Just before christmas last month it got dead cold but didn't snow, it just stuck in the -2 to -10 zone and forced me to dig out the ultra warm North Face coat I was forced to buy as a result (not a bad thing in my book). So I was checking twitter around the 10th of December and noticed one of my favourite groups of all time, Ringworm, were playing in a weeks time in Buffallo which is about an hour or so's drive from me. As luck would have it I wasn't working so I jumped in the motor with the missus and strolled up to the show, they were playing with a few bands who I wasn't interested in and Every Time I Die who also come under that header for me. As I walked in the band before Ringworm were just finishing up their final song so I didn't have to wait and ETID were on after them so it looked like I was in for an early night. $12 in and I didn't have to sit through anyone I didn't like, perfect show for me then.
Let's get this post on track then, Ringworm had just released a split 7" on A389 with Australia's Mindsnare, seeing as I'd just moved to another country I didn't have the funds to order one of these online during the preorders so it was a perfect time to pick up both the colour and black versions. I don't know the numbers or anything but I'm assuming the purple is the rarer colour, it's a cool kind of semi translucent record which goes perfectly with the artwork courtesy of the Human Furnace. The record is housed within a 7" sized comic book which includes a cool little dig at Victory records which I always welcome in 2012.
This is the standard black, kids these days tend to not buzz over black records and prefer to gush over a clear 12" with three alternating splatters mixed in to resemble something an student would cough/spew up after 48 hours of solid drinking on freshers week. I can understand not buzzing on a black record due to the fact it's not the rarest colour but I've noticed a bunch of labels recently using black as the more limited variant and making the main press colour so you never know kids, your black could be super rare. In this case, it's not.
Something I'm sure a lot of people know about and that I find a nice touch is that most of a389's releases use the same template on the A and most of the time B sides which I think adds a continuity to the records. It's normally a black background but sometimes it's changed to match the colour of the artwork like here on the Integrity To Die For 10 inches.
At the same show the band had the Madness Of War demo 7" which was also released on a389, originally released on cassette in the late 90's after the band came out of hiatus, the songs made their way onto Birth Is Pain albeit rerecorded. This baby is pressed on a flexi, now I've seen a couple people perplexed by this format on a number of blogs saying they've never seen one. Now I'm not old enough to remember when these were on the front of the NME but I do remember owning a bunch of Thunderbird flexi's that came on the front of the Frosties boxes. They were pretty much my only records until I bought the Partners In Kryme classic "Turtle Power" single in 1990. Ninja Turtles started by vinyl addiction...
Here's a picture of them both together:
The band copies I think were out of 50 on clear and the black was out of 200, I could be wrong so correct me with your knowledge in the comments. What's cool about these is the fact that the silver ink used on the label makes the clear version look inverted or non-inverted depending on the background behind it.
I received a couple of copies of both the Scars LP and the Birth Is Pain LP repress from Victory the day before I left for Canada, I did't take any pictures of them so if I remember once I'm home, I'll do a post about them. I'm pleased Ringworm are done with their Victory contract, it's a shame they hooked up with them just before the label turned to absolute shit and started putting out A Day To Remember and other such rubbish.