February Records is proud to announce its latest release: “Constant and True — A Tribute to the Songs of Rose Melberg.” This extremely ambitious project was conceived of and brought to fruition by Jeremy Jensen — leader of the Boise, Idaho, pop group The Very Most — out of his appreciation of Melberg’s prolific output.
Rose Melberg is indiepop royalty. As primary songwriter for one of the very first American indiepop bands, Tiger Trap, she played an indispensable part in furthering
the indiepop movement in the U.S. She went on to release music both as a solo artist and as a member of the bands Go Sailor, The Softies, Gaze, Brave Irene, Tally Ho!, PUPS, Imaginary Pants and Knife Pleats, with sounds ranging from fragile, wistful folk to giddy, fizzy cuddlecore to sophisticated, almost jazzy, pop. Her music as been released on such labels as K Records, Double Agent, Kingfisher Bluez, Kill Rock Stars, Slumberland Records, Where It’s At Is Where You Are and Lost Sounds Tapes, just to name a few.
Bands and artists from the United States, Scotland, England, Spain, Norway, France, Australia and Dominican Republic have provided tracks for this compilation. Two bands (Boyracer and Transmittens) even came out of retirement just to contribute a track! Their interpretations of Rose’s music run the gamut from pop-punk to epic, symphonic walls of sound. The album has 21 tracks in total and features The Hermit Crabs, The Prams, Featherfin, Bodyheat, Emma Kupa, Saturday Looks Good To Me, Marc Elston, Ashley and Eli of LAKE, Fireflies, The Smittens, John Girgus and The Legendary House Cats, The Royal Landscaping Society, Gabardine, Boyracer, Band á Part, Seapony, The Very Most, Tomiji, Tangible Excitement, Transmittens and Rocketship.
“Constant and True” will be released as a CD and a digital download, with artwork by Marta Tortajada. A pre-sale will begin September 1 through the February Records Bandcamp site, with the album officially going on sale September 29 (which just happens to be Rose’s birthday). The album will be available to order through Where It’s At Is Where You Are in the UK and Europe. Any surplus from the sale of this album will be donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, a charity that is near and dear to Rose’s heart.
Alasdair Cook - lead vocals and guitars
John Ferguson - lead guitar
Jody Henderson - bass, lead guitar, and backing vocals
Jo Gillies - keys
Anthony O'Donnell - drums
Recorded and mixed by George Burton at Red Eye studios, Glasgow
Emma Cooper - acoustic guitar, bass, vocals
Mark Boxall - drums and backing vocals
Laura Coles - banjo and backing vocals
Lisle Mitnik - instruments and vocals
John Girgus and The Legendary House Cats
Produced and performed by John Girgus. Recorded and mixed at home, San Fernando Valley, CA.
Band À Part
Band à Part - Spanish adaptation of the lyrics
Javi Román - guitar, synths, and drum machine
Coral Rodríguez - vocals
Ronardo P Recacho - all instruments
Leah Hart - vocals
Performed, recorded and mixed by Thomas Guilcher at Tomiji Studio (Paris)
Jen – Vocals, Bass
Stewart – Drums, Guitars, bk vocals
Recorded at Emotional Response, February 2016
Emma Winston of Deerful - vocals
Arrangement, production, all instruments and additional vocals by Featherfin
Additional vocal mixing by Phil Reynolds.
Scott Stevens, Stewart Anderson, and Mark Monnone
Scotts parts recorded by Jeremy Cole at Red Steel Studios, Melbourne
Stewarts parts recorded at Emotional Response, Flagstaff AZ
Marks parts recorded by Gus Franklin at Sheahan Drive Studios, Melbourne
The Hermit Crabs
Jeremy Jensen - instruments
Melanie Whittle - vocals
Danny - Guitar, drum programming
Ian - bass
Jen - vocals
Danny - guitar, vocals
Jen - vocals
Saturday Looks Good To Me
Fred Thomas - vocal and guitar
The Very Most
Jeremy Jensen - instruments
Sarah Robostein - vocals
Matthew Magelof - instruments and vocals
Victoria Linares - vocals
Ashley and Eli (of Lake)
Recorded and performed by Ashley Eriksson and Eli Moore.
Max - keys and vocals
Missy – keys and vocals
Dana – guitar and vocals
Colin – guitar and vocals
Holly – drums
David – bass
Recorded by The Smittens at 161 North Ave
Mixed by Gary Olson at Marlborough Farms
The Royal Landscaping Society
Cris Romero, Maria Barrero, David Vidal, Juanlu Castro.
Recorded and mixed by Cris Romero at Cherry Sounds.
Mastered by Carl Saff
Artwork by Marta Tortajada
Conceived, curated, and coordinated by Jeremy Jensen
supported by 24 fans who also own “Constant and True - a tribute to the songs of Rose Melberg”
This album is utterly astounding - funny, moving, upbeat and more infectious than lice. I cannot stop playing this over and over and over - it's like sunshine with spikes. All the tracks are amazing, but the one that has me jumping about the most, is Unicorn in Uniform. Music to crash your car to :) Lalo