In February of 1998, a band called The White Stripes released a 7″ single by the name of Let’s Shake Hands.  Practically unknown outside of Detroit at the time, the song was mistaken among music fans across the globe as a lost posthumous release from New Zealand’s rowdiest cowpunk, Darcy Clay.  His story is the stuff of legend, and in his brief lifetime, he slapped together a 6-song EP on a CD-R that he recorded in his bedroom, miraculously climbed to #5 on New Zealand’s pop charts and then, at the peak of his success, ended his own life.  Like many compelling artists that left this spinning rock before their time, devastated fans were left to wonder what could have been.  Never before has Darcy’s music been released on vinyl…until now.

Darcy Clay embodied that fuzzy lofi garage sound during a time when boy bands and nu-metal ruled the airwaves.  His Marlboro Red howls and ramshackle production style conjured up Jon Wayne‘s brand of whiskey-bent country punk from a decade prior, but Darcy’s rougher-than-a-Sunday-hangover ethos boasted a nihilistic blues concoction the likes that had never been heard before.  No hyperboles here, folks…Jesus I Was Evil is one of the most important DIY punk songs ever recorded to tape.  Thanks to Grimtale Records, you’ll now be able to hear it on a gorgeous 45 in your choice of red, blue or yellow.  Included on the EP is Jesus I Was Evil, a surreal cover of Dolly Parton’s Jolene (long before Jack White tackled it) and 2 live cuts of those two tracks.  You amped yet??

This 4-song EP will drop on Friday, October 2nd, at 10 PM EST and another small amount will be released early Saturday morning for those overseas.  The 7″s will run $8 a piece or $21 for a bundle of all 3 colors.
TAKE NOTE!  Another extremely limited variant will be available to purchase on Halloween.  No drop time has been announced yet for that drop.  Feel free to visit Grimtale Records’ Facebook page to get updates on this one.  In the meantime, get your F5 fingers ready for Friday!  While no specific pressing number has been announced, Grimtale is notorious for releasing incredibly limited product.  Their reissue of Henry & June’s Goin’ Back to Memphis 7″ goes for $200+ now.

The Details

This 4 song EP - GRIM025 will drop on Friday Oct 2nd @ 10PM EST, another small amount will be released early Saturday morning for those overseas.
Another special Halloween variant of this will drop on Halloween night separate from anything released on the 2nd, stay tuned for details.
Color variants are red, blue and yellow.

Price $8

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