Beat Awfuls - The Tearaways - Ghostbox

Beat Awfuls - Interstate Skeletons.

Beat Awfuls is the artistic vision of Boston expat and musical factotum Dave Vicini. Drawing from drugs, pop culture, and his personal experience all with a punk rock ethos, Dave dismantles his inspirations until the result is uniquely Beat Awfuls.  Like his heroes in The Breeders, The Velvet Underground, and Violent Femmes, his songs range from driving, enigmatic rockers to dark, vulnerable laments.  These songs are meant to linger, seductive like a pop hook, all while Vicini explores themes of disaffection, drug dependency and the realities of late-stage capitalism.

Beat Awfuls forthcoming album, PAWS, has the visceral and intimate quality of past releases, but finds new voice with dense distorted guitars, layered synths, and dissonance in all the right places. The title is an acronym for “Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome,” an affliction of the after-effects of substance misuse.  While the title may pinpoint Vicini’s location during the recording process, it doesn’t bind him; this album isn’t a slow, dour reflection on drug addiction and abuse; it’s an earth-clawing grasp to regain ground.

Dave started Beat Awfuls in 2005 as a 4-track bedroom recording project while living in Boston. These early recordings were released as People’s Champ: Anthology 2005-2011.  After moving to Lexington, KY, and forming a band he released two EPs: Party Slip and Hair to the Throne. In 2016, Beat Awfuls released their first full-length album, Nothing Happens on indie label Jurassic Pop. In 2019, Dave made his way back east, recording his sophomore album, Banana Appeal, before landing in Richmond, VA in 2020. In 2021, he reformed the band and then in 2022 he released a split cassette with Colleen Green. Beat Awfuls await their next full-length release, PAWS, slated for Feb. 10, 2023.


The Tearaways - Charlie, Keith, and Ringo.

The London-based Dirty Water Records has signed the California-based rock and roll outfit The Tearaways to a 5-year deal.

The label will be releasing the Ed Stasium-produced (Ramones, Talking Heads, Smithereens) record on 1 April 2023 called “And For Our Next Trick.” The band features the dual lead singers of bassist John “Fin” Finseth and rhythm guitarist Greg Brallier, lead guitar David Hekhouse and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame drummer Clem Burke (Blondie). Also, from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Benmont Tench plays keyboards and Steven McCarthy (The Jayhawks, The Long Ryders) added pedal steel guitar.

The new record was recorded at the legendary Village Recorders in Los Angeles and was mastered at Sterling Sound by Greg Calbi. The first single being released to radio is “Charlie, Keith and Ringo,” as well as the award-winning video (Raindance Festival directed by Stephen David Brooks (“Flytrap”). The spring single track “Are You Effing Kidding Me” will be released when the record is launched.

Label chief Paul Manchester: “We are thrilled to have assembled an all-star team including global distributor Cargo Records UK, Wipe Out Music Publishing, and US publicity specialist Lou Mansdorf in the US to help launch this project.“


Ghostbox - Orbit.

Ghostbox is composed of, Mike Buccino: Bass, Ted Knight: Guitar, Synth, Greg Parent: Drums & Percussion, Tim Parent: Guitar, Synth, Dermot Quigley: Vocals & Percussion, Andrew Stein: Percussion & Produced by Marc Dykeman

"Orbit" has a blues-infused psychedelic sound, which could be compared with The Record Company or The Black Keys. Other artists we appreciate include The War on Drugs, Radiohead, Bon Iver, and Lord Huron.