This was originally released for Record Store Day 2011, unfortunatly we couldnt get it out to as many stores in time as we would have liked. So were making the excess stock available online to everyone who missed out.
heres the blurb:
For RECORD STORE DAY 2011 we will be releasing a 30 track 12”! This was originally released as a very Ltd cassette on Italian Beach Babes (Conans label) last year. But is now gonna get a wider release. So far it will be available in Rough Trade and Flash Back in London, Resident in Brighton and Piccadilly in Manchester (if we can get it there in time). The record consists of alternate versions of album tracks, old songs, covers, half ideas, samples etc etc. 200 copies on Black Vinyl with hand stamped labels.
Jack Mazes on the release...
Before Conan joined the band, we knew him from playing shows in London and his label Italian Beach Babes. He put us up a couple of times. We hit it off. After he'd been listening to Sebadoh's Freed Weed all day, he mailed me and asked whether Mazes would like to do a tape on Italian Beach Babes... demos, live versions, half songs, field recordings... it appealed to the part of me that had been listening to Virgin Fugs all day and the part of me that had nothing better to do.
I began collecting together all of the demos that I'd recorded over 2009. At that time Jarin and I lived in different cities, so Mazes existed purely as a project...not really a band...I'd send him songs that I recorded on my phone or in Garageband and he'd get back to me with thoughts and ideas. We'd record together very occasionally and usually if we had a seven inch to put together. Our great friend Jay would play drums, my girlfriend Claire would sing back up and those recordings make up the more 'band-y' side of the tape. The rest of the songs were things that I recorded on my eight track the week after Conan asked...it was fun to do...to have a deadline from someone, with absolutely no brief.
The tape got pressed up...50 copies at first and was repressed 4 times...250 Mazes fans can't be wrong. When we got the vinyl back a few days ago and I listened to it for the first time ever. I felt pretty proud. It reminds of a time when I was completely finding my feet and as a band; we were working out our sound. It reminds me of a time when we'd play with our favourite bands and make new friends... Male Bonding, Pens, Graffiti Island, Teen Sheikhs.