04/29/16 · Take This To Heart Records · T3H-023
“I think it’s a pretty important thing for people to feel like they’re at home. Not just where you live, or a sense of stability, but with the people you’re surrounded by too,” says The Other Stars singer/guitarist Connor Bird. Hailing from the small town of Worcester, MA, these sentiments resonate throughout The Other Stars debut release, “We Were Kids,” as Bird deals with a multitude of relationships that shape his life and the record. He goes on to say, “I don’t think it’s necessarily inherent in classic examples like the nuclear family either, like some people expect it to be. It can come in all shapes and sizes. And I think we’ve all had times where we don’t feel at home anymore, which can be pretty lonely.”
Blending modern indie rock with 90’s alternative while layering on top quirky, introspective lyrics - The Other Stars are a breath of fresh air for both new and old ears.
Bird delivers a candor and honesty in his lyrical approach that keeps the listeners engaged. “I don't want to be your radio, tuning in to any station you might like that fits your selfish needs on winter nights, when you would call me on the phone to validate all of the stupid selfish reasons why your house is not a home.” Self evaluation in both the macro and micro sense bleed through on songs like “Green My Eyes” and “Very Okay” while songs like “Home Is Where You Make It” take on a sense of identity and where you belong in the world right now.
02/01/2016 · Take This To Heart Records · T3H-024
Austin, Texas based rock/post-punk band Locket take influences from an extensive amount of bands. Ranging from the harder side of La Dispute and Mewithoutyou but not limiting themselves to more melodic driven bands such as Glassjaw and Brand New. Locket’s all out vocal assault and driving guitars blend eloquently with their pulsing drums as they seamlessly switch from loud to quiet and then back again.
These longtime friends intend to capture the raw emotion of the music that helped shape who they are today. Formed in 2014, and with only word of mouth, DIY booking, and no actual release of music, the band quickly filled local and regional lineups and built relationships and networks with bands and fans. An honest excitement was being built that was reminiscent of bands that helped build our youth.
Teaming up with label Take This To Heart Records, Locket re-released their self-titled EP on February 1st, 2016 and are poised to put out even more tunes later on this year.
11/7/15 · Take This To Heart Records · T3H-021
Cope. Not everyone does it the same way. Not everyone can put the pen to paper, create, sing and repeat every night without losing candor. Every story is unique. Every story is unparalleled. Take This To Heart Records is proud to present four songs from two bands that exude sincerity in the most endearing ways.
Dead Leaves & PINE have teamed up to put together a mercurial split that penetrates and cuts the skin with both beauty and eloquence. Spinning emotional webs that revolve around heart wrenching retellings of vulnerability, love and death. These songs not only stick to your soul, but also leave an imprint.
“I started writing ‘Recycled Air’ in February and kind of set it aside until my Dad passed away”, reveals Dead Leaves vocalist/guitarist Elliot Blair. “I picked the song back up and finished it out of anger, frustration and sadness.” Elliot put a lifetime’s worth affection and adoration into two and a half minutes that simply brings the listener closer with every syllable sung.
PINE vocalist Darlene Deschamps’ delivery is ripe with volatility as she sings, “Use me… I don’t have another way out” in the split closer Lopri. Her unabashed unapologetic vocals work perfectly diving in and out of pulsing drums and guitars that seem to shift from soothing to angry, as the mood dictates.
Cleveland, Ohio’s Dead Leaves recently re-released their stellar self-titled EP through Take This To Heart Records that fits in with bands like Brand New and Say Anything. While Ontario, Canada’s PINE comes off the heels of a fantastic self released debut EP entitled “you bury me” that feels right at home with the likes of Field Mouse, Lydia and Balance and Composure.
10/23/15 · Take This To Heart Records · T3H-020
Life is all about transitions, the desire to get from who you are to who you want to be. Just like the people who comprise them, every band is on a journey to find an identity and become comfortable in it’s own skin. For Phoenix, Arizona indie punks, Sundressed, these changes are the foundation of their new EP, The Same Condition.
After a string of releases dabbling in different sounds, Sundressed began to truly find their unique voice on their early 2015 EP, Dig Up A Miracle. Now with the release of The Same Condition, the band continue to deliver on the promise of their earlier work, creating endearingly honest melodic punk mixed with shades of indie rock, and massive hooks to spare.
Sonically, Sundressed excel at writing soaring harmonies and ear warm choruses, but lyrically, The Same Condition touches on darker territory. Heartbreak, depression, and toxic relationships are commonplace in alternative music, but Sundressed singer/guitarist Trevor Hedges takes a unique approach, deftly balancing intensely personal stories with universally relatable truths. Hedges said of the EP, “being in recovery and having struggled with depression in the past always makes things harder, but these songs are my way of letting it out and realizing that you can get through just about anything without going down a dark path.”
Sundressed walk a line between youthful enthusiasm and adult thoughtfulness, energetic punk and quirky indie, harrowing desperation and uplifting hopefulness. On The Same Condition the band have embraced these dynamics, found solace in transition, and are well on their way to becoming who they want to be.
10/9/15 · Take This To Heart Records · T3H-022
EMBRACER is a five-piece indie/rock outfit based out of Charleston, West Virginia. While officially forming in the Spring of 2011, the band has went through an extensive metamorphosis since then. Bringing together a collective of dark, brooding, and ambient works, the group also strongly enforces substance and feeling in their music. Leaving a lasting impression on the listener.
In November of 2014, EMBRACER released their debut EP entitled My Father's Will. A five track record mixed, and mastered by Matt Malpass in Atlanta, Georgia. The EP is an emotionally moving, and personal work from start to finish. It is a brief, but raw look into Embracer and what is to come.
“My Father's Will has been a cornerstone in everything that has transpired thus far.” Says singer/guitarist Jordan Bradley. He continues, “We've been places, met people, and overall shared experiences that couldn't have happened without recording those songs.”
Jordan says, “Mend is a way to take a different approach, and see things from a raw perspective, a portion of the songs that have changed our lives.” Stripped down and confessional, Mend conjures emotion in its’ simplest form. Bare and unadulterated EMBRACER’s new EP shows the softer side of the band while showcasing their immense song writing talent.
7/15 · Take This To Heart Records · T3H-019
FREE Summer 2015 compilation with our good friends at the Mayflower Collective.
Featuring Sundressed, Fossil Youth, Head North, A Will Away, On Your Marks, PINE, Dead Leave and more!
7/17/15 · Take This To Heart Records · T3H-018
Nerve Clinic is the project of Chase Griffis from Salt Lake City, Utah. Forming in October 2011, Griffis gave life to his collection of bedroom songs and teamed up with Jeremy Conder and Eric Rose (I am the Ocean, Bon Viviant) and Bryan Lee (Heartless Breakers, Visitors) to create Fail Better - recorded during spring of 2012 at Rigby Roads Studio with Joel Pack. Nerve Clinic played a handful of shows until Chase's and Bryan's focus shifted to Heartless Breakers in 2013.
Fail Better serves as a prequel to Griffis' ongoing progression as a person and musician prior to continuing his stories through Heartless Breakers. "After revisiting these songs four years later, I find that what I was writing about was very petty and laugh at the thought that I could have failed better." Capturing heartbreak, self-defeat, and anger of an early twenty-something, lines like 'I don't understand the competence it takes to make me a man. I swear my conscious speaks in past tense' express his desire and need to evolve prior to understanding what is required of him to do so. Fail Better also provides an in-depth look at the beginning stages of Griffis becoming the person he deserves to be and the progress made during the last four years.
7/14/15 · Take This To Heart Records · T3H-016
“This is the first time personally where I feel like I had no limits to writing the songs”, says singer/guitarist Elliot Blair. “I wrote about things to get them off of my chest, and we want people to connect and relate.”
A bold and honest statement from the front man of the Cleveland, OH based band Dead Leaves. Their new self-titled EP is filled with heart-on-a-string emotion that fits right at home with bands like Brand New, Balance And Composure and The Hotelier.
From the very first words of Reconstruct Your Body Blair croons, “So, I felt a weight pressing when you spoke the truth to me, I never honored sympathy so much”. Blair’s delivery exudes pain and his lyrics paint pictures that blend with their loud/quiet dynamics to create an overall ebb and flow that can bring listeners to their feet or to their knees.
Previously self-releasing their last release “Amend Regret”, Dead Leaves has now teamed with Massachusetts based label Take This To Heart Records to help further expand their reach and get their music in as many hands as possible.
Engineered and Mixed by Dave Piatek of Dave Piatek Recording Services in June 2014
Produced by Dave Piatek
Mastered by Sun Room Audio
Additional vocals by Jenna Fournier of Nights
6/30/15 · Take This To Heart Records · T3H-015
“We're all so small in this universe; we may go our whole lives without one star in our galaxy dying.”- Will Conner (Singer/Guitarist)
The Lincoln, Nebraska indie/punk band No Tide isn’t shy about telling you what their music means to them and that they are extremely appreciative for anyone who will listen. “Death Of The Sun is about being grateful”, says Conner. “Getting to do the things you're passionate about in life doesn't always come easy.”
Their debut full length and third release with label Take This To Heart Records, Death Of The Sun is an 11-song joyride through the world of alternative/punk. With their stellar opening track Empty Handed setting the pace and overall tone of the record with upbeat and intricate drumming mixed with churning guitars and melodies that are crisp and to the point.
Songs like Sunday Morning and Night Cap showcase the bands lyrical content and story telling ability with lines like “Follow the tracks, that lead the way through the dirt, and pray the rain don’t wash away the path that keeps us hoping and knowing, we’re going somewhere more sincere”.
For the production of the record No Tide enlisted the services of producer Jay Maas (Defeater, Polar Bear Club, Transit) and headed to Getaway Studios in Boston, MA to record Death Of The Sun over the course of two weeks where they fined tuned their songs with Maas.
Death Of The Sun brings to mind Through Being Cool era Saves The Day playing Menzingers songs with a healthy diet of The Movie Life mixed in for good measure.
4/7/15 · Take This To Heart Records · T3H-014
Sometimes it takes tragedy to create beauty. 6 years ago Sundressed singer/guitarist Trevor Hedges was dead to rights on a bed in an Arizona hospital. Addiction, at any time, can take down the strongest of people.
Trevor‘s struggles with addiction are detailed vividly in their new album “Dig Up A Miracle”. He states, “This release is a culmination of a journey to find the Sundressed sound that came to fruition with Garrett Tretta (drums), Forest Waldorf (Guitar) and Evan Kees (Bass). Lyrically it deals with continuing the struggle of living a sober life despite a rough past of addiction, while finding hope and passion for life.” For most people music is an outlet, for Trevor it’s an integral part of his life. “Music has been vital to my sobriety and hope anyone who struggles with any kind of life altering malady can find hope in our songs.”
Their honest, true to life storytelling is mixed with spot on melodies and sing-along choruses that urge the listener to stop what they are doing and grab the mic.
FFO: Modern Baseball, Weezer, The Menzingers
2/3/15 · Take This To Heart Records · T3H-011
Fossil Youth's EP “Intertwined With You” picks up where their 2014 split with Wickerwolves (IN) left off. A loud, brash, guitar driven sound that cuts through with heart on a string emotion.
Ultimately, Fossil Youth aims to deliver a perfect synthesis of their varied influences, while keeping a sense of youth and originality at the forefront of their refined approach.
FFO: Citizen, Turnover, You Blew It!
Tracked/Mixed/Mastered by Paul Miner at BuzzBomb Sound Labs
9/16/14 · Take This To Heart Records · T3H-010
We here at Take This To Heart records are extremely excited to put out a split between Fossil Youth and Wickerswolves. In only 2 songs a-piece you can still feel both of these bands urgency in their song writing and how well they both compliment each other. If you like loud, guitar driven rock songs that bleed honesty be sure to listen to this split.
FFO: Citizen, You Blew It!, Daylight, My Bloody Valentine
Fossil Youth - Side A - Engineered and Mixed by Colton Jean at Artisan Studios.
Wickerwolves - Side B - Engineered and Mixed by Trevor Clark at Digitracks.
All tracks mastered by Bill Henderson.
7/8/14 · Take This To Heart Records · T3H-009
2014 Free Summer Sampler from T3H Records and The Mayflower Collective. Featuring tracks from Traditions, Life On The Sideline, Stanley And The Search, No Tide, A Will Away, Head North and many more. Plus exclusive acoustic tracks from No Tide and Life On The Sideline.
7/15/14 · Take This To Heart Records · T3H-008
Home Movies latest release Weightless is a re-mastered version of their first EP “Weight” with 3 bonus songs. Home Movies are equally for fans of Polar Bear Club and Citizen as they are for Hot Water Music and The Loved Ones. Aggressively beautiful vocals sung over churning guitars and pulse-pounding drums, a mishmash of late 90’s punk and newer style emo-punk sewn together into a patchwork quilt that can keep you warm on the coldest of nights.
Produced, Mixed and Engineered by Johnny Liu
All Songs Mastered by John Naclerio
Photography and Art by Ian Flanigan
6/3/14 · Take This To Heart Records · T3H-007
No Tide, the brash young pop-punk band from Nebraska might actually be the definition of prolific. In only a couple years they were able to release 3 EP’s, a split 7” and managed to tour around the US a handful of times. “We play music because we love doing what we do, it’s that simple” says singer/guitarist Will Conner. He continues, “We just want to be a band on the road, playing shows and creating music that speaks to us and anyone that wants to listen.”
Their new EP entitled “Daydream” does exactly that. It speaks volumes to what No Tide has achieved in only a couple years of existence. Honest, straight-forward songwriting that lies deep in the roots of punk rock and brings to mind such bands as The Descendents, Hot Water Music or a younger Saves The Day.
3/11/14 · Take This To Heart Records · T3H-005
“Cycles” is the debut EP from indie/pop-punk band Traditions. Their aggressive style of nuanced pop-punk is reminiscent of bands like Taking Back Sunday, The Wonder Years, and The Swellers. Up tempo, guitar driven, pulse pounding riffs generate the basis of these claims along with their thought provoking storytelling lyrics that tend to paint pictures upon pictures in your head that is already thoroughly bobbing.
Engineered, Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Jim Fogarty at Zing Studios in Westfield, MA. Additional Production by Joe Urban. Additional Editing by Randy Burlingame & Frank Baron.
12/3/13 · Take This To Heart Records · T3H-004
This 4-way split 7” is the 4th release from indie/punk/folk label Take This To Heart records and encompasses a wide variety of acts ranging from all over the USA. Featuring one song a piece from such great bands as Knockout Kid (IL), Fourth & Goal (CT), Traditions (MA) and No Tide (NE) this split hopes to showcase some of the great indie-pop-punk bands across the country.
7/16/13 · Take This To Heart Records · T3H-003
The newest EP by Arrows Over Athens is leaps and bounds above anything else they have ever done. Refining what already is their unique dual vocal attack, Randy Burlingame and Michelle Herrick up the ante on “Myths, Monsters,and The Maker”. Fans and bands alike, be sure to take notice, as AOA has just raised the bar for edgy Punk-pop.
For Fans Of- Paramore, Boys Night Out, We Are The In Crowd
Produced & Mixed at Zing Recording Studios by: Jim Fogarty
Additional editing by: Maddy Mazza and Randy Burlingame
5/28/13 · Take This To Heart Records · T3H-002
The 3rd full length by Indie Folk artist Woodford Way is their first backed by a full band. Narrative driven, groove oriented, and most of all, genre transcending. This album reaches new heights for the 5-piece folk act out of Northampton, MA. Recorded and mixed by bassist Eric Arena at Zing Studios.
For Fans Of- Paul Simon, M. Ward, Bright Eyes
3/12/13 · Take This To Heart Records · T3H-001
Compiling their first two releases “As These Roots Grow” and “The Atlas EP” onto one disc made the most sense for us here at T3H Records. We’re proud to have Arrows Over Athens’ first batch of tunes etched on our tombstone as T3H-001.
For Fans Of- Paramore, Boys Night Out, Bayside