Brother O' Brother preps tons of vinyl releases for 2016 

Eight vinyl releases in one year?!

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When Chris Banta emailed me earlier this month to say his band was prepping more vinyl releases for 2016 — after dropping one that sold out in 3 minutes in February — I prepared my mind to be blown. As I scanned through the list of releases, including one with glow-in-the-dark dino bones, my mind WAS blown.

Here's the thing: all vinyl purveyors in town know that it's tough to get vinyl out these days. RSD and increased purchasing are great for stores, but it means record pressing plants are seriously backed up, and small batch orders from labels can get delayed for months at a time. So it's quite a coup that Chris Banta and Warner Swopes managed to figure out a way to get out eight wax Brother O' Brother releases together for 2016 — and it's a coup for us that these records are so dang beautiful to look at.

click to enlarge There are only 30 glitter-filled, dino-bone filled records available of the self-titled released.
  • There are only 30 glitter-filled, dino-bone filled records available of the self-titled released.

"I just started running my own label a couple months ago," Banta says, of Romanus Records, his own label. Romanus works with Colorado's Fonoflo Records as sort of a "parent label." "We have vinyl in 13 countries right now. ... It's just really expanded what we can do and what we can make. ... It's mainly been all of these relationships with other labels [that have allowed us to have the variety of releases]."

The seven upcoming releases are on four different labels, and will drop throughout the year. Why go so wild?

"I want to make what I would want to buy. I know what catches my eye," Banta says. "It's like any other business or art: stuff that gets real wild or psychedelic and pushes that boundaries, you're like, 'Man, that's insane. That's real cool.' I just want to make what I would want to buy. And I've really learned that's also what sells, helps my band grow, allows us to do more. It's both part dream stuff, making what I would want to buy and [part] because it helps grow the pie."

Brother O' Brother won't be playing in Indy for RSD — they've got a date booked at Appleton, Wisc.'s Mile of Music preview party. But we did get a look at all of these releases, and have a chance to present them in bulk to you. Voila!

click to enlarge A variety of Brother O' Brother releases
  • A variety of Brother O' Brother releases


1. Brother O' Brother, Blood & Cigarettes lathe-cut
35, all glow in the dark, glitter-filled, with a zoetrope image on the label; Romanus Records/Fonoflo Records
Sold out in February

2. Brother O' Brother, Show Pony repress
150 rainbow splatter; 50 mystery insertion records; Fonoflo Records
Release date: July

3. Brother O' Brother self-titled
30 glitter-filled, dino-bone filled records. first in the world; 90 blue/yellow/clear splatter copies with screen printed jackets;150 random color. Each random color is screen printed to match color of vinyl; 10 Wax Mage Records Insanity Records; Fonoflo Records/Romanus Records
Release date: April 15

4. Ghost Wolves and Brother O' Brother 7”
90 red/white/blue splatter; 25 cash records (first of its kind); 25 cosmic records; 125 clear records; Fonoflo Records/Romanus Records
Release date: June

5. Brother O' Brother Live at Radio Radio; 300 LPs variants TBA; Shed House Records
Release date: September

click to enlarge The cash records for the Ghost Wolves and Brother O' Brother 7" are the first of their kind
  • The cash records for the Ghost Wolves and Brother O' Brother 7" are the first of their kind
6. Brother O' Brother and Veseria 7”
100 blue/orange/white splatter; 200 random color; Fonoflo Records/Romanus Records
Release date: September

7. Brother O' Brother and Ghost Wolves double lathe-cut record
Romanus Records
Release date: Fall 2016

8. Brother O' Brother and Scantron 7”
label TBA
Release date: Fall 2016


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