Samstag, 12. Oktober 2013

ROFR 014 Jaya The Cat - O'Farrell - Release-Date

RING OF FIRE RECORDS presents O´Farrell, the unofficial first album by the band Jaya The Cat. Recorded back in 1999, it was never released until now, 14 years later. All the tapes were recovered and are now presented to the public for the first time as a white 180 gram vinyl limited edition (500 pieces), as a digisleeve-CD with vinyl-look and as download.

Back when singer Geoff wrote the songs for the album, he was living on the multi-cultural street O´Farrell in San Francisco - hence the album name. The typical Jaya The Cat sound is present on the album, however with more punk elements than usual: Distorted guitars with impulsive offbeat and above all Geoffs distinctive rough voice. Some of the songs were rerecorded for the album Basment Style. Highlights are the three brilliant cover songs Night Nurse by Gregory Isaacs, Walking The Cow by Daniel Johnston and Misunderstood, which was made famous by the Animals and is transformed to a rock-ska version by Jaya The Cat.

All photographs in the artwork were taken by Joseph Szymanski on and in the vicinity of O´Farrell street. Szymanski is a photographer from San Francisco who spends his time working mainly with analogous film material and developing his own photos in a darkroom, and also teaches at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Donnerstag, 10. Oktober 2013

ROFR 015 Koffin Kats - Born Of The Motor - EU Release-Date

Steeped in strong psychobilly roots, The Koffin Kats are an institution in punk rock ‘n’ roll. After a full decade of traveling the globe, The Koffin Kats return with their most definitive recording to date, Born Of The Motor – a swagger-filled album full of infectious riffs, fist-pumping punk cadences and hypnotic soulful bellowing that complete a sonically diverse masterpiece. 

With Born Of The Motor, The Koffin Kats continue their classic storytelling style, but with their most real, most personal lyrics to date. “Life is hard… life is uncertain – that’s something everyone understands. It’s not where you start or where you end up, it’s how you LIVE your life in between that matters,” says vocalist Vic Victor.

Both a sonic homage to their resident city Detroit and its blue-collar legacy, and a metaphor for being hard-wired towards hard work and persistent ambition, The Koffin Kats charge forward waving a proud flag soiled with blood, sweat and whiskey — defying the decay and chaos that has stained their city in recent years.

Loyal Koffin Kats fans will be satiated with Born Of The Motor just as new fans will be enticed by the majesty of their rock ‘n’ roll prowess.

Recorded at Stu Stu Studios in Livonia, MI and mastered by Adam Ayan (Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Rolling Stones), Born Of The Motor is poised to drive the Koffin Kats to new distances with speed, power, and hell-raising fun. Buckle up and get ready for one hell of a ride!

Montag, 7. Oktober 2013

Ox doesn't lie!

Yeah, it's true. We're really proud to announce that ROFR will release the brand new studio album "Born Of The Motor" by the probably hardest working band on this planet: KOFFIN KATS

There will be a 180 gram colored vinyl version and also a nice Digipak. Stay tuned for more infos about this...

Check out their US label Sailor's Grave Records for more cool stuff from the Kats or other cool bands!