Every year this relatively new tradition called Record Store Day (RSD) has grown in popularity around the globe. RSD 2014, propelled by releases from industry heavies Pixies, David Bowie and REM, proved to be no different. At least one day a year, the masses gather at independent record stores around the world to sift through racks of new, limited edition and used music. This annual event is serving to rejuivenate a past time many had written off entirely. Dayton, Ohio’s 2014 RSD celebration, like many major cities across the United States, reported banner sales and record turnout. In fact Dayton, Ohio always tends to punch above its weight when allowed to feature and appeal to its flourishing music scene comprised of veteran musicians and passionate fans.
Dayton area musicians and bands were featured throughout the day performing live at Omega Records and nightly in venues around town. In addition to Omega Records performances by artist such as Human Cannon Ball ( Ex. South East Engine, Shrug), Me Time (Ex. King Elk, Andrew and the Pretty Punchers) and Smug Brothers (GBV, Swearing at Motorists, Astro Fang), there were several notable Dayton releases. Indie rock pioneers, Lab Partners were back releasing a new full length Seven Seas and local guitar slinging legend Chris Wright and company released their long awaited debut EP, C. Wrights Parlour Tricks, Hot Doggin. These two celebrated RSD and their collective releases at local venue Blind Bobs later that evening with special guests Good English.
Dayton record label, Gas Daddy Go!, started what is hopefully a new annual tradition by releasing a compilation of previously unreleased songs by 10 regional artists (Motel Beds, Me and Mountains, Oh Condor, and more). The compilation titled X-Ray Acres was is was a limited cassette and digital download.
The 1984 Draft was one Dayton band happy to participate in this year’s RSD festivities by being featured on X-Ray Acres, and performed that evening at Dayton’s Canal Public House. Coming off of the release of the DIY full length record Return to Tall Boy Mountain on December 31st 2013, and the more polished but equally crunchy 3 song EP on April 1st 2014, Bo Jackson up the Middle, The 1984 Draft were excited to be included on the X-Ray Acres compilation.
The Gas Daddy Go! Compilation was a big success for not only The 1984 Draft but also for label and all the featured bands. As for RSD, the future looks bright in Dayton and elsewhere … now we just need to work on the other 364 days of the year!
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