Dandelion farmer, shield trimmer, older sister. Also, guitar player in Friendship Commanders and owner of Trimming The Shield Records.
Friendship Commanders will be playing a show this coming Sunday night at Springwater in Nashville, TN. They're sharing the evening with two cool bands: gardening, not architecture and Justin and the Cosmics. Also, they'll have brand new merch for sale! We had CDs and limited edition cassettes of the AMOS EP made, and we can't wait for you all to see them. They'll be up on this site later in the week. Check out the event page for the show and RSVP!
P.S. Trimming The Shield Records will soon be relocating a to new, rad site all their own. Updates soon!
So stoked to share this with everyone - it's been a long time in the works.
"Weakness" is a classic song by McRad, Philadelphia skate-punk legends of Bones Brigade fame. The song was originally released in 1987 on their Absence of Sanity album.
We have embraced the original with this cover, while putting our own booty-bass spin on it. Chuck Treece, founder and frontman of McRad, graced us with some of his signature guitar stylings on this track. The Loved Ones were enlisted for the gang vocals at the beginning, to add some additional Philly flair to the mix.
We've got some great news of late, here at Trimming The Shield. Where to begin? Perhaps with The Begin, the brand new album by skate-punk hero Chuck Treece and his band, McRad. Anyone who ever watched the Bones Brigade videos in the eighties heard the song "Weakness," and McRad have had a special place in all our hearts ever since. They're back with a new batch of recordings that are being released today by Rush Productions in Japan. Chuck asked Buick Audra to collaborate on some music for the record, and she ended up co-writing and performing lead vocals on the track "Green Face." The rest of the album contains guest performances by HR and Daryl Jenifer of Bad Brains, Mike Watt of every band ever, Roger Miret of Agnostic Front, and Tommy Guerrero and Ray Barbee of Blktop Project. Check it out!
On the McRad tip, They Rule have another release coming up - a cover of "Weakness" done in their signature roller-skating-jams style. AND, as if that weren't cool enough, Chuck Treece played lead guitar on the single. It will be available here on September 18th!
Next up, three TTS artists have songs on the current volume of Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly - the 33rd volume, to be exact. Thirty-three is a sacred number around here, so everyone wanted to get in on the magic. Boey Russell contributed his stunning song, "Fortune Teller" to the collection, Friendship Commanders recorded their latest song, "Bad to See You," specifically for BOW33, and 33 Slade dug a previously unreleased track out of the archives called "Unfun." We're all big fans of what BOW does, and are stoked to have so many songs on their newest release. Be sure to pay them a visit.
On the Boey Russell front, his eponymous debut solo album is finall coming your way. TTS will release it in October and we can't wait fro you to hear it. We'll just gush about it forever if you let us, so you'll just have to wait and see how good it is for yourselves.
Thanks for checking in - more goodness soon.
I'm so stoked to be able to serve up another finished product this summer! High-fives for THEY RULE!
Make-Ups & Break-Ups is the story of Microphone Mike and Beatriz La Beatz, two kids who met in Miami in the early '90s. The album outlines their relationship from adolescence to young adulthood - through infatuation, heartache, jealousy and distance. Love is hard; first love is impossible.
Note: Not to be listened to on a laptop. Headphones, car stereos and boom boxes should all be turned up to ELEVEN.
You can pay whatever you want for this album - but please do pay. Artists have to spend money to make work. Thanks!
buick audra and TTS Records