New For 2021 - Smallpox - "The Covers Album"

Thu Jan 14, 12:24 PM

Smallpox is an open-ended, modern rock collaborative formed in 2019, featuring former members of Cupid and Psyche, Shirk Circus, The 65’s and The Subway Surfers.

The project features our good friend Daniel Smith, whose album Groping For Luna, Vol. 1 we released back in 2014. Dan was also the bass player in the excellent NJ power pop band Shirk Circus (check out the 2011 Dromedary album This Band Will Destroy Your Life as well as their two outstanding albums on the Bar/None label) and played bass and guitar with The 65’s on their 2011 Dromedary album Strike Hard.

We’ve always loved Dan’s songwriting and his outstanding musicianship. But we also became aware of his fantastic interpretations of other people’s songs. His cover of Liz Phair’s “Fuck and Run” is featured on our 2013 compilation From ’93 ‘Til Infinity, a cover he pulled together in less than a day. He also covered Husker Du’s “Flip Your Wig” by our request, which we released as a free download in advance of the Groping For Luna record.

With his collaborative band Smallpox, Dan has been building a small library of excellent cover songs, and we feel like they deserve to be heard. 2020 was a miserable year by just about all accounts – heading into 2021, we all want a return to something familiar, something less, well, tense.

The debut album by Smallpox, …For A Girl, was recently released on Eyeball Records. As a companion to that release, we will be releasing one new cover song every other week, throughout 2021. For now, the songs will be digital only, available only in our Bandcamp store (no streaming services, no iTunes, etc). You can purchase them for $1 each, or you can simply buy the entire Covers Album for $18 and get every one of the songs as we release them.

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