Finally, there is something moving in the world of Screw up. Extremely influential metalcore / mathcore band just signed with Sargent House, and in doing so, they ultimately put their catalog on streaming services (and Bandcamp) – where it has long been absent – with vinyl reissues coming in 2022. This includes their two studio albums (1998 American nervous and 1999 We are the Romans), their 2002 EP An anthology of dead ends, their post-break live album 061502, and their 1997 compilation The unifying themes of sex, death and religion, which included material from their first two EPs. Listen below.
The group says:
We are continually humbled by the continued interest in our group despite the fact that we have been apart for almost two decades. With the folding of Hydra Head Records in 2020, we were faced with the dilemma of how to keep the catalog available for both new and longtime fans. We were fortunate to have the support of Sargent House, who help preserve Botch’s legacy by administering the digital catalog, maintaining the group’s photo and prop archives, and putting our records in the lineup. ridiculously long waits for vinyl pressing factories. We are happy to be part of the Sargent House family, excited to find our music online and looking forward to some exciting things in 2022.
No word yet on what these “exciting things in 2022” are, but fingers crossed for a reunion!
Update: bassist Brian Cook said, “Hi folks. You may have seen the news that Sargent House is bringing back the Botch Catalog. We’re very happy. But to clear up any confusion, we’re not getting together.” (We can still dream, right?)
Botch originally existed between 1993 and 2002, and since their split, the members have continued to star in Minus the Bear, Russian Circles, These Arms Are Snakes, Narrows, Roy and SUMAC. Brian Cook recently released his first solo album under the name Torment & Glory on Sargent House. Minus the Bear has a live album from their 2018 farewell tour which will arrive later this month.