As well as releasing some of the finest rock, punk, heavy metal, and psych music around, the Tee Pee Records Annex is an ambitious archival project from New York’s legendary underground label.
“The Annex is a home for releases we think are exceptional but sit slightly outside our usual mission for the label,” explains founder, Kenny Sehgal. “This could mean artists or bands that don’t tour or play live; it could be digital-only releases, co-releases with other labels, side projects, lost classics, local NYC bands and self-releases. In short, awesome odds ‘n’ sods.”
To date, the project has worked with the likes of Nick Saloman, Simeon Coxe, Osgood Slaughter, Mos Generator and many more and continues this month with the official digital release of not one, but two albums by cult British power-trio, Alchemysts.
Formed in Southwest England in 1990 by Bridgwater-based guitarist Paul Simmons, bassist Jon Guard and drummer, Mat Love, Alchemysts are a cruelly overlooked yet towering hard psych triumvirate, carved from the Oaks of Avalon.
“Creativity is a wonderful thing,” explains Love, when asked about his time with the band. “To create something out of thin air, be that art, literature, or music is a real gift and something that is vital for the soul. We’re extremely happy that with the help of Tee Pee Records and the wonderful Bevis Frond, we’re finally able to get revive these records for release on digital platforms.”
Originally issued on Behemoth Records in 1996, One Eyed Again collects material from their 1991-93 period and is perhaps best remembered for the monumental 11-minute, magnum opus, ‘Stoned in Jerusalem’. Where, Over and Out – released in 1998 on Australian label, Camera Obscura – is out-and-out hard rock, marauding wildly amidst unmistakable moments of madcap laughter.
Both One Eyed Again and Over and Out will be released digitally on 25th June via Tee Pee Records.