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Hey fam!


Just squeezing in here real quick to let y'all know that we're repressing the seminal debut EP by Caspian on vinyl for the first time since 2008!


As the band prepares to release their new full length Waking Season (view the trailer HERE) and tour North America and Europe throughout the fall, we thought it was probably time to press up some more of these so they're available again :) 


I don't think too much can be said about this album that hasn't been said before, it's a bonafide classic in every way.  From the opening 1-2-3 punch of Quovis, Further Up and Further In, known now simply as "The Trilogy", to the shimmering final notes of the epic closing track Last Rites, You Are The Conductor ebbs and flows flawlessly in instrumental perfection. Few bands have ever set the bar so high for themselves on their debut EP, and as we all know by now, Caspian saw that bar and continues to raise it higher with each subsequent release, never succumbing to the pressure of their previous excellence. And it all started here, with these six tracks comprising the most promising instrumental debut in recent memory. See the band perform The Trilogy:


 (video courtesy wearepostrock)


For this particular pressing we've gone all out, balls-to-the-wall with the quality and packaging. The records have all been pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl. There's four different colors; we've got translucent green, which is the mailorder edition, limited to 100 copies and only available through us. Then we have opaque mint green, which we've split with the band, so we have a very limited amount of these. There's 100 total of them pressed, but we have much less than that to sell in our webstore - the rest will be made available exclusively through the band. Then we have 100 copies on white vinyl, these ones will only be available from record stores and online retailers via Redeye Distribution. And lastly, for the audiophiles we have 300 copies on black vinyl.  


So these thick slabs need to be properly stored when not constantly rotating around your turntable, right? We gotchoo. These 180 gram slabs will be housed in super thick, heavy-duty, no-joke casewrapped, tip-on jackets. If you've seen these jackets before, then you know how THICK and unbelievable they are! Again, exhibit A: 


The bottom example is a standard jacket. The top example is a glorious casewrapped jacket. They're over TWICE as thick!!  OK, sorry, we just cannot get over these jackets... we actually just had to purchase a shipment of brand new LP mailers to mail out the Constants Pasiflora preorders that have casewrapped jackets, because standard LP mailers just won't hold these bad boys... and ya know what? We were HAPPY to do so... ;) 


Anyhow, to round out the package we've got full-color printed inner sleeves snuggling their 180 gram buddies. This is truly a gargantuan behemoth, friends. Quality with a capital "Q", and truly the definitive edition, and proper retelling of this classic record. 


*Collectors Note: We know that we also did 100 copies on white vinyl in the first pressing, so to tell the difference between the two pressings, just remember that the jackets in the first pressing were on 20pt reverse board stock, not casewrapped. And beyond the jacket difference, there's been slight alterations to both the printed inner sleeves and the center labels on the record itself. 


Here's some album deetz for ya, so you know what you're getting yourself into:


Side A: 

1. Quovis

2. Further Up

3. Further In


Side B:

4. Loft

5. For Protection

6. Last Rites



Previous Press for the Caspianites:


"Caspian has the instrumental firepower to make a big noise when it feels like it. But the melodies, timbres and harmonics are so fully realized that "Tertia" would be mighty, even without its climaxes..." The Washington Post


"With key tempo changes, well-spaced arrangements, and delicate instrumental insertions Tertia succeeds in capturing an earthen mood even as it soars to scrape the upper levels of the atmosphere..." Pop Matters


"the ability to create such a wide range of reactions is the definition of true art. And if it can be accomplished through a version of metal, all the more power to it. Heady stuff, this." Metal Sucks


"Listening to it unfold feels like staring at your own static image in the mirror, waiting for infinitesimal changes to reveal themselves..." The Boston Globe


"Tertia finds Caspian trying new things and succeeding, gleefully galloping over the sophomore slump, never looking back..." Prefix Mag


"a master class in the art of the perfect post-rock performance... stunning..."

 Rock Sound


"please forgive my vague descriptions, but Caspian have laid their hands upon me and left the indescribable sensation that I've just heard something rather special, and they've taken a piece of me with them, while leaving a part of themselves with me..." Metal Review


Ok ,ok, ok, now lets check out some of the preorder options available to everyone!!


We've got a few different exclusive preorder bundles to choose from on this one, peeps. Lets start out with the...


T-Shirt / Vinyl Package Deal


This deal offers an exclusive T-shirt design unavailable anywhere else, designed by Nate Shumaker for Northern Lights Industries. You can bundle this shirt together with a copy of the 12" on 180 gram translucent green vinyl or add all three colors! Shirts are printed on Tultex brand black tees with a two color, two location print including our logo on the left sleeve. Gnarly! Snag 'em up and save yourself some gravy boyeee!!


*when the translucent green vinyl runs out, we'll still offer this deal with black vinyl  






Conductor Vinyl Package Deal:


Snag all three available colors of the 180 gram 12" in one click! This deal is very limited since we don't have many of the opaque mint green copies. By choosing this option you will save $2/per LP!





Caspian Catalog Vinyl Package Deal:  


Snag You Are The Conductor on 180 gram translucent green vinyl, as well as the Live At Old South Church 12" on pink/white marble and the Tertia 2xLP on gold vinyl. You been behind on your Caspian collection? Well, get caught up fool!


*when the translucent green vinyl runs out, we'll still offer this deal with black vinyl





Conspian Package Deal: 


In this package deal you can snag the You Are The Conductor 12" on 180 gram translucent green vinyl as well as the newest Constants album Pasiflora on purple vinyl (limited to 100 copies, nearly sold out), and the Caspian/Constants split 7". 






But you don't have to take advantage of the savings and be a shrewd shopper. Here are some stand-alone options for those that don't like DEEEEALS :) 


You can purchase the 12" on translucent green vinyl, opaque mint green vinyl or black vinyl alone as well:








If you're not a vinyl kinda guy or gal, then you can order the CD version HERE or order the album digitally via iTunes HERE, Amazon HERE, or Bandcamp right HERE :) 


Or snag the T-Shirt individually without snagging any tunes, just get the dope threads:




And don't forget to connect with Caspian online: 

facebook logo twitter logo last fm logo youtube logo bandcamp logo



You just thought to yourself... "my god, I've got to see these guys perform live!", didn't you? Well, you're in luck friend, the band will be on tour this fall with Minus The Bear & Cursive:


9/13 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
9/14 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
9/16 Iowa City, IA @ The Blue Moose Tap House
9/17 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue Theatre
9/18 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
9/19 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
9/20 Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
9/21 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
9/23 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
9/25 Washington, DC @ The Fillmore
9/26 Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
9/27 Boston, MA @ Royale Night Club
9/28 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
9/29 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theatre
9/30 Richmond, VA @ The National
10/1 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater


Head over to their website RIGHT HERE and check out all their upcoming tour dates beyond these ones (including a European stint with Thisquietarmy). Also on their website, just below the tour dates, you can download Live At Old South Church for free for a limited time only!! Get 'er duuuuuuuuun gang!


We'll be running a few preorder contests, including a doozy over on Modern Vinyl. Check it out right HERE for a chance to win some free Caspian goods! Such as...
  • First prize - A copy of the record on translucent green vinyl (limited to 100) and a T-shirt.
  • Second prize - A copy of the record on black vinyl (limited to 300).


But tonight we'll be chattin' it up over on our message board RIGHT HERE, so feel free to drop by and say hello! And also, tomorrow at 1pm, be sure to stop by the message board again as Philip Jamieson of Caspian will be popping in to talk to fans of the band about all the action happening in the bands world right now as they gear up for a new release and a huge tour!  


Lastly, we'll be resuming the TEST PRESS ARTWORK CONTEST SERIES with this one. So if you've got the creative itch to design a jacket for a very limited set of test presses (10 hand numbered copies), head over HERE and check out all the details!


I think that should do it for now, please forward this info to anyone you know that likes good music, we appreciate it and depend on word of mouth above all else! If you have any other questions at all, please feel free to hit us up at any time! Lets do this!!


Lindsay & Joel  


p.s. we expect these to ship in September :)


And most importantly...


Happiest of Birthdays to the one and only Jason Sykes!!
May you and Pirate Ship Records flourish for years to come <3