One Step Shift 7″ Loderbrock Records
For my love of punk rock and vinyl records in 2003 I decided to start my own record label called “Loderbrock”. I wanted to design record covers so I thought why not just do it myself and make some vinyl. This is my first record release an indie punk band out of Oakland Ca called “One Step Shift”. I went all out on this one and hired the artist Derek Hess to illustrate the cover. I pressed up the vinyl in white to go along with the band’s song “White Lighter” and took a minimalist approach to the overall design so that the cover illustration screams off the paper.
One Step Shift “Chemical Burn” Track:
Here is a review of the record:
ONE STEP SHIFT – Chemical Burn 7″ This is one of the best sevens I have heard in quite a while, yet I have not seen this band mentioned anywhere at all. So it was a nice surprise to say the least. It’s white waxiness contains a pair of songs that differ in styles. “Chemical Burn” is a herky-jerky emo/math affair which is both melodic and rhythmically pounding. Two vocalist dual it out to great effect, desperate shouting being the order of the day. It has the atmosphere of stuff like Indian Summer (the guitar sound and brooding nature is very much in that vein) crossed with a more modern sound and I like this a lot. It’s nice and long too which works really well. The pace of the track is varied nicely too, building up to noisier moments yet not averse to mellowing out here and there either. On the flip we have “White Lighter” which is more melodic and straight forward, the vocals are mostly sung this time around and the song is long and has a lethargic feel. It lopes along with the bass more prominent, reminding me of Party of Helicopters, especially when they throw in the guitar solo part. So overall I think this is one of the best singles I have heard this year so far. Ace! andy malcolm – Collectivezine (UK)