AHT 044 – Limited Edition of 70 copies with individually designed and hand drawn sleeves.
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1. Burn It Down Burnadette 03:43
2. Co-Pilot 02:54
3. Grass Is Always Greener 03:48
4. I Am A Hatchet 05:03
5. Masterpiece 03:35
6. Little French Earthquakes 03:19
7. I’m Thrilled 03:14
8. Drinking For Two 03:14
9. Flicker (Song For Clara) 03:12
10. Insomnia 02:51
Phil Yates, not the Phil Yates of Midnight Guitar Moods fame, is a Burlington, Vermont based singer-songwriter who used to call Los Angeles, Chicago, Columbia, SC, and Springfield, IL home. When not performing, he teaches in the mathematics department at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, and sporadically DJ’s a show called ”Spork!” on the college’s radio station (WWPV 88.7 The Mike).
Describing his sound as ”too folky for the rockers and too rocky for the folkers,” Phil blends (at least what he thinks are) clever lyrics with melodies full of hooks. On his EP Tumble Stairs, digitally released on Revolution Road in May 2011 and physically released on his own in June 2011, Phil went into the studio with a band full of friends to build on his songs. Two of the tracks, ”Ninjas vs. Zombies (Let’s Keep Our Heads)” and ”The Bottom of an Urn”, appear in the movies Ninjas vs. Zombies and Ninjas vs. Vampires, respectively. ”The Gift of Love”, a song whose verses were written by his friends in the lo-fi legends of southern California cassette culture Wckr Spgt, also appeared on the compilation Smooth Sounds: Various Artists Play the Future Hits of Wckr Spgt. This compilation was in honor of the 20th anniversary of Shrimper Records and features bands like The Mountain Goats, Sentridoh, So Many Wizards, Jad Fair, Simon Joyner, Amps For Christ and Franklin Bruno covering Wckr Spgt songs. Wckr Spgt, in turn, covered the Phil Yates penned tune ”Honeycomb” for their Today I Saw Turtles EP that came out in April 2011. In May 2012, Phil went into the studio with The Affiliates and recorded the single ”Could You Be The One?” for the movie Ninjas vs. Monsters. The song was mixed and mastered by Matt Rogalsky (Memory Device, Kingston, Ontario), who worked on PS I Love You’s 2012 release, Death Dreams. In February 2013, Phil Yates & The Affiliates released Oh So Sour, the follow-up full-length album to the Tumble Stairs EP. Oh So Sour was played on various college radio stations around the U.S. and Canada, even reaching #20 on the charts for Radio1190 (Boulder/Denver, CO) in April 2013.
Over the years, Phil has had the opportunity to open for a variety of acts. He has played with The Mountain Goats, The Babies, The Dead Milkmen’s Joe Jack Talcum, Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs, Franklin Bruno, Wckr Spgt, Ann Beretta, Mary Prankster, and The Push Stars. Phil has also shared a basket of chips and salsa with The Apples in Stereo’s Robert Schneider.
The LP is a limited edition of 60 copies with handdrawn sleeves, all different – in the style of Almost Halloween Time Records. Phil Yates And The Affilities will bring you ear candy from Burlington, Vermont with their Indie power pop.
released April 1, 2015
Music & Lyrics by Phil Yates (Sonic Charger Songs, ASCAP) except
“Burn It Down, Bernadette” and “Drinking For Two” by Phil Yates & Raph Worrick
(Sonic Charger Songs, ASCAP/Ray Fork Music, ASCAP)
Jake Blodgett – drums, tambourine
Kevin Stevens – electric guitar
Raph Worrick – bass, Wurlitzer piano, backing vocals
Phil Yates – vocals, electric & acoustic guitar
Mastered by Matt Rogalsky at Memory Device, Kingston, Ontario