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Bloomington, Indiana’s The Cowboys 4th album ‘The Bottom of a Rotten Flower‘ came out on Valentine’s Day and is a veritable box of rock and roll party tricks. But somehow we’re just getting around to featuring it and its 16 tracks of glorious classic sounding power pop.

It’s melodic, and catchy, with moments of Replacements recklessness. It’s sometimes a little quirky but in the best way not unlike pop masters Stephen Merritt, Elvis Costello or Ray Davies.

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This is the fourth album by the Cowboys is kinda like a modern Midwestern version of THE WHO SELL-OUT or SOMETHING ELSE BY THE KINKS–a basic R&R band stretching its wings to embrace more varied musical elements and dig into deeper subject matter. The Cowboys grow up! And they grow in number too, with Chris Kramer (Nobunny/Slushy) joining the brilliant Mark McWhirter for a killer guitar team. Vocalist/songwriter Keith Harman alters his whooping nasal-punk a bit, with a more naturalistic approach when it fits the mood. His songwriting skills are mighty. Zackery Worcel (bass) and Jordan Tarantino (drums) provide a solid, relentless groove.

There are 16 hooky gems in this new LP. To compare the Cowboys’ songs to Pete Townshend and Ray Davies was no casual thing up front. Check “Doghouse Rag” for primo late-60s Kink-kwality pop. Then there’s the insanely hooky “Some Things Never Change,” with its nod to early 70s Sparks. And dig “Bodie, Don’t Jump” in all its bubblegum glory! The deceptively short “Deuce” with its 70s-style pop exploding into VU-like noise, “The Witch” originally performed by The Sonics.

released February 23rd, 2018

Keith Harman – vocals
Mark McWhirter – guitar
Jordan Tarantino – drums
Zack Worcel – bass

Whimsical, reformed in 2015 and our 3rd full length album, “Bright Smiles & Broken Hearts”,  self released on November 5th, 2019. Whimsical plays “Blissed Out” Classic Shoegazed melodies with ethereal female vocals floating over the top. Gazers will be mesmerized by this latest offering. Krissy’s vocals simply soar on this release.
Neil’s composition and sonic construction is near flawless. Stellar Production all the way through.

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Whimsical
Krissy Vanderwoude – Vocals
Neil Burkdoll – Music and Production
Mark Milliron – Additional guitars on Trust and Fragile

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The latest LP from the Indiana-based songwriter and Hoops member arrives in early 2020 on Bayonet Records (Beach Fossils, Frankie Cosmos). Krauter (who’s been touring with Hovvdy and Caroline Says) tells that the songs find inspiration in his religious upbringing and more recent navigations of self.

Indiana musician Kevin Krauter tackles complicated emotional states and ideas through elliptical songwriting that is at once poetic and truthful. “A lot of the lyrics touch on how I was raised religiously, touch on me understanding my sexuality more and more in recent years,” Krauter says, “just growing up and becoming more confident in myself…that process of looking inward and taking stock of myself.” It’s not especially uncommon for artists to probe deep into their own psyche to uncover what makes them tic, but Krauter’s light touch feels like something all his own.

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On the album’s first single, “Pretty Boy,” he sings, “Look ahead, say I see me now / Smiling at what used to stress me out / Cause it won’t be too long, but I’ll take my time with it / It won’t be too long till I come back home.” There’s a palpable sense of joy in Krauter’s acceptance of dire, stressful moments, and a liberation that comes from hearing him realize that the present will eventually be the past, and he’ll be able to look back and find peace.

releases February 28th, 2020

All songs written by Kevin Paul Krauter

Opening their album with more fuzz than an exploded dustbuster, Bloomington, Indiana’s Frankie and the Witch Fingers are riding high on the hallmarks of the 2010’s pantheon of garage rock heroes. Adding to the sonic soup a heavy dose of witchy vibes, psychedelic shake and an incessant grind that makes it feel vital and raw as skin peeled back, their sophomore album for Chicago’s chief gutwrenchers, Permanent Records, is fueled by more than just paint by numbers rock. The band knows when to ride the tide of fuzz-addled freakout, knows when to break in the shake n’ shimmy and knows just when to tear all the good times down for a good old fashioned dark horse that draws the shades and draws a little blood in the process. A solid offering from this band, reportedly uprooting from the doldrums of the Corn Belt to LA. It’ll be interesting to see how the move affects their sound in the future, but for now these nuggets are more than worth the price of admission.”

Frankie and the Witch Fingers are a garage rock outfit and with one song, they’ve made their forthcoming self-titled album on Permanent a hot album to pine for in 2015. Aside from the “True Detective” vibes, I’m not sure what exactly is going on in the “sexy and dangerous witchcraft” video for “Vibrations” which is puzzling, creepy and yet, sustains fascination. Regardless, this song is at the top of the heap when it comes to garage pop tunes that could’ve thrived in the 1960s. You just don’t hear organ work like that anymore.

Frankie and the Witch Finger’s track “Vibrations” off their self-titled album.

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Indiana’s Kevin Krauter releases his debut solo LP, Toss Up via Bayonet Records, Kevin is a member of the band Hoops. Useful Solitude is the phrase Kevin Krauter uses to describe Toss Up, his full-length debut, both the conditions in which it was created and the prevailing theme of these nine iridescent indie-pop songs. In between tours the Indiana musician spent long hours in his basement, guitars and vintage keyboards his only company, and tested out ideas, explored new sonic avenues, savored new sounds, and taught himself how to play a few instruments. Toss Up builds on the sonic worlds of Krauters’ first releases, conveying a similar mood with a greater array of instruments and influences. An insightful songwriter with a lyrical style that is both economical and evocative, Krauter crafts unique soundscapes that scramble a range of influences—‘60s flower pop, ‘70s easy listening, ‘80s New Wave, ‘90s alt-radio, ’00s indie rock. The secret tension on Toss Up, the engine that drives these songs: melody propelled by rhythm, melancholy fended off by the exuberance of simply creating art

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Released June 15th, 2018

All songs written & performed by Kevin Krauter 

Featuring:
Ben Lumsdaine, Synth:Drums: Bass: Guitar:
Keagan Beresford, Guitar:
Kristin Olsen Conga:

Here among these tracks is his first single “Rollerskate” from his latest album, ‘Toss Up,’ we are so excited to announce Kevin Krauter as the newest addition to the Bayonet Records roster! We are so thrilled to be releasing the breath taking solo album by the Indiana songwriter

The second single, “Keep Falling In Love” from Kevin Krauter’s new album is also included along with a music video! The track premiered on Beats1 and the video is up on Gorilla vs Bear website. Following up the first single “Rollerskate,” this new track showcases the melodic, personal side of Kevin’s songwriting on this album.

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‘Toss Up’ builds on the sonic worlds of Krauters’ first releases, conveying a similar mood with a greater array of instruments and influences. An insightful songwriter with a lyrical style that is both economical and evocative, Krauter crafts unique soundscapes that scramble a range of influences—‘60s flower pop, ‘70s easy listening, ‘80s New Wave,‘90s alt-radio, ’00s indie rock. The secret tension on ‘Toss Up’, the engine that drives these songs: melody propelled by rhythm, melancholy fended off by the exuberance of simply creating art.

So far Kevin has released the album’s first single “Rollerskate,” as well as a second single “Keep Falling in Love” . You can still pre-order the limited edition color vinyl pressing of ‘Toss Up’ which comes with custom balsa air glider from the Bayonet Records webstore

Releases June 15th, 2018,
All songs written & performed by Kevin Krauter 

Kevin Krauter is a member of the band Hoops, who released a their debut album last year. Now he’s setting out on his own solo voyage with the debut album Toss Up arriving via Bayonet Records in June 15th.

The first cut to be previewed from Toss Up is the utterly charming ‘Rollerskate’, a song that glides on simplistic dreamy indie guitars and drums, then takes an uptick towards the sky on subtle synth melodies towards its conclusion. Through this dreamy haze, Kevin Krauter relays a tale of relinquishing anger in favour of peace – even though there are trigger points all around him as he makes his way through the day. But Krauter is determined to stay equanimous; ‘Toss Up’ builds on the sonic worlds of Krauters’ first releases, conveying a similar mood with a greater array of instruments and influences. An insightful songwriter with a lyrical style that is both economical and evocative, Krauter crafts unique soundscapes that scramble a range of influences

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“As I slowly rollerskate through a wall of hate/ I was trying to save my soul/ but what’s it for?” Although Krauter often feels overwhelmed by life’s many tribulations, big and small, he still comes out of the other end with a tranquil mindset. Overall, ‘Rollerskate’ is a perfect vessel for this lightheartedness in times of trouble, as it’s absolutely impossible not to feel like you’re swimming through sunshine as you listen to the glistening melodies and Krauter’s playful lyrics like “feel like every single say is a piece of cake/ I was trying to take some home.”

Kevin Krauter plays bass and sings in the Bloomington, Indiana, dream pop outfit Hoops, but he also released a stunning six-song collection, Changes, under his given name late last year.  consuming that body of work immediately would be ideal.

While each track on Changes holds its own as a singular achievement, it’s “reckless,” the album’s fourth cut, that has received music video treatment.  like the song it accompanies, hugh sherman donkin’s visuals are sparse but impactful; Krauter is filmed alone in various parts of an older building – a gymnasium; a stairwell; a loveseat – either playing or miming the various components of “reckless.”  the poignancy of the audio and video truly coalesce in the final moments, with Krauter departing as a harmonized piano motif gently drifts off into the ether.

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Amazon is hoping to soundtrack your late-summer road trips with their new Open Road playlist, which features 30 contemporary artists covering various car- and traveling-themed anthems. Artists include Hamilton Leithauser, White Reaper, and the blissed-out Bloomington, Indiana trio Hoops, who offer a dazed, hypnagogic rendition of Prefab Sprout’s “Cars & Girls.” “We chose to do ‘Cars And Girls’ because Prefab Sprout is one of our favorite bands in the whole wide world,” the band explain. “It’s not necessarily our favorite Prefab’s song but it was a whole lotta fun to cover.”

The accompanying music video from Weird Life Films is also a whole lotta fun, hitting that sweet spot between goofy sincerity and winking homage. “After losing a location last minute we ended up barreling over the skyway into Indiana to find an abandoned-ish highway hot under the sun near some oil fields,” says Weird Life Films. “There we took over the concrete strip after letting the oil field security know we weren’t terrorists. Before lastly hitting back to Chicago & wrapping up the foggy shoot as the rain storm hit.

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Stone Irr is the product of a special kind of Midwestern religious folk. Just start with the name: what seems like an obvious pun was, in fact, an honest mistake, and as soon as Stone’s parents found out, they offered to take him to the Lafayette, Indiana courthouse and change it. He was already in middle school. True story.

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Stone Irr’s debut album is called ‘Sinner‘. It’s a record about relationships – with a romantic partner, with god, with a complicated, conservative childhood. You hear it in tracks like “Wabash” and “In My Mind” – honest odes about the inane and tragic thoughts that come from trying to love someone. In “Lighted Room” and “Sinner” Stone speaks directly to former lovers and the divine.

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