Scene (n): A community of like-minded creatives working to achieve a collective success.
Thankfully, with the independent label boom in full swing, we’re able to travel to different parts of the world and develop a taste for that music simply by spinning a compilation record.
SIMGE recently introduced you to the San Francisco Garage-Rock community through the Sonny Smith (Sonny & The Sunsets) curated I Need You Bad, but today we’re en route to Philadelphia, and particularly Studio 4 Recordings, a small recoding venue operated by a 26-year old multi-genre producer named Will Yip who’s been at the helm of revered releases by such renowned outfits as Title Fight, Tigers Jaw, Polar Bear Club, Man Overboard, Pity Sex, Circa Survive, and many more.
“This comp represents everything that I’ve done in the past ten years of my life,” explained Yip of his forthcoming Off The Board: A Studio 4 Family Compilation, which is slated to drop next week on October 8th.
Proceeds from the record are being used for a down payment toward Yip’s partnership in the legendary Studio 4 located in Conshohocken, PA.
“I want to give the Punk, Hardcore, and Alternative community of awesome bands a home,” Yip continued.
By entering into a partnership with Studio 4 Recordings owner, and Grammy Award-winning producer Phil Nicolo (Bob Dylan, Bon Jovi, The Fugees, Sting), it enables Yip to work with the bands that he loves, regardless of budgets, which have stifled such projects in the past.
“The only thing that ever mattered was how much I love the music,” describes Yip. “I always want to produce bands that I like, but most of the time those budgets aren’t close to prior Studio 4 budgets. This studio always produced big records in a big studio environment, an experience that most bands in our indie scene historically never had. By owning the studio, I’ll be able to accept nearly any budget instead of worrying about having to pay a large rental overhead. I have the once in a lifetime opportunity to not only continue the Studio 4 legacy, but to also make this classic studio a home to our community of the best bands in the world.”
The album, which is composed completely of unreleased music and B-Sides individually produced, mixed, and engineered by Yip, will be released on limited edition colored vinyl (500 red / 500 green), black vinyl (2,000), and CD. In addition, it’ll be available worldwide digitally.
Stream “Siblings”, a new single by Philadelphia’s own Daylight, who caught SIMGE’s ear this past summer at the reincarnated Skate & Surf Festival for its Nirvana-esque sound and outspoken opinion of the event, here and stay tuned for more on Off The Board: A Studio 4 Family Compilation.
Daylight – Siblings
Circa Survive – Nobody Can Change
Polar Bear Club – New Hollywood
Citizen – Cicuta
Light Years – I Couldn’t Change
Sainthood Reps – Gloom
Koji – Breaking and Broken
None More Black – That Thing That Separates Em
Tigers Jaw – Carry You Over
Turnover – Flicker And Fade
Pity Sex – Euclid
Man Overboard – I Hate her
Anthony Green – The More You Get, The Less You…
Balance And Composure – Why Do You Leave Us