By Sonam Parikh
A few weeks ago, we received a very interesting package from Auris Apothecary, a one-of-a-kind label based out of Bloomington, IN that focuses on unusual and innovative design and delivery of its fairly limited catalog. According to them, “We exist because fuck you.” Now that’s a sentiment we at GET BENT! can get behind.
Within the cardboard box was a package of limited edition Hot Pockets. Unfortunately, the contents of the box were not Hot Pockets but something even better! It turned out to be a cassette tape wrapped in vinyl. We felt bad for breaking the vinyl to get to the tape, but apparently the vinyl is supposed to be broken—it serves to tell us that we are the first people to ever touch the tape. Kind of cool, no? We grabbed the tape (7th Grade is a Drag, and yes, the lead singer was actually in 7th grade at the time)and went on a drive to listen to it. Little Orpheus and the Rogue Lyons are fantastic. A mix of psychdelic garage and some plucky funk, the sound is intensely catchy, and I found myself quite bereft after realizing there were only two songs to listen to. While the music was released in November of 2006, the tape was released in January of 2011, and it turns out two of the members of this band (Doug and Rachel) are now in MMOSS!