Since 2015, local radio institution and chili competition curator WMSE has helped spread the good will and wonder of Record Store Day with a limited-edition release of a 7-inch from a Milwaukee (or Milwaukee-related) artist with national appeal. The inaugural vinyl release was live performance by Field Report. Last year, the station quickly sold all 250 copies of its Sylvan Esso 7-inch. This time around, WMSE will ring in Record Store Day with a two-song release from Milwaukee pop-punk phenoms and Fat Wreck Chords’ own Direct Hit!
Live From WMSE, Direct Hit! will feature two songs, “Paid In Brains” and “Was It The Acid?,” that were recorded, mixed, and engineered by station engineer Billy Cicerelli at WMSE studios on June 21, 2016 during the band’s Local/Live appearance. Both songs were originally released on Direct Hit!’s 2016 Fat Wreck debut, Wasted Mind.
“We are absolutely over the moon to have Direct Hit! be our third RSD release. It allows us once again to show our support of the local music scene and it shows their support of us,” says WMSE general manager Tom Crawford in the press release. “We are tooting our own horn as we show the world what it means to support local and be entrenched in such a diverse and dynamic music scene as Milwaukee.”
Copies of Live From WMSE, Direct Hit! will be available at various local record stores on April 22. Direct Hit! will also have a small amount for sale—in addition to the newly-reissued Domesplitter—during the band’s two Cactus Club shows that day. The early show is all-ages, with The Living Statues and Midwives playing in support. The second show is 21+ and has Avenues and The Pukes slotted in support. As you gear up for Record Store Day, stream a song from Live From WMSE, Direct Hit! now.