It’s really inconsiderate for people to get mad at independent labels for not sending their tapes/records within two weeks or whatever insane deadline they want. For most of those labels you have to understand that they pay more attention to detail and take more time to personalize it for you and make the quality of the product greater than what you would get from a major label. Also for some of the labels this is not their main job. Bird Tapes for example, which made me write this, sends really quality tapes and records and is run by one guy who has another job. You just need to be patient and when you order know that the wait will be worth it for the really great product your getting.
Porches./LVL UP - Split | /100 Coke Bottle Green | Bird Tapes/Double Double Whammy
Porches./LVL UP - Split | /300 Black | Bird Tapes/Double Double Whammy
What I remember most about ordering these was how expensive they were. I don’t remember the exact amount, but it was way more than seemed like it should’ve been. This was at a time when I wanted to variant collect for LVL UP, though. So I had to make the purchase. I didn’t really know much about Porches. before this split, but I really like their songs.
Porches. takes the a-side and starts with a stripped down acoustic track called “Strapping Young Weirdos”. I like their singer’s voice. It’s comforting. “Townie Blunt Guts” is my favorite song on this split. I don’t even know what to compare it to. I think that’s a good thing. It’s the perfect amount of fuzzy without being in your face. The riffs/leads in this song are great and the harmonies make it perfect.
LVL UP starts off their side with “Cross The Sea”. If the last Porches. song was fuzzy without being in your face, this is the complete opposite. Once the guitars kick in, they’re almost pure fuzz. I like the way the double the vocals high and low. They use two different singers and their voices blend together nicely. “Bad Blood” is extra fuzzy as well. It doesn’t have the hook + catchiness of the first song. It’s a grower for sure. I wasn’t too fond of it at first, but I appreciate it a lot more now. When things cut back is where the strength in this track lies. The more laid back middle is my favorite and helps make the fuzzy ending all the better.