Craft Recordings’ lineup this year has been a diverse one, spanning blues, jazz, oldies, salsa, and now, hard rock from the last two decades. Over the last few weeks, Craft has dished out vinyl reissues from the gothic metalcore outfit Motionless in White, alt-rock heroes Taking Back Sunday, and the grungey alt-metal group Creed.
First up is a black vinyl edition of When Love Met Destruction, the 2009 sophomore EP from the Scranton-hailing industrial metal/goth-core rockers. The band had initially hit the studio to record an 11-track LP, which was released in a very limited run of 1,000 copies before the band signed with Fearless Records. Under a new contract, Motionless in White re-recorded six of the best songs and issued them on a new EP with the same name. It’s this collection of re-recordings that caught the attention of the press and has seen reissue from Craft. Fans will note that several cuts from the EP would later be transformed for their 2010 LP Creatures; “Bananamontana” became “City Lights” while the chorus of the EP’s title track would form the chorus of “Creatures.” Ten years after the release of their breakthrough EP, Motionless in White continue to record and tour. Their 2014 album Reincarnate debuted at No. 9 on the Top 200 Albums chart and No. 1 on the Rock Albums rankings. The band also wrapped up a tour opening for Alice Cooper in support of the band’s new album, Disguise.
Craft has also released a vinyl reissue of Taking Back Sunday’s genre-defining debut, Tell All Your Friends. as part of an ongoing celebration of the group’s twentieth year together. Originally released in 2002, the album features fan favorites like “Cute Without the E (Cut From the Team),” “Great Romances of the 20th Century,” “Timberwolves in New Jersey,” and “You’re So Last Summer” which blended emo, hardcore, and punk influences with a pop sensibility. True to its name, word about Tell All Your Friends traveled by word of mouth and grew over the course of the year thanks to an unrelenting tour schedule and emerging social media and file sharing sites. Soon it became a widely acclaimed favorite of the press: The BBC praised Taking Back Sunday’s “ability to write fantastically catchy songs that are poppy and fun as they are upbeat and emotionally aggressive,” while Drowned In Sound prophetically declared, “This is the start of a movement.” Alternative Press has gone on to call it “the record that changed everything. [It’s] as close as it gets to a modern masterpiece.” Now the album has been reissued on vinyl – newly remastered and pressed onto both standard black wax. The reissue follows Craft’s recent Taking Back Sunday compilation, Twenty, released back in January.
Most recently, Craft has reissued Creed’s 1999 album Human Clay. The Tallahassee-based rockers landed on the map thanks to their multi-platinum debut My Own Prison, but it was the driving riffs, earworms and thoughtful, inward-looking lyrics of Human Clay that brought them the mainstream attention that would propel them to stardom. On the heels of their smash single “Higher,” Human Clay debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The single, meanwhile, remained on the Hot 100 for an impressive 57 weeks. Meanwhile, “With Arms Wide Open” became Creed’s first No. 1 pop single and even won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song in 2001. In the 20 years since its original release, Human Clay has sold over 11 million copies and has been certified diamond by the RIAA. For its first vinyl reissue, this modern classic has been presented as a 2-LP set in a gatefold jacket. This marks the album’s first appearance on wax since the extremely limited first run in 1999.
So rock fans, get ready to turn your records up loud this autumn as Craft delivers some of the best of ’90s and ’00s rock on wax! Keep scrolling for order links and track listings!
- To Keep From Getting Burned
- Ghost in the Mirror
- Destroying Everything
- Whatever You Do… Don’t Push the Red Button
- Billy in 4C Never Saw it Coming
- The Seventh Circle
Taking Back Sunday, Tell All Your Friends (originally Victory Records CD VR126, 2002 — reissued Craft Recordings, 2019)
You Know How I Do
Cute Without The ‘E’ (Cut From The Team)
There’s No ‘I’ In Team
Great Romances Of The 20th Century
Ghost Man On Third
Timberwolves At New Jersey
The Blue Channel
You’re So Last Summer
- Are You Ready
- What If
- Say I
- Wrong Way
- Faceless Man
- Never Die
- With Arms Wide Open
- Wash Away Those Years
- Inside Us All