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8.1 Pitchfork Review
THE PARANOID STYLE
EPs I & II
Featuring members of Bird of Youth + The Mendoza Line
CROOKS ON TAPE
Fingerprint + never-before-heard bonus B-Side
Stereogum Video Premiere
Featuring Members of Brainiac, Enon, Caribou, Vertical Scratchers, Skeleton Key
The fabulous folks at Sterogum debuted the video for “Duper” — the leadoff track from the band’s debut album “Fingerprint,” out now on Misra.
Crooks on Tape, a brand new band featuring John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac, Caribou, Vertical Scratchers), Rick Lee (Enon, Skeleton Key) and Joey Galvan, set out on their flagship tour in the heart of the harrowed Polar Vortex™ of 2014. At January’s onset, the band were met with, literally, -20 degree weather in Minneapolis, Madison, and more.
In an effort to keep morale from plummeting during shows that had the National Weather Bureau advising folks to stay inside, Crooks on Tape and tour manager/comedian Bob Schriner sought solace in swanky hotel rooms. Due to Schriner’s connections and prowess, not only were the rooms paid for in-full, but they came complete with superfluous amenities (including bathrobes).
Never a band to miss a creative opportunity, Crooks on Tape seized the moment and recorded video footage for “Duper” — the leadoff track from their debut record Fingerprint, out now on Misra Records. Back home in Los Angeles, the band had filmmaker Paul Cordes Wilm augment the footage and create the wild music video you see here.
This week marks the 17-year anniversary of the passing of Brainiac’s Timmy Taylor. The wildly original 3RA1N1AC were at the forefront of a creative swell that hit Dayton, OH in the 1990s. While the underdog city—the homebase of Misra—is no stranger to innovation (the airplane, the cash register, the starter motor, Zapp & Roger, The Ohio Players, etc. all being born in Dayton), it seemed to be a particularly imaginative time.
Bands like The Breeders, Guided By Voices, Cage, Swearing at Motorists, A Ten O’Clock Scholar, Cigarhead (and so many more) were all buzzing about town. One could head to Canal Street Tavern, The Sub Galley, The Lithuanian Club, The Chameleon Club, Trader Vic’s, Gem City Records, Network, etc. and feel the excitement in the air. All-ages shows were frequent; the whole community was involved.
Alas, I think many heard and saw and believed that Brainiac were The One. The chemistry and ingenuity the four members possessed (Timmy, Juan Monasterio, John Schmersal, and Tyler Trent) seemed otherworldly. It was truly something special. Though it comes nowhere close to displaying the band’s magnitude, you can glean a distorted impression below:
After working with Kim Deal of The Breeders/Pixies, playing Lollapalooza, touring with Beck, and releasing albums on Touch & Go and Grass, the band was posed to sign a substantial recording agreement with Interscope Records. Pre-production for Brainiac’s fourth album was in motion when founder and front-man Timmy Taylor passed away in a car accident on May 23, 1997. A memorial show featuring The Breeders, Guided By Voices, Swearing at Motorists, Mink, and Lazy was held in Dayton shortly after.
Taylor’s effect is still very much alive today. Everyone from The Wrens to The Mars Volta to Nine Inch Nails have cited 3RA1N1AC as an influence. He was a phenomenal artist that had a beautiful and unparalleled impact on so many. Let us celebrate the life of Timmy Taylor.
NOTE: This piece originally ran on Donewaiting — Ohio’s main independent music blog. It was written by Misra overseer Leo DeLuca.
NOTE REDUX: It’s a long, tedious story, but 3RA1N1AC were labelmates with The Wrens back in the day. DeLuca’s old band Southeast Engine (SEE) opened for The Wrens in Ohio — DeLuca geeked with The Wrens over Brainiac ad infinitum. In turn, The Wrens watched SEE’s set and, apparently, liked what they saw enough to put in a good word with Misra Records. SEE signed on with Misra a couple months later.
A few years down the line, DeLuca ended up at the helm of Misra Records. He showed the Donewaiting piece to John Schmersal (Brainiac, Crooks On Tape, Enon, Caribou, Vertical Scratchers); Schmersal sent along the debut recordings for Crooks On Tape and C.O.T. signed on with Misra. 3RA1N1AC!
The Quietus Interviews John Schmersal About Crooks On Tape, Vertical Scratchers, Brainiac, Enon, Caribou & More
Stevie Chix, the writer responsible for the phenomenal MOJO piece on Dayton legends Brainiac a bit back, recently interviewed John Schmersal of Crooks On Tape, Vertical Scratchers, Brainiac, Enon, Caribou & more about Crooks On Tape, Vertical Scratchers, Brainiac, Enon, Caribou & more. You can read the interview via The Quietus. Thanks, Stevie!
Thanks to Stuart Berman and the fine folks at Pitchfork for giving COT a nod in their recent review of Vertical Scratchers—the other brand new band of John Schmersal (Brainiac, Enon, etc). It’s appreciated. You haven’t seen the end of Crooks On Tape.
Misra Record Store Day 2014 • Misra 15th Anniversary Comp Feat. Phosphorescent, R. Ring, More • Torres b/w Motel Beds with Kelley Deal
MISRA RECORD STORE DAY 2014
Offering 1. 15th Anniversary LP Comp Feat. Phosphorescent, R. Ring (Kelley Deal), Shearwater, & More
Offering 2. TORRES b/w Motel Beds with Kelley Deal Split 45
Misra Records 15 Years: Adventures in Obstinacy
15th Anniversary LP Compilation (MSR075)
Record Store Day • April 19, 2014
1. R. Ring (Kelley Deal) “Fallout & Fire” [listen]
2. Shearwater “Whipping Boy”
3. Crooks On Tape (Mem: Enon, Brainiac) “If Feelings Mean a Thing” [listen/watch]
4. Motel Beds “Smoke Your Homework”
5. Summer Hymns “Beginning to See”
6. Centro-matic “Triggers & Trash Heaps”
7. Sleeping States “Rivers”
8. Phosphorescent “I am a Full Grown Man (I Will Lay in the Grass All Day)
9. Southeast Engine “Adeline of the Appalachian Mountains”
10. Holopaw “Discotheque”
11. Emily Rodgers “Bright Day”
12. The Mendoza Line “Triple Bill of Shame”
Pressed on high-quality vinyl in The Netherlands • Download Included
TORRES b/w Motel Beds with Kelley Deal
“The Harshest Light” b/w “Tropics of the Sand”
Record Store Day • April 19, 2014
Pressed on high-quality vinyl in The Netherlands
Crooks on Tape‘s John Schmersal is known for his time in legendary Dayton, Ohio band Brainiac. When 3RA1N1AC came to an end, Schmersal formed Enon (another singular underground band—named for a rural community near Dayton).
These days, along with jumpstarting COT (with his old Enon bandmate Rick Lee and drummer Joey Galvan), Schmersal has stayed busy playing bass in Caribou and subbing for Eli Janney in Girls Against Boys. Now, he’s formed Vertical Scratchers — *another* brand new band.
Yes, John Schmersal and ex-Triclops!/Anywhere member Christian Beaulieu release the debut Vertical Scratchers album Daughter of Everything on February 25 via Merge Records. Guided by Voices frontman and fellow Daytonian Robert Pollard contributes guest vocals. You can listen to VS’s new album here via Pitchfork Advance until February 24.
Go John, go!
Crooks on Tape’s European tour starts tomorrow (Tuesday, February 18). The band features John Schmersal (Brainiac, Enon, Caribou) + Rick Lee (Enon, Skeleton Key) + Joey Galvan. They are otherworldly and beautiful. Do it to it, Europe!
FEB 18th, 2014 AT, Vienna Shelter
FEB 19th, 2014 CZ, Prague 007
FEB 20th, 2014 IT, Udine Cas’Aupa
FEB 21st, 2014 IT, Bologna Covo
FEB 22nd, 2014 IT, Verona Interzona
FEB 24th, 2014 BE, Hasselt Mod Club
FEB 26th, 2014 BE, Ghent Vooruit
Dayton, Ohio’s Swearing at Motorists (now located in Germany) have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their new album. Along with Brainiac, The Breeders, A Ten O’Clock Scholar, and more, Misra manager Leo DeLuca was very moved by S@M during his formative years in the Gem City. PLEASE DO SUPPORT SWEARING AT MOTORISTS!
The cover art for S@M’s new album (above) was done by William Schaff—the same fellow responsible for the cover of Songs: Ohia “Magnolia Electric Co.”, Okkervil River covers, and many more. Also, stay tuned for more collaborations between Swearing at Motorists and Misra in the coming weeks…
The wonderful folks at Stereogum recently posted the new video for Crooks on Tape’s “If Feelings Mean a Thing”—track two off their debut LP “Fingerprint.” The video premiered last week via VICE.
C.O.T. has also been receiving some fantastic tour press. Here is a smattering below:
- KDHX (St. Louis)
- Dayton Most Metro
- L.A. Deli Magazine
- The Stranger (Seattle)
- Portland Mercury
- Inlander (Spokane)
- Williamette Week (Portland)