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).
STREAM “NO OFFENSE” BY SLUTEVER (with embed code)
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 www.banticmedia.com.
“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.”
STREAM WHEN I WAS 12 “TREE TRUNK OF MY HEART” BY WHEN I WAS 12 (with embed code)
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 (www.recordstoreday.com). 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 www.banticmedia.com
Slutever Pretend To Be Nice
I Can Dream the Rest Away
When I Was 12 S/T
Tree Trunk of My Heart
I Hate Books by Jack Kerouac
SLUTEVER SPRING TOUR DATES:
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
WHEN I WAS 12 TOUR DATES:
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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