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Pre-orders for We Were Skeletons' "Blame & Aging" // Fall tour dates!

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With the musical prowess and aggression of bands like Fugazi and Shotmaker, We Were Skeletons’ unique brand of technical, groovy, and emotional hardcore should appeal to long-time fans of the genre while still pushing its boundaries. Imagine Hot Snakes, Slint, Sleepytime Trio, mewithoutYou and Off Minor all rolled into one breathtaking statement — and I'm not just saying that. I never just say that. But still, to reiterate: I'm not just saying that.

Blame & Aging is a record that one-ups anything and everything this band has ever done and is the band's best collection of songs to date (trust us, we've known them for a while). Featuring 13 awesome new tracks, Blame & Aging will be released on October 22nd everywhere. Order it in the Topshelf store now!

Absolutepunk has premiered "Disease Artist", the sixth track from the record over on their site. Go give it a spin!

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Additionally, the band will be hitting the road with Joint Chiefs of Math on an east coast stint that'll take them to and from Fest 11. Dates and info are below. Facebook event page is here.

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

  • 1 Bowling Green KY @ Castle Punkenstein
  • 2 St. Louis MO @ LEMP
  • 3 Chicago IL @ Bread & Butter
  • 4 Chesterton IN @ TBA
  • 5 Grand Rapids MI @ Turtle Den
  • 6 Louisville KY @ Solidarity
  • 7 Akron OH @ It’s a Kling Thing!
  • 8 Pittsburgh PA @ Vaticant
  • 10 Lancaster PA @ Lizard Lounge [tour homecoming/record release]

The event page for the whole tour can be found on Facebook.

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We Were Skeletons summer northeast tour dates

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We Were Skeletons will be hitting the road with Beau Navire in June. Dates are below.

  • June 9 - New Brunswick, NJ @ Chocolate Factory
  • June 10 - Willimantic, CT @ The Handsome Woman
  • June 11 - Allston, MA @ Wacky Kastle
  • June 12 - Montreal, QC @ Le Divan Orange
  • June 13 - Toronto, ON @ Soybomb
  • June 14 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Turtle Den
  • June 15 - Chicago, IL @ Clint Eastwood House
  • June 16 - Indianapolis, IN @ Hoosier Dome
  • June 17 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Traphouse
  • June 18 - Lancaster, PA @ Lizard Lounge
  • June 19 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space
  • June 20 - Philadelphia, PA @ IHOP Estate

The band will also be heading into the studio in July to record their next record with Will Killingsworth (Ampere). More news on that to come.

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Topshelf Records @ Fest 10

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Hey everyone! We're REALLY excited about our return to Fest this coming weekend! We've printed some exclusive merch, which we'll have all day at the flea market on Friday (at Holiday Inn) along with our entire catalog and a bunch of other free stuff. The image above is a shirt design done up by Ben Sears that we'll have for sale. Super limited so be sure to get to us early! We'll also have koozies (pictured below). Also below is info on when & where Topshelf bands will be playing throughout the weekend. See ya there!

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And now, for all your schedule making needs:

FRIDAY @ BAR 1982
Grown Ups: 9:40 - 10:10
Doors 5:40pm. $10 or FREE w/ FEST 10 pass. ALL AGES. 20 walk up sales available.

SATURDAY @ THE ATLANTIC
A Great Big Pile of Leaves: 10:10 - 10:40
Doors 2:10pm. $15 or FREE w/ FEST 10 pass. 18+. 25 walk up sales available.

SUNDAY @ THE ATLANTIC
Native: 7:30 - 8:00
Pianos Become the Teeth: 5:00 - 5:30
We Were Skeletons: 4:10 - 4:40
Doors 1:20pm.
$15 or FREE w/ FEST 10 pass 18+. 25 walk up sales available.

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Re-press galore!

Pianos Become The Teeth / The Saddest Landscape - Split (order here)

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The Saddest Landscape / We Were Skeletons - Split (order here)

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The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer AFraid to Die - Formlessness (order here)

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New Split EP's from We Were Skeletons

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Putting out records from your friends' bands is just the best! So, we're really extremely excited to announce that we will be releasing two brand new split EP's for Lancaster, PA's We Were Skeletons in early 2011. Topshelf released the band's latest full length self-titled effort in June of this year on both CD and vinyl.

Each EP will be a split with another band and released on digital and vinyl formats. The first EP released will be with Maryland's MИЩa (pronounced "mee-sh-uh") and will be a co-released effort between Black With Sap Records and Topshelf Records. The second EP will be shared with Boston's The Saddest Landscape and will be released solely by Topshelf Records. The Saddest Landscape released You Will Not Survive earlier this year as well as a split 9 inch with Pianos Become The Teeth.

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We Were Skeletons / Rooftops Pre-orders

New Signing:

Sheesh, what a busy month! We are completely elated to announce the signing of Lancaster, PA's We Were Skeletons. We'll release the band's newest effort, a self-titled album on June 29th on both LP and CD formats. Look for pre-orders to begin around the first of May. The band's brand of screamy, chaotic hardcore should appeal to long-time fans of the genre. The album was recorded with Will Killingsworth (Orchid, Ampere) at Dead Air Studios and is their greatest accomplishment to date. Imagine City of Caterpillar, Kidcrash, Off Minor and Hot Cross, all rolled into one breathtaking statement. We've been listening to it non-stop for months now. Basically on repeat. It rules. The art looks killer too. Nice guys to boot (backed hard). We're excited!

The band will be playing MACRoCk this upcoming weekend and also has several April shows lined up with label mates Pianos Become The Teeth (see below).

APR 03 - Harrisonburg, VA @ MACRoCk – The Artful Dodger w/ Algernon Cadwallader, Native, more
APR 09 - Reading, PA @ Roop Hall (Albright College) w/ Pianos Become The Teeth, Spraynard
APR 10 - Windsor, CT @ Chris Z's House w/ Pianos Become The Teeth, Grown Ups
APR 11 - Newton, NJ @ The Farm House w/ Pianos Become The Teeth, Black Kites
APR 16 - Bethlehem, PA @ Secret Art Space w/ Gods & Queens, Drowning With Our Anchors
APR 23 - Newark, DE @ University of Deleware w/ Paint It Black
APR 24 - Frederick, MD @ Fredrock Free Music Fest

Rooftops Pre-orders:

Lastly, just a reminder that the Rooftops pre-orders go up April 1st. Click here to check out package deals and see what's available in the store.

As always, thanks for the support!

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