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Year End Wrap Up

Hello friends,

First off, we’d like to wish you and yours a very happy holiday season and much more happiness in the coming year. It’s been a fun and exciting year for Invertebrata Records and we owe that completely to the artists we’ve worked with and the music lovers who’ve supported them.

Now that we’re counting down the remaining days in 2017 we thought it would be good to look back at some recent releases and to let you know about what’s in store for 2018.

Nathaniel Braddock – Quadrille & Collapse:::Versions

Quadrille & Collapse:::VersionsAt the end of November we quietly released the digital-only follow up to Nathaniel Braddock’s solo, acoustic guitar record, Quadrille & Collapse. Nathaniel invited a list of distinguished engineers, musicians and producers to remix, re-structure and re-think Quadrille & Collapse. They did just that and the results are called Quadrille & Collapse:::Versions. This discounted digital album of remixes is also included free of charge with the purchase of Quadrille & Collapse on vinyl or CD.

Nathaniel will be playing with his African jazz trio, Air Congo,  on January 4th in Cambridge, MA and he’ll back in Chicago sometime in the early spring.

Phantom Works – Ohms EP

As you may well remember, back in September we released the fantastic Ohms EP from Chicago’s Phantom Works. Since then, that record has earned some critical praise, our favorite of which comes from the French language blog Perte & Fracas. We had to ask Google to translate it for us but, while the translation is rough, one line sums it up. Phantom Works has the “…skill to make all this glow under their own hammer. The anvil is you.”

Phantom Works doesn’t get a chance to play out live very often but they’ll be back at Quenchers on January 19th with Stomatopod, Nude Model and Nonagon. That’s going to be a barn burner. You owe it to yourself to be there.

The God Eaters – Fading Horizons

Looking forward to early 2018, we’re thrilled to announce a new 10″ vinyl EP from The God Eaters. Hailing from the icy wastes of Marquette, MI, The God Eaters churn out a sound that finds its balance somewhere between the controlled chaos of abrasive noise, heavy riffs, and pummeling rhythms and that of slower, harmonic and dreamy soundscapes.

The God Eaters new EP, recorded at Electrical Audio, is called Fading Horizons and it will be released on February, 15th. The guys are playing a record release show that night in Marquette and will follow that up with an appearance at Thundersnow in Gladstone, MI and a tour of the upper mid-west planned for March.

Well, that’s our year-end wrap up.  We appreciate you taking the time to take notice of what we’re doing and we hope your 2018 is a bold and successful one.
Invertebrata Records
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Year end wrap up…

Hello friends. It’s been a year full of surprises as well as a fun and interesting first year of existence for Invertebrata Records. We learned a lot through trial and error, put out two 10″ EPs by our dear friends in Photo-Curio and Vamplifier and we relocated to new digs. I’m excited about 2017 and have a few updates to share with you regarding recent goings-on and what we’ll be up to in the coming year.

First off, Vamplifier are currently working on a second 10″ EP follow up to Rogue Moon. The record doesn’t have a name yet but so far it’s taking the band into new musicalVamplifier territory and, if everything goes well, we’ll be sharing it with you sometime in the first half of 2017. Vamplifier is also rounding out 2016 with a couple of Chicago shows at Quenchers and the Empty Bottle. Come out, show Scott, Jane and Chris some love and give 2016 the big kick in the ass that it deserves.

Second, I’m excited to announce that IR will be releasing the new solo record from Nathaniel Braddock entitled  Quadrille & Collapse early in 2017. Nathaniel is currently based out of Boston (after a couple years spent in Sydney, Australia) but many of you will know him from his time as a fixture in the Chicago music scene both as a performer and as a teacher at the Old Town School of Folk Music. We’re super excited to be partnering with Nathaniel on this release, which will also be the first full length 12″ vinyl release on Invertebrata. Don’t worry, we’re not abandoning the 10″ format…sometimes you just have too much music and have to give yourself more room to stretch out.

Third, we’re happy to announce that we’re also going to be releasing an as-yet-untitled 10″ EP with Chicago-based band Phantom WorksPhantom Works. Phantom Works has been around since 2008 and their last release at the end of 2015 was a great record called Stunrise. Guitarist Kris Poulin was invaluable in mastering the first two IR releases so you can imagine how thrilled we are to have a chance to return the favor and put out their next EP. Look for it in the early spring.

Lastly, IR has recently been involved in opening a new rehearsal space/recording studio in Chicago. Salt Lamp Studios Salt Lamp Studiosis now the permanent home of Photo-Curio and a handful of other bands as well as a place to record small and medium-sized DIY projects on ridiculously thin budgets. We’re still hard at work getting everything set up and there will be more details after the first of the year but we’re looking forward to a productive and creative 2017 in the new space.

Well, that about covers it. We know 2016 was a challenging year for many people and in many ways but we’re going to put it behind us and look to future. In closing, we want to wish you, your friends and your family the happiest of holidays.


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New Digs

Moving DayHey folks! Invertebrata Records is relocating to one of the near-west suburbs where we’ve got lots of great new things planned. That also means that any orders that are placed this week will not get into the mail until Monday, April 25th. I’m not trying to discourage you from ordering. I just don’t want you to be upset if your order doesn’t arrive as quickly as you’d imagined. Thanks for your patience!



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I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who came out for Vamplifier’s record release show last Friday. We had a good turnout and along with Vamplifier, a couple of great performances by Mason Cos and DTCV. I know the Vamplifier gang appreciates your support.

Photo by Nancy McClelland
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