ARTISTRY & DISTINCTION IN RECORD-MAKING
TWO NEW RELEASES COMING NOVEMBER 18TH
Savage Republic's extraordinary first time at the Whisky
was recorded on cassette on December 30th 1981, a momentous night when soon-to-be Savage Republic had been invited to open for Orange County hardcore-turned-post punk outfit Middle Class along with fellow LA post punk journeymen Afterimage (it was probably the friendship among band members that made it all happen) and Long Beach-based synth punks Outer Circle. We’re lucky enough to witness most of the future Tragic Figures tracks in a process of highly creative gestation, in the middle of being developed.
Also, now being re-issued as an expanded edition on November 18th 2022, the late 1990's solo project from original Savage Republic and Scenic founder Bruce Licher, Exploratorium’s original selection of three immersive solo recordings are now augmented by the 26-minute atmospheric electronics of Number 09, a song composed on an old Roland SH-2000 synthesizer whose title is a clear nod to to The Beatles’ most adventurous composition.
Both releases are being set forth upon the world in Special CD Editions featuring the iconic hand-letterpress printed oversized die cut pocket folder packaging designed and created by Bruce Licher at his Independent Project Press. Vinyl editions in letterpress-printed packaging will be released in early 2023.
NOW AVAILABLE: THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY EXPANDED EDITION OF SAVAGE REPUBLIC’S DEBUT ALBUM
Welcome to the world’s first (and only) post-punk-industrial-trance-psychedelic-surf album!
The fact that it took us so many adjectives to describe Tragic Figures lets you know just how unique of an album it is. The LP brings to mind aspects of PiL, Can, Faust, Flipper, Einstürzende Neubauten, Rhys Chatham and Glenn Branca, but really sounds like no one else before or since.
Independent Project Records has collaborated with Real Gone Music on this very special expanded version of Savage Republic’s Tragic Figures LP, complete with an entire second album of mostly previously unreleased recordings taped in 1981. Copies of both the Deluxe Limited Edition Double LP and Double CD are now available in the IPR shoppe.
BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THESE THREE RELEASES
CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN OUR WEB SHOPPE:
Mercury Blues + Skulduggery
expanded edition of their long out-of-print second album
featuring over 40 minutes of previously unreleased music!
MORE ABOUT SHIVA BURLESQUE
15 song career-spanning retrospective
includes 5 previously unreleased tracks
MORE ABOUT THE OPHELIAS
S O U R C E
19 songs that will blow your mind.
This first release of Independent Project Records’ 2021 relaunch offers a fresh look at four decades of the creative musical underground that IPR founder Bruce Licher has celebrated since his label’s inception in 1980. Now in the 21st century Licher has teamed up with fellow musician Jeffrey Clark to co-create a new era of IPR releases that more deeply explore this rich heritage. These two creative collaborators have compiled this collection, an expansive sonic experience of diverse musical genres. With all of the enclosed tracks united by their keen intuitive clarity, this music is sometimes raw, sometimes refined, and what we love about it the most is that it is always REAL, and always reaching deep into the source of meaning for humanity.
A Fascination With Heights
Half String’s A Fascination With Heights gets a special reissue treatment by Independent Project Records with this newly remastered and expanded version of the band’s first and only full-length release. Filled with beautiful melodies and harmonies, alternately hard-edged and chiming guitars, Heights reveals Half String at their peak in 1995 churning out well crafted songs and their brand of ‘beautiful noise’. Jack Rabid, writing in The Big Takeover has said, "'Shell Life' and especially 'Departures' set Half String off as the finest from the pack of American bands who've heard their share of U.K. post-Valentine pop-noises...
Incident At Cima
"Incident at Cima" is the debut album from SCENIC, the group formed by SAVAGE REPUBLIC and IPR founder Bruce Licher. Conceived of as an all-instrumental soundtrack for the East Mojave Desert, Licher is joined by former SHIVA BURLESQUE bassist James Brenner and drummer Brock Wirtz, with guest musicians Jeffrey Clark (SHIVA BURLESQUE vocalist), Robert Loveless (former SAVAGE REPUBLIC and 17 PYGMIES member), Chris Manecke (from the ABECEDARIANS) and John Ganem...