As we creep closer to Record Store Day on April 16, the announcements of the exclusive releases that will bankrupt me are coming faster. (Glad I held onto that Stinkweeds gift certificate I got for Christmas.)
An email from FatCat Records especially got my attention. The Brighton-based label will release a limited-edition run of 777 cassettes containing demos by Scotland’s finest, Frightened Rabbit and the Twilight Sad.
The numbered cassettes were assembled by hand (proof!) and feature inserts screenprinted onto vintage paper stock along with a coupon for a digital download of the tracks.
Here’s the tracklisting, which appears to include the Twilight Sad covering Frightened Rabbit’s Be Less Rude:
SIDE A (Frightened Rabbit)
1. Be Less Rude
2. I Feel Better
4. Keep Yourself Warm
5. The Greys
SIDE B (The Twilight Sad)
4. Be Less Rude
Now, the press release says the tracks are “previously unheard,” but if you look hard enough, FatCat has built a demo archive of the submissions it receives. That includes a page with three Frightened Rabbit tracks: An Incident, The Greys and Be Less Rude. There’s no telling if these versions of Be Less Rude and The Greys â€“ finished versions of which appear on the band’s debut album Sing the Greys â€“ are the same as on the cassette, but I’ll be on the hunt for that tape regardless. I knew I saved my Pioneer double-cassette deck all these years for a reason.
(Photo via FatCat’s Tumblr)