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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.