Self Released (2018, Reissue)
Back in 1988, Treepeople released a cassette only album called No Mouth Pipetting. This was back before Guilt, Regret, Embarrassment. I never had this cassette and only became aware of its existence a few years ago when I found it on Discogs. A little creative searching online led me to MP3s of the tape, but I never held out much hope for tracking one down. Then the band decided to start playing some shows again. And went on a short tour. And rereleased the whole thing on limited edition white vinyl. Crazy times.
Once I found out about this, I went a little nuts trying to track a copy down, finally locating one on the online shop of a record store in Boise. It's a little easier to get one now if you're looking as the band put their leftovers up on eBay. So go grab one before they're gone. I'll wait.
Back? This record is really great. Yes, the recording sounds a little dated and sure, in particular the drum fills sound really tinny. But that doesn't change the fact that the songs are still powerful and Doug Martsch & Scott Schmaljohn seem to have had a real chemistry with their guitar playing right away. For what is essentially a demo, Treepeople very obviously had their shit together pretty early on. The LP sounds a lot better than the files that were ripped from the original cassette that I had found online, but at the end of the day it is a self released record from 1988, so it's never going to sound like something recorded yesterday.
I'm thrilled that this album was released on vinyl. Now I don't need to looks for that original tape anymore and if there's one thing that my life doesn't need any more of, it's cassettes.
Treepeople - "Pack of Lies":
Treepeople - "Fish Basket":