Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Modern Life Is War - s/t 7" : The one version you will never get

An open letter to all Modern Life Is War 7" collectors.

I'm sorry.

I know how hard it has been to collect this 7". Between the original pressing self released by the band to the endless number of represses on Lifeline, you've had your work cut out for you. You've collected tour presses, farewell show presses, even a lottery press. It has been a chore. You have spent years building your collection to get it to a point where you feel good about finishing it off. Maybe you were even able to get one of the super rare red mix copies off Kyle Whitlow a while back when he was selling his off.

Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it just got a little harder. Sorry.

What we have here is a special version of the s/t 7" pressed for original MLIW bassist Chris Honeck's wedding. Yeah.

My buddy Shaun sent me this sucker in the mail last week. Needless to say I was surprised. Shaun has been friends with the band and Big Joe for years. He roadied for them for many tours, stayed with Jeff Eaton's family for Thanksgiving one year and made a special trip out to see the band for their final show a few years ago. Shaun has stayed in touch with Joe and some guys in the band ever since.
The letter that accompanied the record that Shaun wrote laid out some back story on the record.

Like I was saying, the record was put together by Big Joe from Lifeline Records for Chris's wedding. It comes with a cool obi strip as a wedding announcement type thing.

Vinyl comes on a solid aqua green color. This is a completely different color than the clear green from the Euro tour pressing in case you were wondering.

Shaun is pretty sure that there were only 4 or 5 pressed. I saw on the internet there might be 40. Either way, not many.
Shaun got one as a wedding gift for his own wedding last year and one was personalized to me as I was a groomsman in Shaun's wedding.

The dust sleeve is stamped with some more wedding stuff. It's a nice touch.
Finally, it comes with a variation on the lyric sheet/insert. The front is a picture of the happy couple when they got engaged. The back side is the standard lyric sheet used in all the pressings.

To tell you the truth, I feel a little weird owning this. I have never met Chris or his wife, or even Big Joe. Then again, what the hell. It was personalized to me so - all good!