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Company Overseen By Jade Tree’s Darren Walters

Bantic Will Release Punk Duo Slutever’s “Pretend To Be Nice” 7-inch On March 29th

Bantic To Release Pop-inspired Quartet When I Was 12’s Eponymous 7-inch On Record Store Day, April 16th

Drexel University’s Bantic Media announces the signing of two of Philadelphia’s most exciting new acts - the Riot Grrrl inspired duo SLUTEVER, and the 60’s pop-inspired quartet WHEN I WAS 12.

Bantic  Media is a music marketing company run by the students within Drexel  University’s Music Industry Program, part of the Antoinette Westphal  College of Media Arts & Design. The artist services company is  overseen by music industry veteran Darren Walters who’s applied a DIY approach to music since 1991 when he co-founded Jade Tree (Jets to Brazil, The Promise Ring, Lifetime, Pedro the Lion, Cap’n Jazz).


The garage brat punk of SLUTEVER relishes in the scene of grunge-ridden sleaze. SLUTEVER grabbed Riot  Grrrl spirit by the neck and rose from the ashes of boy, angst and fast  food. Rachel Gagliardi and Nicole Snyder, currently students in the  music industry program and childhood friends, combined raw and real  lessons learned as teenagers and recorded their debut EP Sorry I’m Not  Sorry in a hot bathroom. Sorry I’m Not Sorry immediately gained local  attention from prominent Philadelphia music publications. Philadelphia’s  City Paper hailed the band as, “scuzzbutt punk” adding, “it’s drummy,  buzzy, nasal, noisy and provocative, exactly like it should be.”

On March 29 SLUTEVER returns with a new 7-inch Pretend to Be Nice – a breakthrough record with progressing instrumentation and their  usual blisteringly catchy melodies. Featuring two B-Sides recorded from  the Sorry I’m Not Sorry bathroom sessions, Pretend to Be Nice is a documentation of growth and maturity for Gagliardi and Snyder  sonically, with the same quirky teenage anxiety. Pretend to Be Nice is  available both digitally and on vinyl now, with a limited edition of 100  copies of the 7-inch available as red colored vinyl with a screen  printed cover and bonus screen printed poster at

“Working with Darren has been rad because he’s worked with so many bands that we love and respect,” said SLUTEVER’s Rachel Gagliardi. “We admire that Jade Tree has consistently embodied  the DIY and punk attitude, and that they work with artists they  genuinely appreciate.”

Nicole  Snyder added, "We would have never been able to afford to put out this  record ourselves, and we’re stoked that Bantic has provided us with not  only the resources, but also an amazing team of students who have been  working hard to get this release out.”


WHEN I WAS 12 began as a small project of revolving members from suburban New Jersey.  But it wasn’t until they became an established quartet and relocated to  Philadelphia did things really begin to gel for front woman Adrianne  Gold (guitar/vocals), Daniel Houwen (bass/guitar), Carolyn Haynes  (glockenspiel/saxophone/vocals) and Ryan Heupler (drums). After Adrianne  and Carolyn both became students in Drexel’s Music Industry Program,  they began working in earnest on their music and outreach.

With a bit of early 60s pop and a lot of love-related teenage angst, WHEN I WAS 12 writes  songs that stay in the head and heart forever. At times it feels like  things might fall apart, but that's the appeal. They hold it together by  the heartstrings while breaking yours.

The  foursome began to perform at small Philadelphia coffee shops and  basement shows and soon found themselves performing at larger venues  such as World Café Live and Johnny Brenda’s and sharing the stage with  the likes of Times New Viking, Des Ark, REVOLVER, Dangerous Ponies, and  Hop Along.

WHEN I WAS 12’s eponymous debut EP is a fully realized Drexel University project,  student Eric Sanderson recorded the songs on campus in one of Drexel’s  five professional recording studios. It was then mixed by Clark Connor,  and mastered by Maniac Mansion’s Ryan Schwabe. The resulting 7-inch will  be released on April 16, at Record Store Day (  Bantic Media will release 300 limited edition pieces of random colored  7-inch vinyl with full color custom sleeves designed by the band and  friends. Fifty copies of the colored 7-inch will be available with a  t-shirt.

Digital downloads and pre-orders for both SLUTEVER and WHEN I WAS 12 are available now at 

Slutever Pretend To Be Nice

Side A:

RIP Maple

I Can Dream the Rest Away

Side B:

So Prone

No Offense

When I Was 12 S/T

Side A:

Tree Trunk of My Heart

I Hate Books by Jack Kerouac

Side B:

So Sorry

Bedroom Sighs


2/26 - The Rotunda - Philadelphia, PA: AMP it Up! East Coast All-ages Music Summit w/ SGNLS & guest speaker Ian MacKaye

2/26 - The Ox - Philadelphia, PA: Two Piece Fest IV

3/12 –The Ox – Philadelphia, PA: w/ Joey Steele and the Attitude Adjusters, Oldstuff, Bucketflush, Dry Feet, Let Me Crazy

3/18 – Cheer Up Charlies – Austin TX: SXSW Showcase

3/19 - Broken Neck - Austin TX: SXSW Showcase

3/22 – Marion House - Auburn, AL: w/ Colleen Green (CA)

3/24 – TBD - Greensboro, NC: w/Fucking Dyke Bitches

4/1 – The Ox – Philadelphia, PA: Pretend to Be Nice record release show w/ The Eeries, Jeff The Brotherhood, Dry Feet

4/16 – TBD – Brooklyn, NY: Pretend to Be Nice record release show


2/25 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA: w/ REVOLVER

2/26 – The Fire – Philadelphia, PA: w/ Laura Stevenson and the Cans


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