Hamell on Trial, the musical alias of New York-based poet and folk punk hero Ed Hamell, is set to release Choochtown (20th Anniversary Edition) on July 19th via New West Records. The deluxe edition of the album has been remastered from the original tapes and will be available on vinyl for the first time. Choochtown (20th Anniversary Edition) features 11 previously unreleased bonus tracks including the original basement recording sessions produced by Billy Nicgorski (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) which offer a raw, new perspective of the songs that made the final record. Uncut Magazine in the UK named Choochtown their #6 “Best Album of the Year,” stating “This album’s rough-edged enough to make Limp Bizkit sound like the Cocteau Twins.”
Of Choochtown (20th Anniversary Edition), Hamell offers, “20 Years! Wonderful to know that Choochtown still holds up, continues to roam the streets at midnight, spray painting slogans of rebellion on corporate storefronts. Really proud of this beautiful package New West is releasing for the 20th anniversary – and I certainly called it with Uncle Morris huh? For those of you that champion the disenfranchised, the square pegs in the round holes, those gazing from the shores of sanity and witnessing the tides of hatred and facism slithering closer to the sands, Bobby, Chooch, Nancy and all the gang down in Choochtown that refuse to be blown to the dusts of oblivion want to buy you a drink. They welcome you…and on shocking pink vinyl no less!”
Glide is thrilled to premiere both the remastered, studio version of “Bobby Comes Down” as well as the previously unheard bonus track “Bobby Comes Down (Nicgorski Basement Outtakes). Hamell on Trial mixes a punk-folk ethos along with sing-along lyrics into a voice for the majority of the anti-status quo. With loose-limbed musicianship maneuvering along with a righteous fury, Hamell on Trial remains one of rock’s most underrated DIY voices.
Choochtown (20th Anniversary Edition) will be available on compact disc, across digital retailers, and Pink Vinyl. It is available for pre-order now via New West Records.