Arm Your Enemy – Vanguard (WHOA-0016)

Hold on tight, Detroit rockers Arm Your Enemy are charging on to the scene with their debut release, Vanguard.

Mixing elements of punk, indie and classic rock with layers of pop-influenced melodies, Vanguard is like a volcano, building in strength until it erupts. Vanguard displays the bands’ full range of emotions, from introspective and a bit sullen (Counting City Lights) to pissed off with a taste for vengeance (We Came for Blood).

eleased 28 January 2014
Ryan Alexia – Bass and Vocals
Keith Britt – Vocals
Matthew Edwards – Guitar and Vocals
Jay Miller – Drums
Franco Pecorelli – Guitar and Vocals

All Lyrics and Music written by Matthew Edwards;
Except Lyrics to Guilty Accusations by Keith Britt

Recorded in July and August 2013 at Rhythm 11 Studios in Chesterfield Township, MI.
Mixed and Mastered by Vin Strockis and Will D’Anna at Rhythm 11
Produced by: Vin Strockis, Will D’Anna and Arm Your Enemy

Every Last Stitch – The Mizzerables (WHOA-0015)

Every Last Stitch, the debut album from The Mizzerables, is an 11 song artillery shot, whistling by your ear and blowing you off of your feet. Part therapy session, part declaration of independence, The Mizzerables tell you all what it’s like to love, long and learn life’s lessons the hard way.

From the single, “Bottoms Up” to more aggressive tracks like “Everything I Need,” “Rise With Me,” and “Every Last Stitch” through the infectious hooks on tracks “Fourteen,” “Beauty Queen,” “Fatal Valentine” and “Scarlett Letters,” Every Last Stitch gives you everything punk and rock fans could ever want.

The single, “Bottoms Up,” will be released July 9th on iTunes, Amazon, and at the band’s bandcamp page, and the accompanying video will be out on BlankTV (dategoeshere). The full album will be available on iTunes, Amazon, and at the band’s bandcamp page on July 23rd. CD & Vinyl release dates will be forthcoming.

The Mizzerables will be premiering the video at the Whoapacolypse show July 13 at the Token Lounge in Westland, MI. The digital album release show will be on Thursday, July 25th at Liars Club in Chicago, IL.

The bulk of the album was engineered and mixed by Adam Instefjord, who has also worked with Lights Alive… (etc waiting for list) at the band’s Chicago studio. The final track, “Scarlet Letters,” was engineered and mixed by Jeff Dean at Million Yen Studios. Jeff has worked on albums from The Bomb, Dead Ending, Samiam, and more. The album was mastered by Doug McBride at Gravity Studios, where he has worked with acts such as Veruca Salt and Smashing Pumpkins.

Music like this, by artists like these, is the glue of the world. It’s what holds it all together. Without this, life would be meaningless. These are the kinds of tunes that will make you want to run up on the roof and sing them at the top of your lungs for everyone to hear. So check them out, you won’t be sorry.

The Mizzerables – Free Album Download & Pre-Orders

coverWith the July 23rd digital release date just under a month away, we here at Whoa! Records would like to invite you to preview the upcoming album Every Last Stitch from The Mizzerables. You can listen to the album, and download it for free, no e-mail required, at http://themizzerables.bandcamp.com. You can also pre-order a limited edition CD for only $5.

Every Last Stitch, the debut album from The Mizzerables’, is an 11 song artillery shot, whistling by your ear and blowing you off of your feet. Part therapy session, part declaration of independence, The Mizzerables tell you all what it’s like to love, long and learn life’s lessons the hard way.

From the single, “Bottoms Up” to more aggressive tracks like “Everything I Need,” “Rise With Me,” and “Every Last Stitch” through the infectious hooks on tracks “Fourteen,” “Beauty Queen,” “Fatal Valentine” and “Scarlett Letters,” Every Last Stitch gives you everything punk and rock fans could ever want.The video for the single “Bottoms Up” will be out on BlankTV the week of July 14th. The full album will be available on iTunes, Amazon, and at the band’s bandcamp page on July 23rd. CD & Vinyl release dates will be forthcoming.

The Mizzerables will be premiering the video at the Whoapacolypse show July 13 at the Token Lounge in Westland, MI. The digital album release party will be on Thursday, July 25th at Liars Club in Chicago, IL. Liars Club will have Hosted PBR from 8-9pm.

The bulk of the album was engineered and mixed by Adam Instefjord at the band’s Chicago studio. The final track, “Scarlet Letters,” was engineered and mixed by Jeff Dean at Million Yen Studios. Jeff has worked on albums from The Bomb, Dead Ending, Samiam, and more. The album was mastered by Doug McBride at Gravity Studios, where he has worked with acts such as Veruca Salt and Smashing Pumpkins.

Music like this, by artists like these, is the glue of the world. It’s what holds it all together. Without this, life would be meaningless. These are the kinds of tunes that will make you want to run up on the roof and sing them at the top of your lungs for everyone to hear. So check them out, you won’t be sorry.

P.S. – Thank you Empire Records

The Wanton Looks – The Wanton Looks (WHOA-0013)

The Wanton Looks first album is a 12-track hard-driving tramp through love, lust and the occasional schizophrenic episode over a soundtrack of forceful yet melodic guitars and a propulsive backbeat.

Long known in the Chicagoland area for their frenetic, take no prisoners live shows, the Wanton Looks have masterfully translated that energy to this record.

The self-titled album is full of tight hooks, simple and poetic vocals and and an occasional, unexpected guitar solo that will knock you on your ass.

Influenced by their experiences in the punk scene, folk bands, their love of Motown and more, the Wanton Looks bring a powerful brand of distorted, heartfelt (and a little edgy) rock and roll the likes of which you rarely find.

Whoapocalypse 2013 ALL AGES w/P.T.’s Revenge, The Mizzerables, Wrist-Rocket, Cruise Italy

The Whoapocalypse is coming, where do you want to be when it does?

Don’t worry, the world isn’t going to end, but it may feel like it if you miss this show. Could you live with yourself if you missed the premiere of The Mizzerables video for their new single, Bottoms Up? Of course not, so get to the Token Lounge in Westland on July 13.

While you’re there, you’re going to see some kick ass punk rock from Bottle Kids (Chicago), Due North, Cruise Italy, Wrist-Rocket, The Mizzerables and P.T.’s Revenge.

So get your tickets now, or spend the rest of your life listening to your friends talk about how amazing of a time you missed. Trust us, that’s not a disappointment that you want to live with.

Doors at 7:00PM music at 7:30PM SHARP!

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door

Order tickets via Eventbrite:
http://whoapocalypse2013-efbevent.eventbrite.com/

ALL AGES

First Print Ad, new Web Theme

The new issue of Razorcake contains our first print ad!

Razorcake Ad

Also, I am working on a new theme and build out for the web-site with lots of new features, and exclusives for members of the site. Over the next few months I will be rolling out the changes to the site.

Thanks everyone, and welcome to 2013!

–Mizzi

Black Christmas Ticket Winner / Whoa! on iTunes / Looking Forward to 2013

Fans, Friends, and Family,

We would like to congratulate Carly Underwood for winning a pair of tickets to Black Christmas during our holiday giveaway!!!

For those of you who received some shiny iTunes gift cards over the holidays, a number of Whoa! Records releases are available on iTunes:

2012 was a wild ride at Whoa! Records. It was our first full year since returning to operations in mid 2011. We released a total of five amazing albums this year. Also, the end of year show has morphed into something bigger and better than we ever could have imagined with 7 of our bands taking part in the Black Christmas show. There are so many people who helped make all of this possible – members of all of the bands, my partner in crime: Joe Novak, Ramona @ Black Iris Booking, and all of our fans, friends, and family.

Looking forward to 2013, I plan to move Whoa! Records forward by expanding our reach out of our core markets (Detroit and Chicago) by increasing our marketing budget. Our first print ad ever will be in Razorcake’s next print issue, and we intend to begin advertising in other publications as well as our budget allows. Hopefully, this will help introduce more people to our family here at Whoa! and make this an even bigger party.

We have a few releases either in progress or being discussed, but no solid release dates for the year yet. However, today I would like to formally announce my plans to begin a 7″ subscription series. I am still working out the details, but plan to begin releases in the third quarter of this year. The releases will be a combination of splits and EPs, and will be short run vinyl releases (approx 100 – 250 per release), with special colors for subscribers, and subscribers receiving their copies first, and the remaining being sold through our web store. Subscriptions will be yearly, and will include 4 releases (with the labels option to include bonus releases). A portion of the proceeds will go to charity.

Happy Holidays everyone, and I hope to see all of you Friday at Black Christmas!!!

— Mizzi

Split – Few and Far Between / Cruise Italy (WHOA-0014)

Sometimes two things that are amazing on their own come together through some twist of fate, and a legendary team is formed.

Continuing the tradition of great collaborations, veteran Detroit (and Brooklyn) indie rockers Few and Far Between join Cruise Italy on a new 7″ split from Whoa! Records.

The record is a study in contrast. While Cruise Italy takes a carefully wrought, melodic approach on their track, Young Villains, Few and Far Between take a more aggressive tack.

On one side, Few and Far Between’s track Left for Dead is a hawkish missive about trying to find the inspiration to break out of the routine of our workaday lives. Its anthemic choruses are made truly powerful with help from Jay Navarro (Suicide Machines/Break Anchor/Hellmouth)

On the other side, Cruise Italy charts a more measured and poetic approach with their contribution to the record. The warm and somber tone of Young Villains weaves a tale of someone taking a leap and starting a new life.

The contrasting tones of each track make for a perfect combination. This is a record you’re not going to want to miss out on.

September / October 2012 Turntable Frenzy!!!

Want to get your hands on a brand new Audio Technica AT-PL60 turntable and some vinyl to play on it? All you have to do is fill out the simple form at http://www.whoarecords.net/september-october-2012-subscriber-drive/ through October 31, 2012! We aren’t shy about it, we will put you on our mailing list, but you can unsubscribe from it anytime you like.

You can stream ALL of our releases at http://store.whoarecords.net… Check it out, we release top-notch pop-punk-rock! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow me on Twitter!

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