)” and pre-order Passenger:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/heirshiprecords/euriah-passenger-pre-order

Pre-order PASSENGER

Passenger, by Euriah
1. Passenger
2. Hesitation (Whirlwind)
3. Is It Too Late?
4. Losing
5. Ingrained
6. Pattern

Kurt Bielema signs to Heirship, prepares debut album for summer release

Kurt Bielema [Photo by V Mullen Media]We are excited to announce that Kurt Bielema, Urbana solo artist, has joined the Heirship family.

Kurt’s blend of indie, pop, and rock music draws from folk traditions over the past 50 years. Often fingerpicking with an infectious rhythm and sensitive melodies, Bielema’s strength is sincerity that never verges on the saccharine. Straightforward yet poetic, the songs have a very quaint and charming quality to them—they don’t feel too huge, but they touch on timeless emotions and ideas.

Kurt’s debut full-length will be announce soon, and is expected to release sometime this summer. Look for his Artist page on Facebook and a Bandcamp page soon, but for now you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @singlestereo and check out his music at http://www.soundcloud.com/bielema.

Mother Nature to release debut EP with Heirship Records

It is a true delight to announce that Heirship Records will be working with Mother Nature to release their eponymous debut this Friday, April 1. This record label’s intention is to document the music scene here in Champaign-Urbana, and a crucial part of the past year in CU has been the formation of the due of Klevah and T.R.U.T.H—each stars in their own right, but truly together they are greater than the sum of their parts. Shaking up Pygmalion Festival in 2015 and making waves in the press including Huffington Post, these artists are powerful voices that are needed here in our community, and actually, nationally as well. The EP will be available digitally on Bandcamp, on CD, and a *very* limited number of LPs.

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Catch them THIS FRIDAY at 8:30 PM at The Accord in downtown Champaign with abnormous, BOYCUT, Chasin’ Treezz, JEFF K%NZ, and Heirship alumnus Gr8Sky.
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1161335850561226/

Heirship Records Signs Euriah

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We are excited to announce that Euriah have joined the Heirship family. Their excellent debut EP floored me, and they’re one of the most consistently impressive live bands in the area.

Eric Stanley isn’t from C-U, but his music fits right in our twin cities. The impassioned storytelling, the emotive release, with dynamic song structures and bombastic catharsis, his songs feel right at home in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Intertwining guitar lines strewn atop a pummeling rhythm section bring to life angst, celebration, yearning, and confession. This music shimmers and shakes; it digs in and reaches out. This winter they will record at Matt Talbott’s Earth Analog Studio as well as Minbal Studio in Chicago.

Their sophomore EP is due out Spring 2016, produced and engineered by Seth Engel. The six-song EP promises to be a testament to the band’s ability to express emotion with great power and nuance.

Euriah perform at The Pygmalion Festival one week from today, FRIDAY September 25, 2015 with Beach Slang, White Reaper, and Single Player at the Channing-Murray Foundation at 9:00 PM. Cover is $12 at the door, or FREE entry with Pygmalion Festival wristband. RSVP at the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1659706527580730/

FOLLOW EURIAH ONLINE:
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Twitter
Instagram
Bandcamp

HEIRSHIP RECORDS, Volume I

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Local screenprinters Weiskamp have helped us create a limited run of shirts celebrating the label and its music. Half the pressing is American Apparel ringer tees; the other half are Canvas unisex baseball raglans.

Shirts can be purchased HERE and supporters will receive an email with download codes for ALL 20 Heirship Records:

10/31/11 HSR01: Evil Tents — Night Air on the Midway
04/24/12 HSR02: Withershins — Silver Cities
03/19/13 HSR03: Terminus Victor — Prevention vs Intervention
08/27/13 HSR04: Grandkids — Timeshare
07/30/13 HSR05: Jay Moses — #TheGenius
09/26/13 HSR06: Various Artists — Crashing the Heirship, Volume I
11/02/13 HSR07: Swords — Depth
05/15/14 HSR08: Sky — Gr8Sky
07/11/14 HSR09: The Chemicals — MONO
08/12/14 HSR10: Withershins — Mt Fuji in Blue
10/18/14 HSR11: Hot Cops! — Jubilee
01/17/15 HSR12: Dr Responsible — Dryads
03/18/15 HSR419: Resinater — CDXIX
04/18/15 HSR13: ACKER — Sea Songs
05/23/15 HSR14: Motes — Keep It In The Dark
02/27/15 HSR15: Terminus Victor — Under Surveillance
03/28/15 HSR16: The Chemicals — The Chemicals
04/17/15 HSR17: The Chemicals — A New Language
04/18/15 HSR18: Various Artists — Crashing the Heirship, Volume II
??/??/15 HSR19: Marathon — Sanctuary

HEIRSHIP RECORDS SIGNS…A BUNCH OF CHUMPS.

Heirship Records regretfully announces the signing of some immature degenerates who spend more time pranking each other than learning how to strum a power chord. TOTAL ASSHOLE recorded a full album at Perennial Sound Studio in Champaign this January, with plans to release “whenever”.  The LP will be accompanied by a full line of track-by-track music videos, which will apparently be “wicked cool.”

“Total Asshole” will headline (a prerequisite they impose on every single show they play) their one-year “band” anniversary show Sunday, June 28 at Error Records, accompanied by Krelboyne, Durango, and I Actually. Frozen pizza will be undercooked and thrown at attendees, so arrive early and wait for that to show up much later than promised.

June 28 Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/454875171353666

Check out these assholes live in-studio recording the album single, “Double Parked”:

MOTES ANNOUNCE ‘KEEP IT IN THE DARK’ PRE-ORDER, SHARE SINGLE ‘GREAT LAKE’.

Our beloved Motes have a pre-order up for ‘Keep It in the Dark,’ their debut full-length album. The LP was recorded by Colin Althaus of Tara Terra at Earth Analog Studio in Tolono, IL in June 2014. The record release party will be Saturday, May 23 at Mike N Molly’s featuring labelmates Withershins, and shoegazers Blue Unit from Milwaukee (featuring members of the mighty Brief Candles).
‘Keep It in the Dark’ will be available on audiophile 180g vinyl, CD, and digitally via Bandcamp.

Stream the singles ‘Great Lake’ and ‘Freeway’ and pre-order the album here:

MARATHON LAUNCHES “SANCTUARY” PRE-ORDER

Marathon was once the solo project of Urbana resident Brandon Beachum—now it has grown into a full band. For the recording of this piece, the group came together to form a “guitarkestra”: bass guitar, two drummers on full kits, six guitar players, and a vibraphone. The resulting piece of music is an aural and emotional endurance test.

Rewards for supporting the project include a digital downloads of the album, the album on vinyl LP, a limited edition DVD produced by local filmographers, and a zine entitled “The Marathon Review,” including notes on the conception of the piece, as well as reflections from all the performers.

If you would like to support Marathon, but cannot contribute monetarily, please share the link via social media: http://kck.st/1OCc7eR

PRE-ORDER THE THIRD (AND FINAL?) ALBUM BY THE CHEMICALS

It is with great pride and excitement, as well as a heavy heart, that we announce the third—and most likely final—album by Champaign stalwarts The Chemicals. After a decade of making this music, founding member and drummer Andrew Davidson will be leaving C-U. Davidson has performed in countless other local bands (most notably The Blackouts, The Living Blue, Tractor Kings, and New Ruins).

This new album, “A New Language,” finds The Chemicals coming full-circle. “The Chemicals” displayed the raw energy of youth and booze, whereas “MONO” boasted a maturation—at least musically. “A New Language” is a ramshackle hodgepodge of wizened songwriting and shambolic angst. We don’t want to close the book on this one, but if we have to, we’re glad it’s with this.

PRE-ORDER “A NEW LANGUAGE” BY THE CHEMICALS AND DOWNLOAD/STREAM THE SINGLE “MAN MADE”:

HEIRSHIP REISSUES THE CHEMICALS’ SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM

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Continuing the Heirship Reissue Series, we are happy to share the debut release from The Chemicals! Their self-titled album is similar to MONO in that it could be considered a long EP or a short LP; however, the sound is quite starkly different. Whereas MONO shows some maturity in the sense that folk and slower tempos seep into the songwriting, The Chemicals is an overall rowdy affair. The year was 2006; we were nearing the end of Bush’s reign and after half a decade of the war on terror there really wasn’t anything for disillusioned youth to do but slack off and get fucked up. Justin Gee’s vocals truly soar on these tracks, and the familiar wail of Jonny Chemical’s leads saturates the recordings. Stream the album in full at Bandcamp, and if you purchase it—you’ll get never-before-released bonus tracks that actually outnumber the official album tracks.

Long live The Chemicals!

HEIRSHIP RECORDS TO RELEASE CASSETTE COMPILATION “CRASHING THE HEIRSHIP, VOLUME II” FOR RECORD STORE DAY

Heirship Records is proud to announce its second volume of CRASHING THE HEIRSHIP. Volume I was released at Pygmalion of 2013. It stands as a fascinating snapshot of the Champaign-Urbana scene at the time; indeed, many of the artists featured on the release are now defunct. In this second volume, two Heirship Records artists who have since moved away are included on the cassette; however the tracks they’ve submitted are from their time here in Champaign-Urbana. In fact, the purpose of the compilation itself is one of discovery—every single recording on this tape is unreleased. Some songs are demos of tunes the twin cities already know; some were recorded specifically for this project.

Here is the link to the compilation:
https://heirshiprecords.bandcamp.com/album/crashing-the-heirship-volume-ii

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Whereas volume one of Crashing the Heirship was sequenced as more of a mixtape, a chance to give those visiting C-U an idea of what it is we do here, this second volume is actually programmed in a very specific order—chronologically. These songs will be published as streams during the pre-order phase starting tomorrow, Wednesday March 25, 2015 and culminating in the full release on Record Store Day, Saturday April 18, 2015. Heirship will stream a track per day, slowly revealing these previously-unreleased recordings. Each day we will strive to tell the story of these songs, these recordings.

Here is the list of artists (in chronological order) included on the compilation:

Grandkids
Dr Responsible
Single Player
The Fights
Bookmobile!
Swords
The Superior State
We The Animals
Withershins
Terminus Victor
Penny Horses
Marathon
CURB SERVICE
ZXO
Motes
Total Asshole
TheGr8Thinkaz
Euriah
Windmills
BOYCUT
Heel Turn
Tara Terra
The Chemicals
Elsinore
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Many of these artists are signed to Heirship—some even have forthcoming releases: The Chemicals release “A New Language” CDLP in April; Motes release their debut LP “Keep it in the Dark” in May; Marathon releases its Guitarkestra piece “Sanctuary” in July.

On the release day, 100 cassettes will be released into the world. The lion’s share, 75 cassettes, will be given to the artists involved to distribute as they see fit; 25 copies are the label’s to sell online in the pre-order, or at Exile on Main St if any remain.

In tandem with the announcement of this compilation, the label will have a sale in celebration of all Heirship Records—the discount code “CRASH25” will get supporters 25% off ALL Heirship releases.

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Heirship Reissues “Under Surveillance,” Terminus Victor’s Sophomore Album

In 2005, Terminus Victor released their second album, “Under Surveillance” on Innocent Words Records.

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It was the height of their powers as an industrial rock duo utilizing a drum machine to achieve brutal live performances—and with the help of producer/engineer Matt Talbott of then-named Great Western Record Recorders (now Earth Analog), some mighty recordings. This album has a strong continuity with Heirship’s third release, Prevention vs Intervention—both in terms of sound and vibe, but also quite directly in the PvI features a track called “Hopelessly Rehabilitated,” which is a sequel of sorts to the vignette track on Under Surveillance, “Hopelessly Domesticated.” As fate would have it, the track has underneath the song itself a found recording of vocalist/bassist Scott Kimble speaking with Terry Wathen at a show—this was when Terminus Victor was indeed still a duo—and Wathen of course eventually became the band’s live drummer.

To celebrate this reissue of T Vic’s sophomore effort, we present to you a cover of the fourth song on the album, “A Scream in the Park,” performed by Isaac Arms and produced by CURB SERVICE, for the buzz Magazine COVERING OUR TRACKS B-Sides released today:

 

Heirship Records Signs WINDMILLS

And the Heirship family grows even larger, and noisier.

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We are very excited to present to you WINDMILLS, the newest artist to sign to the Heirship Records roster. Members originally hail from north of Champaign, but they’ve relocated to our community, and I noticed them quite quickly. Already a few shows in here locally, they’ve gotten loud and gotten my attention. Their LP up on Bandcamp, “Valuable Coupons Inside!” is an exercise in feedback and bombast, but more importantly, also SONGS. Check out their music here, and get excited for new musics to be released via Heirship in the months to come:

Pre-Order ACKER ‘Sea Songs’ LP

 

The mighty ACKER digitally released their full-length ‘Sea Songs’ at midnight on New Year’s Day this year. Now the vinyl record is available for pre-order over at Bandcamp. Orders ship on or around Record Store Day—Saturday, April 18, 2015. Listen to the album there in the catalogue tab, and pre-order your LP today!

 

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HEIRSHIP TO RELEASE RECORDING OF THE MARATHON GUITARKESTRA

Tomorrow, January 9, 2015, The Marathon Guitarkestra will enter Matt Talbott’s Earth Analog studio this Friday to record their first album. It is a single piece. clocking in at over half an hour. Conceived and conducted by Marathon mastermind Brandon Beachum, the ensemble includes two drummers, and six guitars, and a vibraphone. Heirship Records will be releasing the audio recording on vinyl, as well as the video recording on DVD. Or maybe VHS.

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The guitarkestra is playing a house party in Champaign on the 21st. Do not miss an opportunity to see the piece performed live.

RSVP here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/701785233267458/

Listen to a preview of the piece here:
https://marathondrone.bandcamp.com/album/demonstrations

LIKE Marathon on Facebook here:
https://www.facebook.com/marathondrone

Dr Responsible DRYADS Cassette Pre-Order Up

The new cassette from Dr Responsible is now available to pre-order over at Bandcamp for only $5.00!

Check out two songs from the tape below:

Heirship Signs DR RESPONSIBLE, “Dryads” Cassette Set for January 2015 Release

Heirship Records is proud to announce another addition to the family and catalogue —
Dryads by Dr Responsible will be out 1/17/15 on cassette and digital download.

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Dr Responsible is the moniker of Bryce Robert Hays, also of Withershins and The Marathon Guitarkestra. Dryads is an exercise in ambience, loops, percussive and melodic reveries, capable of both lulling the listener into a daze, and exciting the mind with inventions and intersections of guitar noodles and swells.

Residents of the midwest, RSVP to the Facebook event, and residents of the Milky Way, check out a song off the upcoming album below:

STREAM MOTES’ DEBUT SINGLE, ‘FREEWAY’

Heirship is proud to announce that we will be releasing the debut full-length from Urbana’s Motes. The album will be called Keep It in the Dark, and will be out on CD/Digital/LP in 2015.

Isaac and Elizabeth spoke to SmilePolitely Radio about collaborating, which you can check out here. Elizabeth spoke to Buzz about the recording process and more here. There are photographs from the Heirship Records Showcase at Cowboy Monkey Friday, November 21, 2014 here — the showcase also featured Heirship alum The Chemicals and Terminus Victor.

Check out Motes’ first single, ‘Freeway’, here:

Heirship Records Releases Hot Cops! Debut LP “JUBILEE” on Cassette

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The Hot Cops! have been a staple of Champaign-Urbana slopcore for the better half of a decade. The raucous guitars, heavy rhythm section, and impassioned vocals of lead singer/guitarist Nik Allen have been the soundtrack to many a drunken celebration in these twin cities. Finally, after years of playing these songs out live, we finally have their final recorded destination in the first full-length album by the quartet, JUBLIEE. Available on limited cassette and digital download. Released 17 October, 2014.

Cassettes will be available first at the RECORD RELEASE PARTY at Mike N Molly’s tomorrow, SATURDAY, 18 October, 2014. Come party like an animal.

THE CHEMICALS To Release New Album ‘MONO’ on Heirship Records FRIDAY, JULY 11

Heirship is proud to announce the newest release from Champaign stalwarts THE CHEMICALS – it’s a long EP, a short LP…Whatever you want to call it, it’s seven new tracks from the alt-country/indie/noiserock/awesome band that’s been around town rocking out longer than most. These songs feel like summer, they feel like a dream. Catch their headlining set at Mike N Molly’s on FRIDAY, July 11 with Austin’s The Ghost Wolves, Chicago’s Me Jane, and locals The 92s.

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Pre-order the album below and stream the lead single, “All God’s Creatures.”

Gr8Sky OUT NOW On Heirship Records

Sky’s double album “Gr8Sky” is now available online both digitally and in the form of a limited edition cassette – only 50 pressed, so snatch this tape while it’s still around!

Listen to both “Day” and “Night” in the player below, and follow the bandcamp links to purchase the tape or download the album – comes with a special bonus track!

LOCAL EMCEE SKY TO RELEASE DOUBLE ALBUM ON HEIRSHIP RECORDS, THROWING RELEASE PARTY AT MIKE N MOLLY’S IN DOWNTOWN CHAMPAIGN ON THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2014.

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Heirship Records is proud to announce its next release, Gr8Sky, the double album by Champaign emcee Sky. Sky has been performing and releasing music for several years in the 217 hip-hop underground, both with the supergroup TheGr8Thinkaz and as a solo performer.

The album will be available on LIMITED EDITION CASSETTE at the Record Release Party at Mike N Molly’s on THURSDAY, May 15 featuring Landon Wordswell, Mostafa, Chase Baby, and DJ Crispy Bill.

The record exists in two parts:
Side A = Day; Side B = Night.

Listen to the album’s lead single “TranQuil” below. 

Swords’ DEPTH Out November 2, 2013 on Heirship Records

LOCAL EMCEE SWORDS TO RELEASE SOPHOMORE LP ON HEIRSHIP RECORDS, THROWING RELEASE PARTY AT COWBOY MONKEY IN DOWNTOWN CHAMPAIGN ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2013.

THIS RIGHT HERE'S THE MOTHERFUCKING JAM

After many trials and tribulations, local hip-hop artist Swords has completed his second full-length LP, Depth. And we’re throwing a goddamn party to celebrate. Swords has been active in the C-U music scene for the better part of a decade, doing everything from afterparty shows to opening for nationally touring acts such as Brother Ali and Nappy Roots. His new album is a mixture of underground breakbeat hip-hop and proto-punk/garage rock, and features members of acclaimed Champaign acts such as The Dirty Feathers, Moonwish, Sun Stereo, and fellow Heirship artist Withershins.

CRASHING THE HEIRSHIP, Volume I

Pygmalion Music Festival is upon us, Champaign-Urbana! It’s a yearly time of great anticipation and excitement. Every year in September, local bands get to play alongside national acts that they’d otherwise not get to were it not for Seth Fein and his commitment to our scene. We plan to do an annual compilation of some of the finest tracks C-U has to offer anyways, but for this inaugural comp, we’ve chosen local acts who are slated to perform at Pygmalion this year.
It is free to stream on our bandcamp, and limited edition physical copies will be floating around the festival, so be double-sure to catch our locals’ performances this year and take home a piece of Champaign history.

SWORDS To Release LP on Heirship, Drops Music Video For “Hell and High Water”

Local emcee Swords will be dropping his next full-length album “Depth” on Heirship Records at a release party at Cowboy Monkey in Downtown Champaign on SATURDAY, November 2nd. Joining him on the bill is Paulie Walnuts, Jarrel Young & Misfit Music, as well as Carbondale trio Secondary Modern, with DJ Belly featuring on the decks. In addition to this announcement, Swords has debuted the music video for the album’s first single, “Hell and High Water.” If you enjoy the track, call in to WPGU (217) 337-1071 and/or WPCD (217) 373-3790 and support local hip-hop by requesting the track. Check out the video below.

Swords – Hell and High Water from Shannon Swords on Vimeo.

Grandkids’ LP Timeshare To Be Released On Vinyl – PRE-ORDER NOW!

Heirship Records has been working in conjunction with Lafayette/Cleveland’s Jurassic Pop Records to press Grandkids’ Timeshare out on vinyl! This will be Heirship Records’ first release on wax. CDs are also being pressed. Comes in a beautiful colour sleeve with artwork by A.B. Moore.

PRE-ORDER HERE

CURB SERVICE releases new album “Romeo Jive”

Champaign-Urbana has recently seen a rise in local hip-hop, in quantity and quality – perhaps one of the highest points since Krukid left town and the dubstep scene arrived and transmogrified local clubs and tastes and attitudes. Young Blu has seen national success; Jay Moses and The Gr8 Thinkaz have garnered positive reviews and impressive support from the community; Jarrel Young and Misfit Music and The Struggle have invigorated the local experience of the genre by adding the energy and directness of the live band; Swords is about to drop his next full-length on Heirship Records his fall (DEPTH – stay tuned)…And now – almost out of nowhere – comes another sign that hip-hop is alive and well in these twin cities: CURB SERVICE (Larry Gates) is releasing their first LP in 5 years.

Rome Jive is an extension and an evolution of the Fly Casual EP. The killer beats, thoughtful rhymes, sick hooks, stellar production, badass guitars, expert song structures, and self-depricating while suavely hyping attitude and execution are all there. The tunes remind one of that trip-hop vibe brought from Sneaker Pimps and Beck; the beats recall DJ Shadow and the Beasties amongst others; while there’s enough throwback to convince there is indeed real cane sugar in the mix, there is enough of that modern sound, production, and edge to be terribly relevent – and to be honest, just in time. The rock and rap scenes are nudging shoulders, but CURB SERVICE rides the line between pop, hip-hop, rock, singer-songwriter, and even dance and dub such that not only are genres blurring within this album…But perhaps if Mister Gates and his beats make more appearances in our scene, these mix-up bills will be even more prevalent and present and popular and popping.

There’s weight in this album. Not just in the wait itself, but the content belies a more experienced composer and songwriter. With song subjects such as fatherhood and love past lust as well as coming-of-age-yet-again, Gates has crafted a moving collection of songs with a message that’s both quite personal and somehow brilliantly party. If you love introspection or just jamming out in your vehicle, this ABSOLUTELY FREE full-length album by CURB SERVICE “Romeo Jive” should be in your damn car and on your goddamn computer, in your fucking ears. It might even end up in your mind and – dare we say – heart.

Jay Moses’ #TheGenius EP to be released digitally July 30 on Heirship Records

This new EP by Jay Moses is both a reflection and a reckoning.
Jay Moses’ full-length debut THE GENESIS has been in process and progress since 2010, and will be unleashed upon the world later this year.

As Jay ‘Moses’ Walker considered this, this started with The Genesis…But after years of building up a reputation as one of the hottest, brightest emcees in the 217, it is becoming clear that this has just begun.

#TheGenius is not a mixtape – it is an EP proper. It comes as a three-act play, with its own cast of characters. Its ambition and energy are almost otherworldly.


#TheGenius will be available on the Heirship Records Bandcamp on Tuesday, July 30th, 2013.

Withershins release new single, “A Patient Boy”

Withershins went into their favourite haunt, Earth Analog, back in April and arranged and recorded a new tune in a single day.

It’s called “A Patient Boy,” and is their first recording to feature their new drummer, Luke Bergkoetter (Fireflies, Take Care, Annas, Bookmobile, &ct).

UPDATE: In commemoration of the Supreme Court ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act, Withershins have made this track and BOTH THEIR ALBUMS absolutely free for download today, June 26, 2013.

Lots of news coming up for Heirship, but in the meantime, enjoy this hazy track described by producer Rokmore as “like a cloud.  How do [Withershins] get that damn sound?”

Goblin Colors’ Debut Full-Length OUT NOW

Ladies and gentlemen,

one of my most highly-anticipated releases of this year is available now.  For free.

If you go to goblincolors.com, you can download their debut LP CHAMBERS for free, instantly.
I could say so much about these tones and structures.  The dynamic is truly cosmic: their brotherhood on rhythmic and melodic display.

However, I will simply tell you to download this record and see them at all costs this Saturday April 20th at The Velvet Elvis.  They are opening up for one of Champaign’s greatest dreampop acts, Common Loon.

THE FIGHTS Release EP on Home Label “Fights Brewed Records”

Champaign-Urbana’s premiere post-country quintet have released an EP on Bandcamp via their home label, Fights Brewed Records and physically on disc tonight at Cowboy Monkey with Rough Trade Records’ Houndmouth and locals The ACME Principle.

LATEST

Everyone’s abuzz about their humblecore

Grandkids are still on the road, and their album Timeshare is still amazing.  And for sale, right here.
Read some great things folks have to say about the record:

“Handsome and well-composed” – The Wild Honey Pie

“A complex piece of art, with many layers of sound and intricacy, and I would put it up there among the best albums I’ve heard in the last few years — from anyone.” – Smile Politely

“Grandkids have grown up—no longer the pop-rock quartet stuck on anxious youthfulness and brooding adolescence, Timeshare sees them embrace a sound that is at once organic, energetic, and contemplative. There is not a moment on Timesharethat feels forced, but instead Grandkids make themselves comfortable in the chamber pop niche they’ve cut out for themselves.” – Buzz Magazine

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3/20 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – The Garage w/ Kyle Woolard
(The Anatomy of Frank) and Cold Fronts
3/21 UNIVERSITY OF DELWARE, NEWARK w/ Cold Fronts
3/22 PHILADELPHIA, PA – TBA w/ Cold Fronts
3/23 YORK, PA – Beer Mongers w/ Cold Fronts
3/24 INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Sara Bell’s Presence w/
Moorhound and Dan and Joe from Bonesetters

http://www.grandkidsmusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/grandkidsmusic

HSR03 Terminus Victor – Prevention vs Intervention

$7 COVER+++++++++AGES 19+

In the tradition of Joy Division, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, and Slint, Terminus Victor caresses the essence of fear, stability, understanding, and intimacy.  With guitars and a drumkit.

This album is heavy, but with a momentum unencumbered.  The tones are stark and quite dark.  The drums are intese, ever the more present due to this being the band’s first full-length with a full-time (human) drummer.  It’s been a seven-year itch they’re dying to scratch.  You know the songs – they’ve been played out in the Midwest for the better half of a decade.  They know the songs.  It’s a true “Ditka vs Hurricane Ditka” situation placing their album “Prevention vs Intervention” up against its live performance.  There is something utterly visceral and FUN about the T Vic live show.  There is something impressively dramatic yet effortless in the presentation of these songs on this disc.  If desired, the vocals can act as part of the rhythm section as a way to haze out and hit at the same time, should you be involved otherwise while the record is playing wherever you are; conversely, if you are actively listening, emotional moments are an invigoration of something not quite buried, not quite forgotten.

But, again, if you music is just your soundtrack, it might just give you drive.

Or, if you stop paying attention at the wrong moment, it might catch you unawares like that part in Raiders of the Lost Ark where that Bronson-looking Nazi got chopped up by that aeroplane.

Terminus Victor headlines at Mike N Molly’s in Champaign, Illinois on Saturday, March 16th with Chicago’s Bear Claw and Tolono’s THUNDERTRUCK.

HSR04 – Grandkids “Timeshare”

Timeshare

It’s finally here!  The new Grandkids record!

Just click ‘BUY’ under the player to the right and it’s yours!  Or, of course, go to http://www.grandkidsmusic.com.

Timeshare will be streaming in its entirety all day today, March 7th, 2013, in honor of the band’s record release show/tour kickoff in Champaign!

 

Get to Mike N Molly’s for THREE other bands also headed to SXSW: Phox, Cold Fronts, and Minor Characters, and pick up a beautiful download card featuring art from A.B. Moore (cargocollective.com/paperzopilote/).  Tell your friends and the record and the show!  Spread the love as we send our four fearless freaks out into the world to represent the 217!

NEW SITE LIVE!

Welcome to the new Heirship Records website!

Here you will be able to read up on all of your favorite Heirship artists and get up to date information on all related activities!

 

Straight out the gate, we are excited about two highly anticipated releases out via Heirship this month!  Humblecore quartet GRANDKIDS and post-punk three-piece TERMINUS VICTOR will be releasing full-length albums with us in March 2013.  Stay tunes, we’ll have digital copies available for download from both, and physical discs for sale for Terminus Victor.

Thank you for supporting independent, local music.

 

cheers,

-isaac arms.