A lot of info here so I’ll be short. Get Hip is one of the best in the business of putting out records full of integrity and if a band is with Get Hip, it’s an automatic like for me , that’s how much I trust their decisions to put the Get Hip name on a record. We at 50THIRDAND3RD always aimed to not be know as a blog that caters to just one genre so we get where Get Hip is coming from with their new Folk series. Give a listen, you’ll be impressed by Some Kind Of Animal.
The name Get Hip Records may not conjure images of acoustic guitars and understated chamber-folk arrangements. Not yet anyway.
But after more than three decades as one of the world’s most reliable sources of rock and roll that truly rocks, from the primal garage-punk aesthetic that continues to define The Cynics to more recent purveyors of reckless abandon like Paint Fumes and France’s Weird Omen, the venerable independent label is about to launch the Get Hip Folk Series.
Cynics guitarist and label-owner Gregg Kostelich explains the decision to expand Get Hip’s horizons: “I’ve always liked folk, blues, jazz and other types of music and I feel there was a need to release other genres to fill this void within Get Hip.”
The first release arrives April 7 — an album from Some Kind of Animal, whose first single, a bittersweet chamber-folk ballad called “Seasons,” was released last fall. Arriving April 28, it’s an album of raw acoustic folk blues as well as a handful of tracks that are closer in spirit to singer-songwriter music from Zack Keim of Nox Boys. And hopefully, you’re ready for the country, too, because May brings an album from the great Slim Forsythe.
All three artists are from Pittsburgh, home of Get Hip and the Cynics. But don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s a locals-only proposition. They’ll expand the roster as they go with more exciting new releases to announce before the year is out.
– Ed Masley (March 2017)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Some Kind of Animal began as a side-project between close friends and longtime collaborators Anthony Jardine (vocals, guitar, keys) and Tim Mulhern (vocals, guitar). The two met semiweekly for three or four years, sharing and workshopping demos that didn’t fit the tone of their then bands. Over time, the burgeoning passion project became the duo’s primary musical outlet.
When it came time to record, Jardine and Mulhern turned to Tyler Watkins, bassist for seminal Indianapolis indie rock outfit Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s. Having produced several of Margot’s albums, Watkins, with his masterful Chamber pop sensibilities, seemed like an obvious choice to help bring SKOA’s psych-folk-tinged demos to life.
Joined by drummer Dave Rocco, Some Kind of Animal settled into a weeklong sojourn at Postal Recordings, a decommissioned post-office-turned-analog-studio near downtown Indianapolis. Armed with an earnest desire to create something honest and raw, the band set to committing their songs to tape–even allowing several tracks to exist as single-take snapshots; transcendental moments in time.
The culmination of SKOA’s ardent craftsmanship is a sweeping self-titled debut laced with lyrical imagery and melodic harmonies. The 11-track album teems with wistful, melancholy vocals set within musical beds that are at once modern and timeless—a vibe best described as “soulful indie folk rock.” This record is a testament to Some Kind of Animal’s journey as writers and musicians; a feeling that the band, lately joined by bassist Rich Cordon, hopes its listeners can perceive as well.
Get Hip Recordings is proud to present Some Kind of Animal’s eponymous album as the premier title in its new Folk Series. Featuring artwork by drummer Dave Rocco, the record will be released April 7 on 12” LP, CD, and digital.
LIYL: Local Natives, Band of Horses, Jeff Buckley, Fleet Foxes
“Reminds me of The Band—Music from Big Pink-era.”
– Gregg Kostelich, The Cynics
A1. Hold On
A2. Love When I’m Dead
A3. Caroline *
A4. Been Down This Road
A5. Clouds *
B1. Seasons *
B3. Just Lonely
B4. Old Vaccum
B6. Midnight *