Philville Friends and Family:
The debut album by the Driftless Revelers has arrived! American Fork Standards features the original songwriting and musicianship of Ben Nelson, Matthew R. Sayles, and Jerod Kaszynski on a wild ride through their take on American roots music and psychedelic folk.
Pre-order of physical CDs runs until September 2nd, and then the album will be available for streaming on all major platforms, as well as for downloading and purchasing via philvillerecords.com (or for purchase at shows). Remember, streaming pays diddly squat--so if you've got a few bucks, buy the album or download it from Philville Records!
All tracks were recorded from January to July of 2022 in real time at the Philville Records Studios in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and every instrument you hear on the album was played by the Driftless Revelers (with the exception of the percussion on "Meat Raffle Mambo"--that was begrudgingly performed by the digitized ghost of a Tito Puente impersonator from Hackensack).
If you're a fan of the Holy Modal Rounders, the Fugs, Dr. Hook and The Medicine Show, Michael Hurley, The Clamtones, Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, or Ween, you might find this album endearing. You might also learn how to teach your parakeet to talk if you pay close attention through the full album.
Reviving the era of psychedelic folk and exploring the oddest (and sometimes disconcerting) corners of 20th century American roots music ala 78 rpm collectors like Harry Smith and R. Crumb, American Fork Standards seeks to be a benchmark in 21st century oddities with one foot firmly planted in the last century, and the other mired in the trenches of the perpetually distracted and over-stimulated world in which we now reside.
...and I've mentioned before--Philville Records is a sole proprietorship. It doesn't get much more "Mom and Pop" shop than this, which means touring, gigging, and hard work go into fronting the expenses for projects like this.
I believe that if you put in the work and put out a quality product, your fans will support you by purchasing your album, or attending your shows. So thanks for factoring that into your decision to pick up an copy of American Fork Standards today!
Eau Claire Album Release party is Friday, September 2nd 2022 at the Fire House, in downtown Eau Claire! Click on the poster below for a link to the Facebook Event.