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Save this weekend only with our Midwestern Geo Sale!

Save now through Monday with our Geo Sale! We're bundling records from bands located in the Midwest this month - save on LPs and CDs from Tasha, Sat. Nite Duets, NNAMDÏ and NADINE until Monday 8/10. Nab a bundle while supplies last!

10 years of Father/Daughter - an interview and playlist with Alex Luciano of Diet Cig

Listen to Alex of Diet Cig's hand-curated mix here!

Father/Daughter Records: How'd you first hear of / begin working with F/D?

Alex Luciano: I think the first release that clued us into F/D was the Rivergazer - Random Nostalgia album, It was such a favorite of ours and our friend group in 2014, it came out right when DC was just a little idea in our heads. We began working with F/D when our pal Dean Engle from the band QUARTERBACKS sent the freshly recorded Over Easy EP to Jessi and they were just as stoked about it as we were! I couldn’t believe we were going to be able to release a physical cassette of the songs! It was so exciting and such a privilege to get to work with Jessi right off the bat in our career. I was so new to being in a band and it all felt so surreal. It still does! I cherish the moment I first held that little pink cassette in my hands, it’s so cheesy but I just could not believe our music was made into something I could hold.

F/D: How'd y'all meet?

AL: Noah and I met at a house show his other band Earl Boykins was playing in New Paltz where I was going to school. We chatted about making a music video because I was a digital media production student at the time. We started hanging out after that, I would go take videos of Earl Boykins at shows and eventually we started trying out playing some songs together!

F/D: What were some inspirations for some of the songs on the record?

AL: We were really inspired by the catchy, poignant songwriting of bands like Best Coast, Frankie Cosmos, Radiator Hospital, and P.S. Elliot. We liked the earnest lyrics and upbeat, dancey punk vibe of bands like this and wanted to make songs that were emotional but also made people wanna dance in a basement.

F/D: What was the recording process like? Any super memorable moments?

AL: Awww it was such a nice time! We did it on Halloween at our friend—and now longtime collaborator— Chris’ studio, Salvation Recording Co. It was recorded in one day and it really felt like we just did it on a whim. Everyone was stoked but I was SO nervous about tracking vocals. It was the first time for me and I remember not being able to figure out the timing on Breathless and Chris just being like “dude, this is your song, sing it however you sing it. If it’s not perfectly in time with the rest that’s fine because that’s how you sing it” and that felt like a revelation. Diet Cig could be whatever we wanted it to be and however we recorded it or played it live was the correct way because that’s how we did it! I also remember Chris and Noah spending a lot of time trying to get snare sound perfect for Scene Sick and in the end they duct taped a sneaker to it to damper it the right amount lol. I know there’s a picture of it somewhere… There were so many sweet memories of that time though, it was truly such a warm environment to make songs. I remember staying up late to make celebratory burritos, I think late night cooking and communal kitchen time is a very important and special staple of recording at Salvation and we had a lot of that while recording Over Easy.

F/D: If you could add one song to over easy, what would you want it to be about?

AL: Okay this is so corny but I truly wouldn’t add any song to Over Easy, it’s such a treasured piece of history for us as a band and also makes me so nostalgic as a person and I just feel like it’s so pure??? Like we had no idea anyone would listen to it!! I feel like we’ve grown so much as a band that we would just ruin it if we tried to add a song to it haha.

F/D: Any favorite F/D albums thus far?

AL: OMG so many!!! We both are such fans of a ton of F/D releases, here’s 5 that have been on heavy rotation for us throughout the years:

Crush On Me - Sir Babygirl

Fear & Force - Vagabon

Stranger to the Pain - Pllush

Ultra Pink - NADINE

Adult Teen - Lisa Prank

F/D: What've y'all been up to since?

AL: We’ve gotten to release two full length albums, two more singles, and lots of videos! We’ve toured to so many places in the world I never thought I’d even get to visit, let alone TOUR to!! Releasing this EP with F/D truly kickstarted our entire music career and we’ve been able to truly follow the dream of performing our music for people who are just as excited about what we’re making as we are. We just released our sophomore album “Do You Wonder About Me?” and have also gotten really into rock climbing when we’re not on the road! As I type this we’re in the van on the way out to the woods to do some climbing out in West Virginia haha. But for real, Diet Cig has truly changed our life, starting with Over Easy! <3

Anjimile joins Father/Daughter ~ their debut album, Giver Taker out released Sept 18

Today we are proud to welcome Boston singer-songwriter Anjimile to the label! Their debut album entitled Giver Taker will be released on September 18, 2020.

Giver Taker is a beautiful piece of work that encompasses a wide swath of musical genres - think Sufjan Stevens-esque pastoral ballads against warm, steady instrumentation informed by a mix of 80’s pop, Malawi music and The Lion King. Anjimile Chithambo (they/them, he/him) wrote much of the album while in treatment for drug and alcohol abuse, as well as while in the process of living more fully as a nonbinary trans person.

The first single, "Maker" is accompanied by a visually stunning lyric video by illustrator Gemma Tracy-Burns. Watch it below.

Pre-orders are now open for vinyl, CD, cassette, unisex boxers, as well as a few bundle variations. Shop HERE.

10 years of Father/Daughter - an interview and playlist with Matt Berry of Happy Diving

Listen to Matt Berry of Happy Diving's curated mix here!

Father/Daughter Records: How'd you first hear of / begin working with F/D?

Matt Berry: Before F/D I had never worked with a record label. Happy Diving put out a song from an EP we had recorded to share with our friends and F/D caught wind, got in touch and made it all happen for us. We were clueless with regards to music industry stuff but Jessi took great care of us. We did that cassette release and then later that year put out Big World.

F/D: How'd you meet the rest of your bandmates?

MB: We were all scattered around the East Bay at the time. We met through the small music scene that existed in our part of the bay, Newark, Dublin/Pleasanton, San Ramon Valley, etc. Our previous projects started to fall apart and our common interests in heavier, guitar centric stuff brought us together to start HD.

F/D: What were some inspirations for some of the songs on the record?

MB: We were all quite young when we started the band, around 18-19. Ascending from childhood to adulthood played a large role in the material. We really didn't know better than to try and emulate our favorite bands at the time. Older groups like Dinosaur Jr. and My Bloody Valentine but also modern acts like Milk Music, Tony Molina, Ovlov and California X. We had serious intention with the band but it was mostly just a breezy and fun time, writing music, practicing and hanging out.

F/D: What was the recording process like? Any super memorable moments?

MB: Recording was probably one of the best parts about being in Happy Diving. We did every record at The Atomic Garden with Jack Shirley back when he was based in Palo Alto. I haven't had a recording experience like it since. Being on a budget forced us to really hone things in before we got to the studio. When we were there we would do one or two takes of a song and call it good. Big World was recorded in basically one day. I could never do that now. It's a very tired phrase but things just seemed easier back then.

F/D: Any favorite F/D albums thus far?

MB: Well I must give a shout out here to Lisa Prank and Who is She? as those are now my housemates.

F/D: What've y'all been up to since?

MB: Happy Diving has been on hiatus since 2016 but we've all kept busy. Mikey and Sam have a TON of projects. too many to list but their main projects are New Circle and Toner, respectively. Sam also runs a record label called Smoking Room which has put out a lot of cool music. We had a rotating cast of guitar players over our short stint as a band. Our original and longest standing guitar player, Matt Yankovich, now plays guitar in Just Friends. Kevin Prochnow joined the band as our third guitar player somewhere down the line; he also plays in Just Friends. Our friend Will Anderson did a short stint in the band, he now has a group called Hotline TNT. As for me, I have two main projects, Big Bite and The Berries.

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