Here at Tape Swap Radio, we love when some of our favorite Lehigh Valley bands and artists collaborate to make new music. One of our recent favorites is Small Mess--the Bethlehem indie rock outfit that sees singer-songwriter Becca Maye teaming up with other established Valley musicians in the DIY scene. Becca is no stranger to Tape Swap, having performed on our stage at Allentown ArtsFest in 2015 and 2016 as a solo artist. Joining Becca are Mitch (guitar) and Jordan (drums) from Broski and Jared (bass) from FAKE CULT, both of which recorded Shards Sessions of their own in 2014.

The results are Becca's personal, and sometimes heart-breaking lyrics, set to bouncy, energetic post-punk. The band's versatility shows on songs like "More Than Miles" which build slowly, knowing when to let the spotlight shine on Becca and when to unleash the whole band's wall of sound. Small Mess  had their first release in April 2017, a digital self-titled EP. Later this year, they teamed up with Square of Opposition Records to release a limited run of 20 5" lathe cut single records featuring "Out the Window" and "Fourth of July." Small Mess joined us at Shards in May 2017.


SHOW #45

---------PART ONE---------
Small Mess: An Introduction (0:37)
Chris Rejec: Before Square of Opposition Records (2:13)
The Insurgent - Murdock and Electric (6:41)
Chris Rejec: Sticking with Square of Opposition for 16 Years (9:11)
Chris Rejec: The Business Side of Square of Opposition (12:06)
Spraynard - Airports and Prank Calls (14:36)

---------PART TWO---------
Small Mess - Out the Window (18:07)
Small Mess - Another Hit (20:40)
Small Mess: Becca Moving from a Solo Performer to a Full Band (23:38)
Small Mess: Mitch, Jordan, and Jared on Playing in Small Mess (24:30)
Small Mess: Origin of the Name 'Small Mess' (25:43)
Small Mess: Becca's Songwriting Topics (26:49)
Small Mess - Untitled (27:29)
Small Mess - More Than Miles (29:34)
Small Mess: Experience Playing Live (34:23)
Small Mess: Impression of the Lehigh Valley Music Scene in 2017 (35:30)
Small Mess: Becca's Work with Lehigh Valley Girls Rock (36:11)
Small Mess: Becca on Women in Music (36:49)
BAND PICK: Georgia Foreman - I'll Figure It Out (37:28)

---------PART THREE---------
Chris Rejec: Working with Secret Art Space (41:54)
Chris Rejec: Did He Have a Plan? (44:10)
Yo Man Go! - Life Lessons (45:20)
Chris Rejec: His Stand-Out Moments of the Last 16 Years (48:56)
Snowing - Big Weed (51:03)

Square of Opposition Records:
www.squareofopposition.com/

Small Mess:
smallmess.bandcamp.com/

Georgia Foreman (Band Pick):
georgiaforeman.bandcamp.com/


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