Chris Stamey and Mitch Easter, icons of indie pop, first began to explore recording techniques in Winston-Salem, NC, during their youth. In 1976, Chris and his band, Sneakers (including drummer Will Rigby, with appearances from Easter), released a EP on Stamey’s own Carnivorous Records (later to morph into Car Records and release Chris Bell’s “I Am the Cosmos”). The sessions were engineered by Don Dixon, who would eventually produce bands such as R.E.M. (with Easter) and The Smithereens. Stamey & Rigby would go on to form The dB’s and Easter would reappear in Let’s Active. The Sneakers EP—one of just a handful of self-released records that created the template for the modern indie avalanche—remains vital in not only independent record history, but music in general.
Omnivore Recordings is proud to reissue this seminal 7″ EP as an expanded 10″, clear-vinyl EP for Record Store Day Black Friday. Sneakers’ original six tracks are joined by three more tracks, including a previously unissued cover of The Grass Roots’ “Let’s Live For Today.”
Housed in a sleeve that replicates the first issue, this pressing includes a download card for the entire program.Sneakers’ 1,500 units will not only give people the opportunity to experience this genesis of jangle pop, but finally own a classic, as originals are sought-after collectables.
Fans of the ’80s indie scene will be beyond happy to add this historic piece to their collection, and to experience the birth of the music they love. Whether to run to the record store or just to dance, everyone needs Sneakers.