Posts Tagged ‘The Honorary Title’

Jarrod Gorbel has a new project, his first post The Honorary Title breakup (not counting solo stuff). Night Terrors Of 1927 is his new band’s name (band also features Blake Sennett of Rilo Kiley fame), and they’ve released two EP’s and one full length to date, with the later getting pressed on vinyl as a single LP. There are two variants for Everything’s Coming Up Roses; pink and black. The pink is exclusive to the Warner Bros. Records web store and is limited to 500 copies. The black is available everywhere else and is limited to 3,000 copies.

The record comes with a full color insert printed on thick glossy paper. It’s not quite card stock but it’s thicker/heavier weight paper than your standard insert. The download code yields high quality 320 kbps MP3s. Retail price on this is around $20 regardless of what color you opt for or where you buy it. I bought this on black vinyl for $12 shipped after being patient and taking advantage of sales.

If you haven’t heard Night Terrors Of 1927 and you’re a fan of The Honorary Title, Gorbel’s new band is worth checking out. Think Honorary Title with a more electronic vibe; The Honorary Title blended with Panic! At The Disco, the newest Fall Out Boy album and Hellogoodbye minus the goofiness. You might recognize one of their songs, “Dust And Bones” from a handful of commercials. An instrumental version of that song played in a Doritos and NFL Play 60 commercial that aired in 2013, 2014 and 2015.


Enjoy The Ride Records released The Honorary Title’s debut album, Anything Else But The Truth, on vinyl and labeled as a 10th Anniversary release. Strangely though, the label made only one brief mention of the 10th Anniversary pressing through their social media outlets, and made no mention of it after it went up for sale. They did not milk that aspect of the release at all, for whatever reason.

There are four variants for this record, which was pressed as a double LP housed in a gatefold jacket. Three of the four were exclusive to Enjoy The Ride, while the fourth was a Hot Topic exclusive. All of the variants has the C/D-side on green vinyl, which is supposed to match the snake featured in the album artwork but is not even close. So the variants are based off the color of the A/B-side record, and are as follows. There are 100 copies on white with black spots. The black spots are three black circles, not dots, even spaced around the record. There are 150 copies on black and white swirl with oxblood splatter and there are 150 copies on half white/half black with oxblood splatter. Those three are the Enjoy The Ride exclusive variants, which sold out in a few days, and only did so because of the extreme rarity of them. Lastly, there is the Hot Topic exclusive variants, which is half white/half black limited to 600 copies.

The gatefold jacket has the lyrics printed inside, and no insert is included as a result. The vinyl version also has all five of the bonus tracks that were included with the double-CD re-release of Anything Else But The Truth from 2006 (album’s original release was in 2004). The bonus tracks are found at the end of the original release version of the album, starting witht the third track on the C-side running through to the end of the album. The bonus tracks, in order as they appear, are as follows: “Soft, Pale And Pure,” “Reason To Celebrate,” “Never Said,” “Smoking Pose (alternate version)” and “Bridge And Tunnel (alternate version).”

An interesting thing was discovered about Enjoy The Ride’s partnership with Hot Topic, which many people overlooked and I think Ross from ETR let slip without realizing. I’m sure after reading this blog entry he will delete the post mentioning it from the message board though. But I took a screen shot of it to save for posterity. Apparently Hot Topic had ETR sign a contract forcing ETR to price match Hot Topic on every ETR release that has a Hot Topic exclusive variant. So that explains the ridiculous price tags associated with most of ETR releases of late ($24.50 for this Honorary Title record and $25 for the single LP Cartel release). It’s not an excuse for the prices by any means, and the cash grab aspect is purely on Hot Topic in this case, but if Ross from ETR had any integrity (which is laughable at this point given the long track record of questionable things he has done since day one) he wouldn’t go into business with Hot Topic after seeing they would force him to artificially inflate the prices of his releases. The way I look at it; it’s yet another reason not to buy anything Hot Topic.

Before people get on their high horses and call me a hypocrite; I try my damndest to not buy records from Hot Topic, but my wallet is the judge and jury in the end. If I can buy a record for drastically cheaper than anywhere else, as was the case with this particular record (by taking advantage of dimwitted new employees during Hot Cash), I will bite the bullet and buy it. For the most part if there are several variants for a record that include a Hot Topic exclusive, I won’t buy it from Hot Topic even if it is a better looking record, matches the artwork better or is more rare. And before people get on their high horses about that last statement; yes the music sounds the same no matter the color of vinyl the record is pressed on, but why should I not be allowed to choose what color I purchase using logic and rationale I deem worthy if there are several choices at my disposal.

In mid 2016 Anything Else But The Truth is getting re-pressed, this time by Doghouse Records themselves. Price is about the same as the first press, and since it hasn’t been released yet no word on if the bonus tracks are on the second pressing.

In late 2013 Enjoy The Ride Records announced one their releases, which was a joint effort with Fadeaway Records, a not defunct, but dormant label. It was a compilation on a grand scale. It wound up being a triple LP featuring unreleased songs from many popular indie scene bands. Profits from the comp went towards cancer research. Some of the bands on this comp included Brand New, Saves The Day, Motion City Soundtrack, Hot Rod Circuit, Nightmare Of You, Far , Fred Mascherino of Taking Back Sunday and Terrible Things fame, The Honorary Title, Vinnie Caruana of The Movielife and I Am The Avalanche fame, Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra fame, Matt Pryor, Reggie And The Full Effect, Head Automatica, Frank Iero of My Chemical Romance fame, and Kevin Devine. It was comprised mostly of bands producer and head of Fadeaway Records, Michael Dubin, worked with or had some connection to over the years. The comp was simply entitled Friends.

The record is housed in a triple panel gatefold jacket and comes with an insert to boot. Each copy is also hand numbered out of the variant total, not the total amount of copies pressed. All copies were also pressed on colored vinyl, some sort of splatter was used for the several variants this comp has. There were some, what I feel were shady goings-on with the variants.

There is a “1st press” and a “2nd press” of this record. I use the quotes because they really are one combined pressing. The “1st press” sold out, rather slower than expected, and right on the heels of it selling out, before the “1st press” even shipped, a “2nd” pressing was announced and put up for pre-order. Anyone with common sense would say how can there be a second pressing when the records from the first pressing were not even done and pressed yet.

The nonsense with the variants continued even after all the “pressings” were announced, as the “1st press” had a friends press, limited to 100 copies. When the comp was first announced there was no mention that there would be a friends press, only that the comp would be limited to 500 copies. Since it took so long to sell out the actual 400 copies of the pressing that were available to the public didn’t matter. It continued still with the“2nd pressing, as it had a friends press of sorts, which was called an “extra special variant.” I’m not making that up for giggles, the two labels responsible for this comp actually called it that; “extra special variant.” This “extra special variant” was split into two groups; 50 copies were randomly given out in orders for the “2nd pressing” and 50 copies could only be pre-ordered at the compilations’ record release show. Yes, a compilation album comprised of unreleased songs had a release show, where I should point out none of the bands featured on the comp played.

So the pressing info for this comp is as follows: “1st press” – 400 copies on red/white/black splatter and 100 copies on red/clear/white splatter (friends press). “2nd press” – 500 copies on milky clear/red/blue/yellow splatter and 100 copies on black/blue/white splatter (“extra special variant”). Again, a triple panel gatefold jacket houses the records. An insert is also include.

The biggest issue I have with this comp is the price gouging and downright ripping off of people. The comp cost $40 before shipping, a bit outrageous but since it was a triple LP and came in a nice jacket with an insert it became a bit easier to swallow. My justifiable pricing, a price which I consider acceptable for multi-disc releases is $10 per LP. So in that train of thought this should be closer to $30 than $40. Again, the finer points of the release somewhat justify the price tag. After hearing how much it cost to produce this comp, which was stated publicly by the head of Fadeaway Records on a public message board (and which I took a screen shot of for posterity), each copy cost at most $20 to produce. I understand the business model of doubling your money or don’t bother, but in this case that markup is a bit drastic.

The shipping charges are where I have a major problem; I find them unacceptable. Fadeaway Records charged $9 for shipping, and they wound up shipping it media mail, which as well all known is the cheapest shipping method available for records. The actual cost on my mailer said $3.65; factor in material costs (guy who runs the labels packaged orders himself so no employee costs) and shipping shouldn’t have been more than $6, and that’s being generous.Fadeaway Records justified the price points as, direct quote; “The proceeds are going to charity. Any overages on shipping will be donated to charity.”

I have no problems with charitable donations, but customers, anyone really, shouldn’t be forced to pay more money so someone else can make a bigger donation to charity. If I wanted to donate more of my money to charity I would donate the money directly to the charity of my choosing myself. That decision shouldn’t be made by someone else and it definitely shouldn’t be made by a bias third party.

The Honorary Title’s Scream & Light Up The Sky was released by Doghouse Records on vinyl back in 2008 and is still not sold out. There are at least two distros or webstores that still have copies left on black vinyl. A quick and easy Google search will lead you to the places still selling copies of this record.

The album was pressed on two colors, red limited to 500 copies and black limited to 500 copies. Some people think there are 1,000 copies on black instead of 500 based on some slightly confusing information advertised at the time the record was first put up for sale, making it seem like there are 1500 total copies pressed. But the official numbers are 500 copies of each color making 1,000 copies total. Red copies are the only ones sold out. The album was pressed as a double LP that comes housed in a gatefold jacket, which has the lyrics printed inside the gatefold. The vinyl version of the album also features two bonus tracks not found on the CD version of Scream & Light Up The Sky, “Undone” and “Doesn’t Make A Difference.” These two songs are found on the Untouched & Intact EP however, so they really aren’t that good of bonus track.