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Each phase of the series has 15 bands, and now the
Phase 2 LP is here! As with Phase 1, Phase 2 has a wide
variety of great pop punk bands from all over the world, and even
a few surprise tracks from 90s bands that we were very happy
to include like Sonic Dolls, Scooby Don't and The Chubbies.
A quarter-century after it was recorded, Something To Do Records will release a 12-inch vinyl record by the band Ed Banky's Car, titled "Meanwhile in Grand Prairie, Texas." The 12 songs, originally recorded in 1996, have been remixed by premiere punk rock engineer/producer, Davi Pacote at Hill Valley Studio.
Ed Banky's Car was a mid-1990s punk rock band from the suburbs of Dallas formed in 1995 by two brothers, Matt and Bobby Riggle. The band was known for energetic live shows, often in public parks, and distinctive cartoons on their albums and flyers, drawn by Bobby Riggle. The band ended in 1997 after Bobby's death, from an unknown cause, at age 20. Matt Riggle went on to play in the band 41 Gorgeous Blocks.
Alongside the album release is the publication of a book titled, "Meanwhile in Grand Prairie, Texas: An Oral History of Punk, Art & Grief in Mid-'90s Suburbia," which contains the artwork of Bobby Riggle and a chronicle of the band.
“Ed Banky’s Car and Bobby Riggle’s cartoons are a complete package. A time capsule of frenzied emotional adolescence and uncompromised promise. The entire world needs to experience it.”
- Benjamin Hall (comic book artist & illustrator)
“Nowadays we all read books and oral histories of, say, Black Flag and how they set the stage for so many bands. But that's how we felt about this band. Ed Banky’s Car really did set everything in motion.”
- Chris Spurrier (Fido’s Revenge)
“This was when local bands would rent out a community center or hijack electricity at a city park pavilion to play to other teenagers. Ed Banky’s Car always seemed to be one step ahead. They had some sort of magic finger-on-the-pulse thing going on that gave their music a unique edge.”
- Chad Huffman (Wonder Wagon, The Wallys)
“It was almost like a comedy act. My sides would hurt from laughing, then they’d bust into a song and I’m dancing my ass off in a circle pit. I had never seen anything like it before and haven’t since.”
- Mandy Britt (friend)
In 1997, Ed Banky's Car released their only 7" EP, titled "I Don't even Like Coffee". Despite the fact that we like coffee a lot, we're still stoked that they recently found a box of 100 copies. The six songs have now been remastered by Josh Roman, and these last copies will include a digital download of the remastered files.
The classic 1997 After School Special 'Wrong' EP on Mutant Pop Records is back, temporarily. The last 152 copies were recently discovered in the depths of the Shoe Hutch basement, and these copies have brand new sleeve artwork, including an updated write up by Mutant Pop head honcho T. Chandler. Once these copies are gone, there won't be anymore, so I'd grab one while you can."
The Koopas, originally from Sisbee Texas, were a short lived pop punk band,
active from 1999 - 2002, They cranked out 27 killer songs in those three years, all of which were originally scattered over various projects. However, Moms Basement Records has partnered with Something To Do Records and
remastered all 27 songs and finally released them properly on a limited