SMOG VEIL RECORDS PRESENTS PLATTERS du CUYAHOGA SERIES 1
FIRST THREE RELEASES WILL BE:
X__X : Albert Ayler’s Ghosts Live at the Yellow Ghetto (2014-2015)
Robert Bensick Band: French Pictures In London (1975)
Mr. Stress Blues Band: Live At the Brick Cottage 1972 – 1973
August 27, 2015 (Cleveland, OH) – Smog Veil Records announces a new series of archival and newly recorded material to be released individually and as bundled specials, called Platters du Cuyahoga, Series 1. The series will highlight and celebrate Cleveland's long running and rich history of challenging and often bombastic music.
The initial three releases are: (1) X__X : Albert Ayler’s Ghosts Live at the Yellow Ghetto (November 20, 2015 release date); (2) Robert Bensick Band: French Pictures In London (1975); (3) Mr. Stress Blues Band: Live At the Brick Cottage 1972 – 1973. All the releases will be formatted on vinyl as well as CD and download/streaming. A hallmark of the series will be that each release contains extensive liner notes, all carefully crafted and researched. Byron Coley (Forced Exposure, NY Rocker, Boston Rock, Spin, Arthur magazine column with Thurston Moore) penned the liner notes for X__X, and Nick Blakey (The Boston Phoenix, EQ, Chunklet, Your Flesh, The Peter Laughner Archive) wrote the liners for the Robert Bensick and Mr. Stress releases.
The X__X release will feature new recordings from one of Cleveland's most notable late 1970s post punk outfits. The band plans live dates to coincide with this release, expect fireworks and power tools. The Robert Bensick Band album is an unreleased studio record recorded at Agency Recording Studio in 1975. Tapes were saved this year by Alan Howarth and Paul Hamann. The band and this release represent an important era and history of the downtown artist colony known as The Plaza and besides Robert Bensick features an all-star cast including Scott Krauss and Tom Herman (Pere Ubu), Albert Dennis, Michael Hronek, and Cynthia Black. Paul also engineered the Mr. Stress Blues Band never before released live set, culled from their rowdy Brick Cottage (aka, the Sick Brick) sets.
The primary focus of the Platters du Cuyahoga Series is to create top quality archival releases mixed with new recordings from bands that have a connection to or an affinity with Northeastern Ohio. Smog Veil Records plans another entry in the series for 2016. It will likely contain three previously unreleased gems from Cleveland's storied musical past.