Detail: Ghastly City Sleep “Moondrifts” 2xLP : first pressing
Oct 29 2010
This one is such a doozy… Took almost a year from recording to the point where it went into production on the plant end. It wasn’t for procrastination or laziness though. It was simply THAT intense of a process. Every song was so carefully layered and crafted. Every image featured in the layout was hand-rendered over many months across various media. I’ve seen the original paintings that band member Brandon Evans did specifically for this release and can honestly say that I’ve never worked on any other release that involved so many man hours and meticulous attention to detail (save for perhaps some of the illustrations Horkey has done over the years).
In true GHASTLY CITY SLEEP fashion, the first pressing of this release is more than a little bizarre. You’ll notice that there is a “test press” version up top. There’s 50 sets like this. They were originally run for a brief tour the band did along Mid-Atlantic this past summer. Naturally, in GCS tradition, they didn’t get here in time for that. So they ended up being used for the full US tour kickoff show in Brooklyn last month and mailorder customers. I’ve got 3 sets left in the webstore if you’re interested. Act quick though…
Then there’s the gray/purple and purple/purple copies. Where to start… Well, basically, the label printer ran the text plate as straight CYAN instead of PMS 877 metallic silver. Then, to add insult to injury, the pressing plant applied side A labels to side C and side B labels to side D. And vice versa… Let’s not even mention that the labels say 45 RPM, yet the lacquer place cut everything at 33 RPM. Impressive…
Anyway, the plant ended up taking responsibility for the label mixup, so there’s another pressing coming in to replace these. In other words, if you’re all about first pressings, rarities, variants, or whatever (you dork), now is the time to snatch these up. They’ll be getting phased out in favor of correct copies very shortly and we’ll likely trash the balance of “error” copies left over.
Aside from the center label issue, everything else is absolutely perfect. The jams are as they should be and the cover itself is a work of art in and of itself. Matte flood base hit with spot UV gloss (giving the whole piece a tactile texture) and metallic bronze inks. It’s quite an accomplishment… Pick up copies in the webstore.