GOON ANNOUNCE "MYSTERY BOX EDITION" CASSETTE OF THEIR DEBUT EP DUSK OF PUNK
CASSETTE FEATURES THE "FIRST" DUAL COLORED CASSETTE, HIDDEN MESSAGES WITHIN ARTWORK, SECRET SONGS, AND MUCH MORE
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DUSK OF PUNK EP
"(Green Peppers) A weird and charming new track that sums up what's exciting about Goon's pop-tinged grunge...Killer debut EP..."
"What's remarkable about the suitably titled 'Scab' is that the more you peel off, the more it reveals. Like a low-strung Pixies song or an early Wolf Alice number, stark beauty shares space with gloomy feedback. It's a fascinating introduction..."- DIY Mag
"(Dizzy) A sweetly warped love song...a gently lo-fi wall of warped, syrupy grunge riffs"- Spin
"One first impression (albeit, a very good one!) is not enough to make a clear assessment of where the band is headed, but to think they've already written such a tuneful song that connects on more than one level proves that they are onto something special."- Deli Magazine
"...something about the easy-going style reminded me of one of my all-time favorite bands, Pinback." - Indie Shuffle
Melodic lo-fi grunge rockers Goon have announced a special "Mystery Box Edition" cassette for their upcoming, debut EP Dusk of Punk.
Aside from releasing the record through the standard forums (digitally and on CD) the band really wanted to create a physical version that was something equally unique and interactive.
It seems like almost every band is trying to do "special" vinyl which of course has created a thing where "special" vinyl isn't that special any more. So, instead of going the vinyl route and doing some wacky colors or stuff like that (and of course for budgetary reasons) they started talking about cassettes.
The underground music scene has really gravitated towards cassettes. With the huge success of Burger Records and Lolipop Records, cassettes have almost become a fully accepted format again (hell even Lady Gaga released a cassette.)
But, again. EVERYONE does cassettes so the band started talking about how to make them unique.
Hence, Goon's Dusk of Punk "Mystery Box Edition" cassette.
A few highlights...
- Each cassette is hand made. The band ordered two colors of cassettes, yellow and red, used a tiny screwdriver, unscrewed them all to combine the colors therefore, creating the "first" dual colored cassette... at least from our research.
- The tapes also have hidden songs on each side. There are multiple variations of which secret songs will appear on the cassette. There are a total of 5 songs that people might receive. Some are even in reverse with different speeds so unless you have a player that can play the cassette in reverse or adjust the speed, you won't be able to know how it actually sounds.
- There are also hidden messages on the tapes j-card. For instance, if you put a red light to it, it will reveal hidden messages. Some secrets on the cassette might not even be revealed for another year or two!
There are a few other things hidden on / in the cassettes but we'll save that for people to figure out!
Pre-sale link and hear "Dizzy":
Goon is the project of LA-based musician and visual artist Kenny Becker. With a medical condition that periodically deadens his sense of smell and hearing, Becker began writing songs as a means of making the most of his life when those symptoms were absent. The results, Dusk of Punk, are a murky blend of smoldering guitars, melodic hooks, and batter-ram rhythms that serve as the musical translations of a mind that's routinely betrayed by its own body.
Their debut EP Dusk of Punk pushes the boundaries of standard "lo-fi" music with both it's diversity in songwriting and it's somehow incredibly layered composition. The production is lo-fi but incredibly full and lush sounding. Their songs are loud and fuzzed out but are anchored down by beautiful harmonies. Even acoustic based songs are rounded out by delicate synths, drum machines or the occasional radio sample. The end result is a diverse and incredibly complex record that evolves with each listen.
Dusk of Punk is out independently.