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INDIE | Chicago vs. Atlanta on a new cassette comp of local psych


Next month local cassette label 'Spective Audio releases Vital-Sound I, a compilation that pits six psychedelic bands from Atlanta against five from Chicago. Each city gets a side, and the tape features mostly unreleased material—new tunes, B sides, alternate takes.

Label founder Nicholas Zettel got the idea this winter when Cyrus Shahmir—front man for Atlanta pop-psych act the N.E.C.—contacted him about a spring tour. "Basically, everyone that I've worked with is from Atlanta or Chicago," he says.

Zettel roped Shahmir into the project to enlist the Atlanta groups. "Pretty much all of those bands are bands that I've played with or I recorded," Shahmir says. "I could just call them on the phone and say, 'Yo, wanna do this?'"

click to enlarge J-cards for Vital-Sound I in progress
  • J-cards for Vital-Sound I in progress

The Chicago side of Vital-Sound I includes drony foursome Implodes, trippy metal trio Killer Moon, and Zettel's own band, the Leavitt Ours; Atlanta's side includes the N.E.C., doo-wop pop group Sovus Radio, and noise punks All the Saints. Zettel and Shahmir hope the compilation will shine a light on both scenes. "These are, in my mind, world-class bands," Shahmir says.

Zettel and an artist called Cinchel are each making big paintings with ink or watercolors, which they'll cut up into unique J-cards for every copy; e-mail spectiveaudio@gmail.com to preorder. 'Spective Audio hopes to release a second volume of Vital-Sound next year. —Leor Galil

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