Smalltown America records mark 10 years on the go with their 10th Public Service Broadcast compilation.
Here we are then, ten years since the inception of Smalltown America and an equivalent ten volumes of Public Service Broadcasting. So many great bands have graced the discography of this particular series: some gone, some now very famous – all of whom proud to release their music in a collective spirit of belligerence and independence. We started our label with a grand ideal – that of ‘art over everything’.
Sometimes we’ve deviated from that unconsciously, making wrong decisions and following our heads rather than our hearts. Each time though, we’ve come back to the realisation that the most important thing we can do is to document the journey of the artists we work with and love.
This collection represents what we love right now in 2011; embodied in vinyl for the first time in the series’ history as a testament to bands and writers the world over, who spend countless hours in rehearsal rooms, vans and recording studios endeavouring to break our hearts with a piece of timeless music for us to fall in love with. Play loud and with pride.
1 Three – United Fruit 2. King Prick – Blacklisters 3. Faces – Event Horses 4. Coal My Lips Are Sealed – Rams’ Pocket Radio 5. Spirit Animal – Daily Life 6. Strange Blood – Vvolves 7. Sunlight In The Ashes – Our Krypton Son 8. The Bottom – General Fiasco 9. He-Man Womun Haters Club – Battle For Paris 10. Shallow Goals – Mnemotechnic
A series of launch gigs have been lined up by the bands that appear on the compilation over the next couple of months:
18th September – Sandinos Back Bar, Derry – Our Krypton Son 23rd September – Captains Rest, Glasgow – United Fruit 23rd September – ‘Culture Night’, Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast – STA PSB10 Listening Party 24th September – Ma Kellys, Ballymoney – Axis Of / More Than Conquerors / Event Horses 1st October – Nations of Shopkeepers, Leeds – Blacklisters / Talons 1st October – Buffalo Bar, Cardiff – VVOLVES 5th November – Le Cube à Ressort, Brest, France – Mnemnotechic Listening Party