The Casket Girls - Unforgetting
Premiere from the RSD exclusive s/t 12”
Feast your eyes (no pun intended) on the gorgeous etching on the reverse side of RSD 12” from The Casket Girls. This is the second band that label master and operator Ryan Graveface has been directly involved in, following a number of 7”s and a debut LP from his other in label band The Marshmallow Ghosts. Ryan always releases spectacular vinyl, seriously only the best in quality & design, nearly always colored, a picture disc or sometimes even scratch n’ sniff. I got turned on to his label (now also a real live record store) from Black Moth Super Rainbow, followed by Dreamend, and most recently his own two projects.
Well Ryan I’d say you take the cake for best RSD release easily, as if there was ever any doubt. The vinyl color is beer and mustard swirl (srsly) with the b side being a metaphysical etching. Mine is above. Ltd to 500 copies. Even the album sleeve art, was actually embrodered by William Schaff (Okkervil River, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Mighty Mighty Bosstones), and I do love that on the actual jacket the underside of the embroidery is on the reverse.
I do believe there are a number of copies for sale on discogs for the very reasonable price of $20. Do not hesitate to snatch this up if you’re a fan, because in addition to all the pretty packaging, the 5 tracks are superb. If you never got their debut LP, you can snag a special cassette version with the Sleepwalking LP on side A and this s/t 12” on side B from Graveface here. A nice gesture to anyone that misses the RSD 12”. Oh Ryan you so thoughtful.
Let the beauty begin… #dreamend #gravefacerecords #vinylporn
One of the 50 stenciled covers @williamschaff made to house Casket Girls test pressings. The gold on this one is tits. We have 6 copies left and are making them available to the public. Grab one here: graveface.com/tests.html
The Casket Girls double album / single cassette has finally arrived! Only available at graveface.com. Limited to 500.
“Shadow of a Shadow” - The Casket Girls
“Are you afraid of the dark? Turn around and there’s nothing there.”
I had forgotten how many musical projects Ryan Graveface was involved in - Dreamend, where he’s recently gone NBC Hannibal and gotten in a serial killers’ head; Black Moth Super Rainbow, the well-named, unique pop enigma; The Marshmallow Ghosts, which I’m less familiar with but seem to fit the same vein, if more delightfully Halloween appropriate; and The Casket Girls, where he shifts a haunted house into an alternate dimension, and more besides.
The Casket Girls is a band aptly named, and quite recognizably backed by Graveface’s work. Even leaving subject matter and band name aside, his work has always been amply imbued with jarring, otherworldly elements that skew towards more upbeat and sinister registers. Very Halloween chic I was going to say, but the first thing to come up when I googled that was a Pinterest board. Moving on.
Goth pop is hip right now (says a man shamelessly shackled to that bandwagon). There are numerous wonderful artists (Zola Jesus being a favorite) and a neverending plethora of… less noteworthy recent entries (apologies, Esben - I tried) in a field becoming increasingly crowded yet ever more diverse. Graveface gives The Casket Girls a subversive, legitimately spooky bent that gives the group an diaphonous leg up.
The Record Store Day-released Self-Titled mini-LP is streaming on Filter [link] and, if it’s opened the - casket, grave, pick your pun - of that id you thought you’d buried deep, the digital/cassette release is available from Graveface’s own self-titled record label [link].
The final of the five tracks is especially delicious, with direct-from-DVD organ and a monstrous, twisted swell that devours the release’s sweetest melody.
This is what happens when one writes after watching two hours of disturbing, visually arresting horror crime television.
- Tyler Hanan
universal language / the casket girls
Such a perfect purchase #blackmothsuperrainbow #graveface #vinyl #recordstoreday
Our first lull of the day! Come by as we still have some great RSD titles available. Bands start in 3 minutes.
It’s 2am and we just finished our Record Store Day section. I counted and we have 735 copies of RSD titles on hand for today. Holy shit. See you in 7 hours people!