Shop Radio Cast recently announced the vinyl re-issues of Piebald’s 2004 album “All Ears, All Eyes, All the Time” and 2007 album “Accidental Gentlemen,” the band’s final release before breaking up in 2008. Indie rock quartet Piebald’s 1999 “Venetian Blinds” album remains to this day one of the most celebrated indie rock albums of all time. But while the “Venetian Blinds” album is an underground favorite, Piebald’s 2002 release titled “We Are the Only Friends We Have” is widely considered the band’s landmark album, not to mention their most sought-after studio recording. And the selected re-issues from Shop Radio Cast—“All Ears, All Eyes, All the Time” and “Accidental Gentlemen”—showcase Piebald’s later recordings. Having moved on from the heavy, screaming hardcore fare of their humble beginnings, then from the tight, infectious indie rock with actual singing and lyrics marked by wry humor and wonderful absurdities which occupied the middle of their fourteen-year span, “All Ears…” and “Accidental…” are both from the third stage of musical evolution in which the band experimented with different styles and instrumentation, like piano, horn sections, vocal harmonies, handclaps and other percussion, and so forth.
“All Ears, All Eyes, All the Time,” originally released in 2004, was produced by Paul Q. Kolderie (Cave-In, Dinosaur jr., fireHOSE, Hole, The Pixies, Radiohead, etc). Shop Radio Cast’s re-issue is on coke bottle-clear vinyl. And it is limited to 500 copies.
“Accidental Gentlemen,” Piebald’s final studio album from 2007, possesses a decidedly more organic sound, a more human sound, as vocalist and guitarist Travis Shettel was quoted as having said regarding the quality the album, because it was largely tracked to analog tape, rather than the favored computerized recording methods of today. Shop Radio Cast’s re-issue of the “Accidental Gentlemen” long-player is available on 180-gram gold vinyl. And it, too, is limited to 500 copies.
Another Travis Shettel quote is: “We’re gentlemen at heart, but a bit sloppy by nature. We’re coming from a sort-of losers’ standpoint, trying to win.” Well, considering that Piebald is considered one of the very best indie rock bands, ever…and that their music stands tall beside other such artists, like Braid, The Promise Ring, Mineral, Cursive, Sunny Day Real Estate, Archers of Loaf, The Jazz June, and so on…it is decidedly evident that Piebald has in fact won after all. And I would wager that Piebald’s extensive repertoire will remain important, all of them, for as long as good rock songs are held in high regard by music enthusiasts the world over. In other words, these songs will undoubtedly endure for a long time to come; and deservedly so.
If, like me, this is the kind of release you get incredibly stoked about, you might want to head on over to Shop Radio Cast’s webstore and order your Piebald vinyl while supplies last. There is little doubt that these platters will go fast.