Hardly Art

Dude York’s Falling Out Now!

FRI, JUL 26, 2019

Out worldwide today on LP, CD, digital, and cassette, Falling is the phenomenal new album from Seattle power-pop trio Dude York. This 13 track collection was inspired by adolescent romance and the FM-radio pop-punk of the early 2000s, and is already being hailed as ”a stylistic triumph and a timeless take on nostalgia” (Upset) that “[hits] just the right amount of charm and nostalgia to make poptimists out of the rest of us” (BUST). Purchase your copy today and catch Dude York on the road this fall. 

Chastity Belt’s New Self-Titled Album Out 9/20; Pre-Order Today!

WED, JUL 10, 2019

Acclaimed Seattle band Chastity Belt have returned with their first new music since 2017’s I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone. This heartfelt new record, simply titled Chastity Belt, is due out on Friday, September 20th on LP, CD, digital, and cassette from Hardly Art records, and from Milk! records in Australia and New Zealand. Chastity Belt was co-produced by the band and Melina Duterte aka Jay Som. 

They’ve also shared a self-made music video for lead single “Ann’s Jam,” which you can watch via the link above. Chastity Belt will be touring extensively this fall in Europe and North America in support of the record. Click here for a full list of dates.

Pre-order your copy of Chastity Belt today. First run vinyl pressings come on grass-green vinyl. 

Listen to Dude York’s New Single “Should’ve”

TUE, JUL 9, 2019

Seattle trio Dude York’s new full-length Falling–their tribute to adolescent romance and early-aughts mall punk–is out Friday, July 26th on LP, CD, digital, and cassette. “Should’ve” is the infectious third single from Falling, following the equally-spirited title track and “Box.” Stream it now and pre-order your copy of Falling today. First-run LP copies come on frosting-colored vinyl. Additionally, the band has announced a free, all-ages in-store on their record release day at Easy Street Records in their native Seattle. 

Click here for a list of upcoming tour dates. 

Girl Friday’s Fashion Conman EP Out Now!

FRI, JUN 28, 2019

Today we celebrate the release of the Fashion Conman EP from Los Angeles’ Girl Friday, Hardly Art’s latest signing. To mark the occasion, the band has shared a new lo-fi music video for the EP’s first track, “Headstones,” which premiered this morning via Paste. Next Tuesday, Girl Friday embark on a lengthy North American tour with New Zealand band The Beths. Click here for a full list of dates. 

Stay tuned for more from this promising young band!

Julia Shapiro’s Solo Debut Perfect Version Out Now

FRI, JUN 14, 2019

Happy Record Release Day to Julia Shapiro! Perfect Version, the new full-length album from the Chastity Belt lead singer, is out now on LP, CD, digital, and cassette. Julia has also announced new tour dates with Sidney Gish and Lisa Prank. For a full list of upcoming shows, including East Coast performances in Washington, D.C. and Brooklyn, click here. First-run LPs on blue vinyl can be purchased from our Mini Mart

Dude York Shares New Music Video for “Box”

THU, JUN 6, 2019

Seattle trio Dude York have returned with the new full-length Falling, their tribute to adolescent romance and the pop-punk that proliferated on the FM radio wavelengths of yesteryear. Following the lead single and title track, the band has shared a charming new one-take video for second single “Box.” Vocalist Peter Richards says the song is about adolescent disappointment and the emotional solipsism that can follow. Of the video, Richards says the band “reached out to friends in the Seattle arts community and [dancer] Samie Detzer, [choreographer] Alice Ghosti, [director] Jared Caldwell, and the Washington Ensemble Theater answered with resounding support.”

We can also now share that Dude York will be opening for Bleached on some North American tour dates in October.  Click here for a full list of upcoming performances. 
Falling will be out Friday, July 26th on LP, CD, Digital, and Cassette and is available for pre-order now. First-run LP copies come on frosting-colored vinyl. 

Watch the New Music Video for Julia Shapiro’s “Shape”; Perfect Version Out June 14th

THU, MAY 30, 2019

Perfect Version, the debut solo album  from Chastity Belt singer/guitarist Julia Shapiro, is out June 14th on LP/CD/Digital/Cassette. Today, we’re sharing the record’s third single “Shape” along with a new music video shot and edited by Julia herself, which incorporates footage from her recent Australian tour. Additionally, Julia has announced a couple of July East Coast tour dates. Click here for a full list of upcoming performances. Pre-orders are available now. 

Jenn Champion Shares New Video for “Going Nowhere”

FRI, MAY 24, 2019

Today, Jenn Champion dropped a new music video for “Going Nowhere,” another standout track from her 2018 album Single Rider. Directed by Marcy Stone-Francois, the video features dancers Laura Aschoff and Markeith Wiley. Additionally, Jenn has announced two new upcoming dates in Brooklyn and her former hometown of Seattle. See those here

Girl Friday Signs to Hardly Art! Fashion Conman EP Out June 28th

WED, MAY 22, 2019

Hardly Art is pleased to announce the signing of LA quartet Girl Friday, whose Fashion Conman EP is due out Friday, June 28th.  You can watch the music video for their new single “Decoration/Currency” today via Brooklyn Vegan. In July, Girl Friday hit the road with New Zealand band The Beths for a North American tour. Click here for a full list of upcoming performances.