We're excited to announce our new reading section today. SDR Reading will consist of distributed titles from zines we are fans of and future SDR zines that will be announced soon. To start off, we're featuring select titles from Shining Life Press and Inside Knowledge Fanzine.
Shining Life Press is run by a collective—led by Crucial John (Give). They've made it very easy for new readers (like myself) to get into zines by releasing anthology series while still featuring new bands. They do a great job with the printing and layout of each issue and SDR is excited to feature some of our favorites from them so far.
Inside Knowledge Fanzine is run out of our hometown of San Antonio, Texas. They're done a great job of documenting the hardcore scene in SA, so it was important for us to shine light on their work.
You can browse the selected titles below. We've tried to add a bit of links and info for each issue to make it easy to listen to the bands featured in the issues as well.
We are pleased to welcome New Jersey's singer/songwriter, Sergio Anello to Sunday Drive Records. Sergio recently wrapped up recording at The Lumberyard Recording Studio with Ace Enders & Dom Maggie and will be releasing the album with SDR later this summer. Today, you can hear a raw recording of the self-titled track, ’No Heavier Burden’.
After years of playing bass and touring with The Early November, Sergio began writing songs after the bands' hiatus in 2007 without any intention of releasing them. Years later in 2016, Sergio found himself writing more seriously and met guitarist, Joseph Sipala. After demoing tracks, Sergio formed, Everyone Knows. Sergio’s first solo-effort was heard on Everyone Knows’, Tell Or Be Told, released in 2019. The album consisted of nine tracks ranging from alternative-country to jazz—pulling in influences from The Avett Brothers to Elvis Presley.
By the end of 2019, Sergio decided to move from the moniker, Everyone Knows and began releasing music under his own name with the Christmas track, Santa, For What It’s Worth. For his next release, No Heavier Burden, Sergio finds himself writing much more stripped-back songs. The album is a strong collection of six, raw songs, influenced by 50/60s rock & pop, similar to contemporaries like Shakey Graves, Andy Shauf, and Alexandra Savior.
No Heavier Burden is out this summer on Sunday Drive Records.
We are pleased to welcome Toronto's post-hardcore/emo band, Hesitate to Sunday Drive Records. Having many years in Toronto's local music scene established with previous bands, plus a background in hardcore/DIY ethics has helped to inspire Hesitate's powerful and unique sound. They've taken many influences from their environment and music tastes and have combined them to create songs that blend various genres of post-hardcore, alternative-rock, shoegaze, emo, punk, etc. The result is a strong sonic landscape of music you would enjoy if you like any one of the genres above.
Initially released in 2019, Counting Sheep / Doomgazer is a double single release. On these tracks, the band really hones in on their sound established on their first EP,Hopeless, Happily, and delivers their strongest songs yet. 'Counting Sheep' delivers a faster-paced, post-hardcore track similar in sound to early Basement and Superheaven, while 'Doomgazer' perfectly contrasts with a strong shoegaze/alt-rock sound inspired from 90's bands like Far, Swervedriver, or The Smashing Pumpkins.
SDR is reissuing both singles today on one release. You can stream the singles and pick up the 7" vinyl—as well as a special test press variant w/ alternative-art below. New music coming soon.
Written during the time between adolescence and adulthood, “Lost & Left Behind” is an honest look at the struggle with coming of age without coming undone. From the quiet pining for a youth removed to the reflections on relationships losing ground, each track details a different feeling of loss while exploring the thoughts that arise in response. Despite its six-song runtime, they each come together to create a record that’s as emotive as it is dynamic—encompassing every driving movement and silent stagnancy experienced while learning what it means to grow up.
The album is being released on limited 12" black vinyl, and you can pre-order merch + stream the single, 'How I Spent My Fall Semester' now, below.
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