• trypes Music for Neighbors (LP, £14.25)

    label: Acute

    The New Jersey towns of Haledon and Hoboken may not have the same mythical status as Beatles Liverpool or Velvets New York City, but in the early-1980s, a group of high school friends came together there to form a shifting network of bands that would be referred to as “the stuff of legend and cults.” The Trypes emerged from this scene, playing hauntingly beautiful, baroquely arranged psychedelic rock music. Acute Record’s newest release, Music for Neighbors, gathers their contributions to the “Hoboken Sound.” * The Trypes overlapped with another vital Hoboken band, The Feelies, both in members and the development of that sound. Joining original Trypes (John, Toni, Elbrus and Marc) were some Feelies (Glenn, Bill and Dave). Later, Brenda and Stan arrived. Elements of the signature Feelies sounds were present in their songs—the Moe Tucker toms, the jangly guitars, the Beatles covers—but were played through The Trypes’ chamber-psyche lens and embellished by John’s rhythmic piano and droning accordion, Toni and Brenda’s stunning harmonies and, thanks to Toni, pretty much every wind instrument this side of the kazoo. The Trypes found fellow travelers in the West Coast’s 60s revivalist Paisley Underground, but were unique in their sound and arrangements. They rehearsed and performed at famed Hoboken club Maxwell’s, and regularly played with bands like The Bongos and The Dream Syndicate. Their closest kinships, though, were always that tight-knit set of schoolmate bands—The Feelies, Yung Wu, the Willies, even Dr. Robert, a Beatles cover band, all variations of the same group of friends. * Too often it seems that mention of the Trypes gets accompanied by the inevitable tag, “Feelies side project.” However, they existed before any Feelies were involved and had a different, if related, sound. The Trypes officially ended when The Feelies re-formed for their second album, taking Stan and Brenda with them. But the remaining Trypes expanded their membership once again and became Speed the Plough, still going strong today, still calling New Jersey home. • Vinyl includes complete recorded output, including their sole release, The Explorers Hold EP. • The album also features early, never-before heard demos. Seven additional rehearsal recordings are included with the digital download and digital release. • Includes a large-format 8 page booklet with notes from John, Marc and Glenn, and an introduction by their first fan, Ira Kaplan from Yo La Tengo. For more info contact andy@carparkrecords.com Tracklisting: A 1. (FROM THE) MORNING GLORIES 2. LOVE YOU TO 3. MUSIC FOR NEIGHBORS 4. THE UNDERTOW 5. A PLAN, REVISED B 6. BELMONT GIRL IS MAD AT ME 7. FOREIGN DOCTORS 8. FORCE OF HABIT 9. FRIENDS 10. THE INNER LIGHT 11. A PLAN, REVISED (DEMO) Additional Tracks on Download Card: 12. DARK CONTINENTS, 13. HARD FRIEND TO KEEP , 14. OUR OBSESSIONS , 15. NO ONE’S ALONE 16. PLAY WITH FIRE , 17. RUNNING ON , 18. LIFE HISTORY

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