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We’re throwing a party!! + BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

Happy first day of spring, reader! It’s a new season; a time for rebirth and renewal. It’s starting to get warm again!

Sounds Escaping’s latest releases, Stretch Marks’ Who & What – The Complete Studio Recordings and Personality Crisis’ Personality Crisis have been doing very well. We have a great write-up in the Winnipeg Free Press in the current Uptown section (you can see the whole thing in our Instagram feed!) and a few stores in Winnipeg are stocking all of our discs and selling out of stock on the regular. It feels great!

We’ve decided to throw a party to celebrate these releases by these two brilliant rock groups. Bands, booze, and blistering noise. It’ll be at the Pyramid Cabaret on April 28, 2017 and admission is set at $20/person. Tickets will be available directly from us here at Sounds Escaping.

And now for our feature presentation…

Personality Crisis are reuniting for this CD release party. Let that sink in.

For the first time in 33 years, all of PC members past and more-past will be sharing the stage for the first time as Personality Crisis on the only date of their “Putting The Creatures To Bed” tour. That’s Mitch Funk, Jimmy Green, Duane ‘Eddy’ Froslev, Richard Duguay, and Jon Card, plus original guitarist Walter Kot (he’s all over the second disc of our set) and their first drummer Mark Halldorson, all together, in Winnipeg, on stage, playing Personality Crisis (and maybe some Le Kille) songs! We feel like we’re repeating ourselves, but, PERSONALITY CRISIS ARE REUNITING!!!

The Facebook event page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/242558516215670/

The Personality Crisis performance will be professionally filmed. What on earth would we do with a/v from such an event… Stay tuned!

Happy One-Month Lunarversary, SE-002 & SE-003!!

Today is March 15, 2017. That means that one month ago, Sounds Escaping released our second and third editions to the public! The response has been amazing so far; Craig‘s remastering job has garnered the most praise, quickly followed by Dan’s layout/design skills. The fact that both releases have finally come to be after decades of other people/labels talking is the biggest deal of all!

We at Sounds Escaping are elated that we’re the ones who could bring you the complete studio recordings from both Stretch Marks and Personality Crisis. Both bands are not only totally amazing, but they’re from our city of Winnipeg, a place we’re proud to make our headquarters. All three of us (Sounds Escaping, Stretch Marks, and Personality Crisis) still get whiplash when we hear about our records making it to strange and far-off places. Stores in Europe and the Pacific Rim bulk-ordering our stock to sell domestically. It makes us feel like a significant speck. It’s humbling.

While the orders continue to pour in from around the world, a wonderful review just appeared in this Thursday’s Uptown Magazine (dropped off a few hours before midnight the day before at the local Liquor Mart!) that really shined a flattering light on our recent pairing. The issue will be on stands around the city (and delivered to the doors of Winnipeg Free Press subscribers tomorrow) for a week, so we implore you to pick up a copy. Then order the pair from us at Sounds Escaping. If you’re in Winnipeg, arrange a time for an in-person purchase.

Cheers, and thanks for all of your support!!

Stretch Marks and Personality Crisis Sets Are Out!!

The latest additions to the Sounds Escaping family are here! There they are above, Stretch Marks’ Who & What – The Complete Studio Recordings (SE-002) and Personality Crisis’ Personality Crisis (SE-003) . Wow.

We here at Sounds Escaping still feel like we’re dreaming. People around the world have been waiting for decades for both of these (if this sounds like hyperbole, you can check out our spreadsheets sometime), and the response has been overwhelming. When we received the many, many boxes of CDs and held the final product in our hands, we were shaking. We popped the discs into the office stereo, cranked the volume and took a seat on the couch to flip through the booklets. We’re positive that you’ll be floored by what we came out with here. You’ll shake too.

Sounds Escaping, the Stretch Marks, and Personality Crisis still go wide-eyed when we get messages and orders from places you wouldn’t think the What D’Ya See or Creatures For Awhile LPs would get to. It’s shocking. Stores and distros across the continent have been ordering all of our releases. Not only that: all three of our CD sets are making their way to Record Shop Answer in Nagoya, Japan!!

The best part is that both Stretch Marks and Personality Crisis are happy with the final product. The sound, carefully and lovingly remastered from the original sources by Craig Boychuk, is rich and full. That low end that was missing is back!! The booklets, put together by Dan Shnier at Ironstone Technologies, are gorgeous; jam-packed with photos and surprises and heaps to read through. The feedback from everybody who’s gotten their copies is all positive.

We are extremely proud of these two releases. It feels like it was forever ago that we announced that we were going to release these sets, but the care and energy and extra time that went into each set reflects this. Now to pack up all of these envelopes…

The Stretch Marks and Personality Crisis CDs Are Off To Press!!

Hi everyone! I’m glad you stuck around!

Who & What -The Complete Studio Recordings by Stretch Marks and Personality Crisis by Personality Crisis are both at the plant being pressed, printed, and put together. The weight that’s been on our shoulders here at Sounds Escaping has been lifted; the discs look sharp, the booklets are fat, and that sound… Craig Boychuk of CB Audio has done a stunning job remastering these two albums for us (if you picked out our first release, Every Twisted Tree Watches As You Pass by The Forbidden Dimension, then you know that Craig is a sonic sorcerer); so much so that people who’ve received their digital download have written back saying that they’re hearing notes that they’d never heard before! That the low end is now present! That they’d never thought this was possible! Kelly Stretch Mark said the remaster brought tears to his eyes, and Mitch Funk was grinning and air guitar/bass/drumming for the entire hour or so we listened to the PC set! Well, this makes us all pretty damn proud.

So what’s up with this pre-order that we started back in November? It’s still going, but only until Friday, February 3rd. The pre-order price for both sets is $30 Canadian, so all pre-orderers are saving $4 and getting that download. After February 3rd, the prices listed for each set apply, and you’ll have to use a streaming service while you wait for the postman. So get those pre-orders in before February 3rd!
All of the envelopes are addressed and stacked in a pile, waiting to be stuffed and stamped and sent off. Everybody who pre-orders also receives 320kbps mp3 downloads of both albums.

The physical/Bandcamp release date will be the first week of February (the day that we receive the discs at our offices), with iTunes/Spotify/GooglePlay/etc. release following a few weeks later.

THE PRE-ORDER PERIOD FOR THESE RELEASES IS NOW OVER

Here are the pre-order instructions again. You won’t be disappointed.

Before you send money:
1. All prices are in Canadian dollars.
2. Prices quoted below have postage included based on your location.
3. If paying with Paypal, please send the money as if you’re sending to family or friends. It keeps us from getting dinged, which helps pay off all of the label-running costs faster.
4. Include your mailing address. Really.

If you are only wanting the Stretch Marks collection, Paypal/e-transfer the following amount to pmichalishyn (at) gmail (dot) com
Canada: 
$19

U.S.A.: $21
Rest of the World: $24

If you are only wanting the Personality Crisis collection, Paypal/e-transfer the following amount to pmichalishyn (at) gmail (dot) com
Canada: 
$25

U.S.A.: $27
Rest of the World: $30

However, if you are  wanting both the Stretch Marks & Personality Crisis collections, you are a hero AND you’ll save $4 (during this pre-order period only).
Paypal/e-transfer the following amount to pmichalishyn (at) gmail (dot) com
Canada: 
$36

U.S.A.: $39
Rest of the World: $41

If you are in Winnipeg and don’t want to pay shipping, you can still pre-order the either CD for the amounts listed above (next to the descriptions), or both for a flat $30. We’ll get the CDs to you in person.

UPDATE: Stretch Marks and Personality Crisis CD Release News

Hello everybody! We have a bit of a bummer of an announcement to make:

The Stretch Marks and Personality Crisis releases have been pushed back into January.

We at Sounds Escaping wanted to have this pair out in time for Christmas, but it’s just not meant to be. There was just too much to do in a short amount of time. However, several great things have happened since:
– We’ve finalized the album covers! The Personality Crisis one looks a lot more refined, while we’ve overhauled the Stretch Marks cover completely. Don’t fret, we’re doing something cool with Dunits’ ‘croc’ poster!
– We have Stretch Marks-approved remasters! The band has heard and given a big, happy collection of thumbs up to Craig’s remastering job. The bonus track, “Not Your Decision”, has been freshly transfered from Bill’s master tape. It’s an old tape; Craig has done what he can with the song and it’s being included for posterity. It’s a wild find and we’re sure that it’ll surprise you.
– The liner note booklet for the Stretch Marks release is nearing completion. Our designer says that we’re definitely looking at over 24 pages of writing and many, many previously unseen photos. We’ve even managed to surprise the band with some of the stuff we unearthed. And that feels pretty great!
– While waiting for the final copy for the Personality Crisis liners, we received a very special package from PC guitarist Jimmy Green. He passed along some clippings and photos that are going to blow minds…

Sounds Escaping apologizes for the delay. Both sets will be submitted to the plant before Christmas in order to get them back in early January. The pre-order price will remain in effect until the CDs arrive at Sounds Escaping H.Q. and we’re re-posting the ordering instructions below. To make things better between us, reader, here’s a picture of Personality Crisis’ Mitch Funk leg-wrestling with Joey Ramone. Seriously. EDIT: This is Winnipeg Joey Ramone. Richard Duguay has notified us that there was a dude who rocked the look back in the day. He had us fooled!

legwrestle

THE PRE-ORDER PERIOD FOR THESE RELEASES IS NOW CLOSED

Before you send money:
1. All prices are in Canadian dollars.
2. Prices quoted below have postage included based on your location.
3. If paying with Paypal, please send the money as if you’re sending to family or friends. It keeps us from getting dinged, which helps pay off all of the label-running costs faster.
4. Include your mailing address. Really.

If you are only wanting the Stretch Marks collection, Paypal/e-transfer the following amount to pmichalishyn (at) gmail (dot) com
Canada: 
$19

U.S.A.: $21
Rest of the World: $24

If you are only wanting the Personality Crisis collection, Paypal/e-transfer the following amount to pmichalishyn (at) gmail (dot) com
Canada: 
$25

U.S.A.: $27
Rest of the World: $30

However, if you are  wanting both the Stretch Marks & Personality Crisis collections, you are a hero AND you’ll save $4 (during this pre-order period only).
Paypal/e-transfer the following amount to pmichalishyn (at) gmail (dot) com
Canada: 
$36

U.S.A.: $39
Rest of the World: $41

If you are in Winnipeg and don’t want to pay shipping, you can still pre-order the either CD for the amounts listed above (next to the descriptions), or both for a flat $30. We’ll get the CDs to you in person.

PRE-ORDER STRETCH MARKS & PERSONALITY CRISIS RELEASES

Hi everybody! I hope you're doing well. This label thing is a blast! It's pretty darn surreal talking to all of these musical heroes of ours and having them turn into friends (and dinner hosts/drinking buddies).

We here at Sounds Escaping love music. We don't discriminate either; great music can come from anywhere! But when a band this amazing is from Winnipeg, it gets us all hot and agitated. And right now, we here at Sounds Escaping are beyond-pleased two present TWO bands from our flatlands. Closing out 2016, we've got Who & What? - The Complete Studio Recordings by Stretch Marks and a 2CD (!!!), self-titled release by Personality Crisis.

Who & What? - The Complete Studio Recordings (SE-002)       $14
This marks the first time that both Who's In Charge and What D'ya See  will be on CD. Not only that, but both recordings have been remastered from the original tapes by Craig Boychuk!
In addition to these two seminal slabs being digitized for the first time, we've added both of their compilation appearances and have unearthed their last recording with the original line-up: the previously-unreleased "Not Your Decision". Included are liner notes from Pages Of Rage editors Chris Walter (GFY Press) and Matt Vinet, plus loads of rare photos and artwork from the archives!

Personality Crisis (SE-003)        $20
This one was a doozy to put together. Not only did we track down the original masters of Personality Crisis' sole album, Creatures For Awhile, as well as their second five-song studio demo, we unearthed an amazing digital transfer of their first three-song demo from original PC drummer Mark Halldorson! But wait, there's more! While we were digging through photos and material, Walter Kot (original PC guitarist) found the master tape that the band recorded in 1982 while down in San Francisco! An undocumented recording session, the tape features six of the album tracks in early, furious form, plus a completely unreleased song called "Fashion's Ruining Music". We tacked on the two compilation tracks, bringing the grand total up to TWENTY-NINE studio recordings. They wouldn't all fit onto one disc, so this one's gonna be spread out over two. Again, big fat liner notes from Pages Of Rage editors Chris Walter (GFY Press) and Matt Vinet, plus loads of rare photos and artwork from the archives!

THE PRE-ORDER PERIOD FOR THESE RELEASES IS OVER

We're starting the pre-orders RIGHT NOW. The last time we did this for our debut release, The Forbidden Dimension's Every Twisted Tree Watches As You Pass, it went swimmingly. So, please, read on and order away!

Before you send money:
1. All prices are in Canadian dollars.
2. Prices quoted below have postage included based on your location.
3. If paying with Paypal, please send the money as if you're sending to family or friends. It keeps us from getting dinged, which helps pay off all of the label-running costs faster.
4. Include your mailing address. Really.

If you are only wanting the Stretch Marks collection, Paypal/e-transfer the following amount to pmichalishyn (at) gmail (dot) com
Canada: 
$19

U.S.A.: $21
Rest of the World: $24

If you are only wanting the Personality Crisis collection, Paypal/e-transfer the following amount to pmichalishyn (at) gmail (dot) com
Canada: 
$25

U.S.A.: $27
Rest of the World: $30

However, if you are  wanting both the Stretch Marks & Personality Crisis collections, you are a hero AND you'll save $4 (during this pre-order period only).
Paypal/e-transfer the following amount to pmichalishyn (at) gmail (dot) com
Canada: 
$36

U.S.A.: $39
Rest of the World: $41

If you are in Winnipeg and don't want to pay shipping, you can still pre-order the either CD for the amounts listed above (next to the descriptions), or both for a flat $30. We'll get the CDs to you in person.

We're looking to have both releases back before the middle of December. If you have any questions or concerns, drop us a line.

SE-001: The Forbidden Dimension’s “Every Twisted Tree Watches As You Pass”

It was three months ago today that Sounds Escaping went from being just a Facebook page/whole lot of chatter, to being an actual record label. It was the release date for our very first collection of songs: The Forbidden Dimension’s Every Twisted Tree Watches As You Pass.

The Forbidden Dimension first popped onto my radar back in 1999 when I picked up a copy of the Au-Go-Go Records compilation, On Guard For Thee. I bought it for the alternate mix/take of Huevos Rancheros’ “Get Outta Dodge”, but quickly discovered all of these other bands that were just killing me as soon as their song blew out my speakers. The Evaporators, Chixdiggit!, The Von Zippers, cub… and The Forbidden Dimension. “Hellfire Club”, in all of it’s fuzzwarp’d glory, was unlike anything else I’d heard at the time. It was a horror story and a detailed painting, shrieking and slashing its way on the the canvas that was my eardrum. I came for the Eggs, but got sucked into that Forbidden Dimension.

I’d been collecting what I could for several years, buying 7″s and LPs despite not having a turntable. I had all three of their albums on CD and a smattering of 45s with track titles that I could only imagine what they sounded like. Somehow this tenacious teenager got his hands on the email address of the man behind all of this artwork that permeated my growing music library. I knew him has Jackson Phibes from the liner notes, and as “Tomb” from all of those covers. My heart exploded when my inbox had a reply waiting for me.

gorehound-quote
Q&A with Jackson Phibes from the fanzine, Gorehound, c.2002/2003

I’d been bugging Tom for years (fourteen or fifteen) to collect these single sides onto a CD, and he’d always misdirect with self-deprecation and slither down another path of conversation. E-mails turned into a Facebook friendship turned into an interview for my radio show turned into me surprising the band at the airport when they played their first gig in Winnipeg in forever. He put a face to this crazy dude from the Prairies. If Tom had some artwork to sell, I’d be the first in line. So I brought it up again. And, this time, Tom said yes.

Everything after that was a whirlwind. I had to come up with a name for the label and, after weeks of brain-storming and second-guessing, fell in love with Sounds Escaping. And, hell, a new friend I met while at work e-mailed a few logo designs for the label and gave them to me for free (some of you might even own a t-shirt with that logo on it)! My friend Lee, who’s been running No List Records for the last two decades, introduced to a guy named Craig Boychuk, who himself runs CB Audio and has recorded, mixed, and mastered hundreds of releases (and maybe thousands by the time you read this!). Craig transferred, cleaned up, and remastered all of the material that’s been collected on these two discs. Tommy, bless him, did ALL of the layout and art direction for the project. He even penned an 18-page essay for the accompanying booklet, and even nicked my original title for this set (Forbidden History) for that. He suggested a line from “A Cold & Lonely Evil” instead, which sounds <em>way</em> cooler than what I wanted, and it suits this collection perfectly. I can’t help but get goosebumps whenever I hear him sing that line.

It’s been a trip. I’ve sold CDs to people all around the world. Since the release of Every Twisted Tree Watches As You Pass, The Forbidden Dimension has played heaps of shows, including some south of the [Canadian/American] border, and even pushed the release during a live session on CJSW! I’m going to be eternally grateful for this opportunity. It’s a hell of a release, and this is just the beginning for Sounds Escaping.

You really should buy a copy for your own library. All prices are in Canadian dollars here.

Welcome to SoundsEscaping.com

 

Hi! Welcome to the official Sounds Escaping website.

We decided it best to get our official web presence up and going as quickly as possible.
Our site is sill being worked on and tinkered with daily, so if you find something that is broken or needs a bit of re-tooling, don’t be afraid to contact us.
We’re really friendly and passionate about music, so don’t be afraid to get in touch!

Look around, buy some things, like us on Instagram and Facebook.
We’ve got a lot of cool things on the go.