The records you see below are part of the Too Much Rock Single Series – a collection of 45 RPM singles that marry great songs with great bands all for the love of vinyl. Each old-school two-song single features one unique song paired with one cover chosen by the site. We press 500 limited edition copies and then simply give them away to the bands. We lose money. Bands make a little. Vinyl lives. Everyone wins.

I've been getting a lot of questions about the series, so: Yes, it's always a local band. No, I'm not taking suggestions. No, once they're gone they're gone. Yes, I just give them to the band and they can do whatever they want with them. And, whenever I feel like it. For anything else visit the about page and drop me an email. I love to talk about this project.

Hipshot KillerAll the Hell in the World / Sky Flying ByDUE 10/21/16

The fifth installment of the singles series features a band that has roots so deep in the KC music scene that it predates Too Much Rock's 1997 arrival. Hipshot Killer aptly describes its sound as "power-punk," and the driving guitar and strong melody found on A side "All the Hell in the World" live up to that portmanteau. It's paired with the timeless "Sky Flying By" originally recorded by influential West Coast, genre-defying punks Samiam. The limited-edition vinyl-only single is available directly from the band starting 10/21/16. One press of 400 on black vinyl, 100 on colored vinyl.

All the Hell in the World:

Reviews and write ups: Kansas City to Lawrence Vinyl Records (review)

The Uncouth!KC United / Gudbuy T'JaneRELEASED 5/15/15

The Uncouth! kick off volume 4 of the Singles Series with "KC United." This anthemic number is an old-school call for unity between the punk and skinhead scenes and celebrates KC's rich history. The B-side features a powerful take of Slade's 1972 smash "Gudbuy T'Jane" that retains all the glam stomp of the original. Pick up a copy directly from the band.

KC United:

Reviews and write ups: The Pitch's Reader's Choice Best Local 7-Inch Single, review (Kansas City to Larwrence Vinyl Records), Uncovering The Uncouth! (Oi! of America), review (The Deli)

Josh BerwangerOh Bis! / Back Of My HandRELEASED 6/3/14

Volume 3 of the Singles Series features Josh Berwanger (of The Anniversary & Only Childen) with new power pop jam "Oh Bis!" on the A-side, and The Jags' 1978 should-have-been hit "Back Of My Hand" on the reverse. The single features a must see retro paper sleeve created by alternate movie poster guru Jay Shaw.

Oh Bis!:

Reviews and write ups: review (Innocent Words), review (Kansas City to Lawrence Vinyl Records, review (Rock Star Journalist), Coming soon: Berwanger release on 7-inch series (Ink Magazine)

Rev GustoStill There / Local Girls RELEASED 4/19/14

The second installment of the singles series features Kansas City's Rev Gusto. The young band's brilliant blending of power pop and shaggy mod shines on A side "Still there," while the band nails the jittery emotion of Graham Parker's "Local Girls" on the B side. The limited-edition 45 is available directly from the band.

Still There:

Reviews and write ups: review (KC to Lawrence Vinyl Records), review (Rock Star Journalist), review (The Deli), review (I Heart Local Music), Sneak preview: rev Gusto for Too Much Rock Singles Series (The Pitch)

Schwervon!Landlocked / Off Duty TripRELEASED 11/12/13

The singles series kicks off with Schwervon, a Kansas-via-NYC band (how often does that happen?) featuring guitarist Matt Roth and drummer Nan Turner. "Landlocked" is the first song written by the duo after moving to Kansas City, so it's only right that it appears on this release. Soon after witnessing the band's blending of Roth's ferious rock with Turner's fearless ingenuity, I knew that I wanted them to tackle the Raincoats' off-kilter 1979 anthem "Off Duty Trip." To get the 45 you'll have to talk to the band – I gave away all my copies.


Reviews and write ups: The 7-inch record single is the newst old thing (Ink Magazine), The Pitch, Kansas City to Lawrence Vinyl Records, The Pitch, Riot on the Plaza, Kansas City Live Music Blog, Rock Star Journalist, Rock Star Journalist (again!), The Larryville Chronicles.