Ben Anderson releases ‘Goodbye Serenity’ music video

Ben Anderson releases ‘Goodbye Serenity’ music video

Check out the latest and final chapter of the YouTopia music video trilogy.  Ben Anderson’s ‘Goodbye Serenity’ music video takes us to the beginning of the protagonist’s downfall from ‘Clay Pigeon’. FUN FACT:  Three members of the 80/20 Records team are featured in the video!       —Official Press Release— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – ‘Goodbye Serenity’ is the third and final chapter of Ben Anderson’s YouTopia music video trilogy.  We visit the origin of the protagonist’s intense downfall in ‘Clay Pigeon’, where a dystopian society bent on conforming their population to a uniform identity destroys his dreams of becoming a musician. Visually inspired from classic sci-fi films such as ‘Brazil’, ‘1984’, and ‘THX 1138’.  Directed by Cory Davis of Yellowbox Films, ’Goodbye Serenity’ takes you on a surreal journey from the classroom to the assembly line, with larger than life authoritarian guards, and the personification of ‘entropy’.   Goodbye Serenity, the single off of YouTopia EP, is a joyous smorgasbord of rhythms à la The Cure with catchy synth riffs, post punk guitars, and a chorus that’s hard to forget. Indie Blues/Soul artist Ben Anderson writes and performs with balance as his mantra. He is compared to artists such as John Mayer, Sam Smith, and Jack Johnson. Born in Phoenix, AZ, he started songwriting at the age 14 when he picked up his first guitar. After graduating from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, Anderson decided to pursue a career in music.  In 2014, Anderson recorded his first EP, ‘Roosevelt Row’ over at Grand Canyon Records with AZ studio legend Jack Miller under the helm. In the...
First Time ‘AZ Label Fest’

First Time ‘AZ Label Fest’

On Friday, April, 20th, we’re making history with the first ever AZ Label Fest down at Crescent Ballroom. We’re partying it up before Record Store Day hits the valley, and you can come look at all the different independent record labels in town while also jamming out to some amazing music. Featured labels include Chromodyne, Slope Records, Fervor Records, SlyVinyl, 80/20 Records, No Affiliation Records, Dirty Water Records , CACTUS MAN RECORDS, Related Records, President Gator, Moone Records, Dekay Records/Productions, and Onus Records. Artists playing AZ Label Fest: minibosses, Bear Ghost, Mean Motor Scooter, First Or Last, and Moonlight Magic. Doors open at 7 PM*, tickets are $5 pre-sale, and you can buy tickets at Crescent Ballroom, Stinkweeds records, and here.     * = this event is 21 and...
Looking Back On Disruptfest and the EDGE Lounge

Looking Back On Disruptfest and the EDGE Lounge

Over the weekend, Tempe Center for the Arts put on Disruptfest, a showcase for the arts in the Phoenix area. Along with the art exhibits put on inside TCA and the phenomenal play The Bitter Game showing multiple showings, the festival also showcased several different artists throughout the day. While Captain Squeegee and Amy Lynn & The Honeymen headlined Friday and Saturday night respectively, we had the opportunity to put on the EDGE Lounge during the day for many other artists. Friday night saw Steff Koeppen and Good Boy Daisy providing musical entertainment in between performances while Saturday had Ben Anderson and our very own Emily Grieve serenading us all with their songs (and a few covers that really tugged at our heartstrings). Captain Squeegee also had quite the electrifying performance Friday night. The group bedazzled the crowd with their art and personalities, and fans in attendance were also treated to a brand new song! Overall, Disruptfest was a great festival put on by Tempe Center for the Arts to showcase all the different art in the valley. Here are some images of the event down below.  Photos by Tim Trumble...
Captain Squeegee & Civil Youth Play Warped Tour 2018

Captain Squeegee & Civil Youth Play Warped Tour 2018

After 24 years on the road, Van’s Warped Tour is doing one last run across the United States, and Captain Squeegee and Civil Youth are among the many artists announced for the final line-up. They’ll be making history as they take the stage and play alongside Warped Tour Veterans such as Less Than Jake, All Time Low, Four Year Strong, 3OH!3, and Simple Plan. Both bands will we playing on the Full Sail University Stage, and you catch Captain Squeegee in Phoenix, AZ on 6/28 and Civil Youth in Camden, NJ on 7/13. For more dates, the full line-up, and where to buy tickets, you can visit the official website...
Celebrating 10 years

Celebrating 10 years

It’s amazing to think 10 years have already passed!  We’re so fortunate to work with truly amazing people and can’t wait for what’s ahead.  Founder Mike goes in some detail what it’s like to run a company for 10 years which you can check out here. We’ve celebrated the best way, surrounded by friends and family listening and cheering to the artists that make up 80/20 Records.  Here are a few highlights of the event!  (Photos by Frank C Photography and Jason Robey) Thank you all for being a part of our journey.  Here’s to the next 10...
‘How To Land Brand Endorsements’ Panel At NAMM 2018

‘How To Land Brand Endorsements’ Panel At NAMM 2018

The NAMM Show 2018 is just around the corner, and our fearless leader Mike Zimmerlich is on one of the featured panels! Along with Emiko Carlin from Hammond Organ USA, Gabe Kubanda from Epic Proportions Tour, Chandra Lynn from Glow Marketing, and Mike Ramsey from Musicians Institute, these esteemed individuals will be hosting the How To Land Brand Endorsements panel, and they will be there to give you all of the tips and tricks you need to land the endorsement of dreams. The panel starts at 3 PM, so if you’re out at NAMM, make sure you stop by and listen to all of the great things these people have to share....
‘Harmony Cure’ Album Release Show

‘Harmony Cure’ Album Release Show

On Friday, December 7th, Captain Squeegee took the stage at Cresent Ballroom to celebrate the release of their highly-anticipated EP Harmony Cure. Instructions, Twin Ponies, and The Stakes started the night off with some amazing sets while Captain Squeegee closed the night by transporting us all to another world with their high-energy performance. Take a look at some of the highlights below, and you can now stream Harmony Cure on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, and more. (Photos By Jason...
‘Harmony Cure’ Beer Release

‘Harmony Cure’ Beer Release

In support of their upcoming EP release for Harmony Cure, Captain Squeegee has partnered with SunUp Brewing Co. and Cornish Pasty Co. to bring you the specially-crafted Unfiltered Red IPA Harmony Cure Brew! Starting Nov. 17, the specialty brew will be available at all Cornish Pasty Locations, but you gotta hurry before it’s gone! To kick off this momentous occasion, and the official tapping of this amazing brew, Captain Squeegee will be doing a special performance at the Phoenix Cornish Pasty location on Nov. 17 at 5:30 PM. Special, custom-made beer glasses will be available for purchase as well that night, so make sure you come out and celebrate with us! This is definitely a night you won’t want to miss; after all, what’s better than Captain Squeegee and a glass of...
Ben Anderson Releases Sophomore EP ‘YouTopia’

Ben Anderson Releases Sophomore EP ‘YouTopia’

Ben Anderson releases his sophomore EP ‘YouTopia’ through our good friends at Chromodyne.  If you haven’t checked out the first two singles you can check out their music videos here and here.  ‘YouTopia’ is now available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, and more!  Press release below.     —Press Release— Ben Anderson to Release Sophomore EP YouTopia TO BE RELEASED ON NOVEMBER 14TH – Singer-songwriter Ben Anderson is thrilled to release his second EP YouTopia on Chromodyne.  YouTopia is a concept EP about the dystopia within one’s self and how it manifests conflict in today’s society. Like his previous studio effort Where the Lights Go?, Anderson continues on the path of being a genre bending crooner, blending rock, soul, and electronic music. Three songs off the EP have been released as singles with accompanying music videos.  The videos all follow the same plot, telling the story of a man who is forced to conform in the corporate world, just to reject the system and descend into madness. The album was recorded at Electric Lotus Music and produced by studio owner Olivier Zahm.  Zahm is also the owner of Anderson’s record label Chromodyne. Inspired by eclectic singer-songwriters like David Bowie, Frank Ocean, and Stevie Wonder; Ben Anderson writes and performs his music using balance as his mantra. Songwriters like Bowie are powerful storytellers that create art with the appropriate combination of structure and freeform. They may venture into other genres of music, but they still manage to sound like themselves. In 2016, Anderson released his debut EP Where the Lights Go? to critical acclaim. It made the Phoenix New Times’ end-of-the-year...
Captain Squeegee Releases ‘Our Children’ Music Video

Captain Squeegee Releases ‘Our Children’ Music Video

Captain Squeegee releases the music video ‘Our Children’ for their upcoming EP ‘Harmony Cure’.  With a squad of child actors, slime, alien go-go dancers, and a Delorean this is by far the wildest and ambitious music video yet!  Press release below.   —-Press Release— Phoenix, AZ (November 14th, 2017) – Our Children is the first release from Captain Squeegee’s new EP, ‘Harmony Cure’. The music video is a cross between 90’s throwback ‘hip-hop’ videos, future-raves, and birthday parties featuring alien go-go dancers, a squad of child actors, skaters, and a DeLorean. Squeegee has once again achieved extreme psychedelic visuals to accompany their funk blend of indie prog-rock and five-piece horn section. Everything from glow paint and piñatas to pyramids, projections, and a whole lot of slime.  Inspired by the lyrics of the song, the video captures the positive yet uneasy message of passing on a twisted and turmoiled world to a future generation. This project is the collaboration between Cory Davis of YellowBox Films and Captain Squeegee lead singer Danny Torgersen. ABOUT CAPTAIN SQUEEGEE: The enigmatic Captain Squeegee has landed, brazenly pushing the boundaries of indie rock with their eccentric show and style.  Referenced to bands such as RX Bandits and Thank You Scientist, Captain Squeegee has dramatically expanded their sound resulting in “a heady brand of neo-psychedelic prog… [like] a van full of jazz performance majors raised on ska would play it” (Ed Masley, AZCentral). Their horn-driven instrumentation, metaphysical lyrics, and intense multi-media performances, has hailed them “one of the toughest acts in town to follow” and “prepared to headline Coachella, tomorrow” (Jeff Moses, Modern Times Mag). With...