Soul Control

Being a part of the extended “Verse family”, Soul Control was a natural addition to Rivalry.  Our label was always about creating a sense of community and working together to support each other, so Soul Control was the next step in that progression as it became clear that some of the other Rivalry bands were winding down.

Soul Control – “Demo”Original demo

Soul Control – “s/t” 7″Rivalry #25.  The layout was obviously patterned after the original demo.  Being a part of the extended “Verse family”, Soul Control was a natural addition to Rivalry.  Our label was always about creating a sense of community and working together to support each other, so Soul Control was the next step in that progression as it became clear that some of the other Rivalry bands were winding down.

The test pressing covers turned out cooler than the real cover!  I threw the cover layout together based on the original demo layout.  Then Zach made this test pressing cover, which was a hundred times cooler than anything that I’m capable of doing.  I’m an idiot – I should have just waited for him to do a better layout! haha.

I found a couple of copies on green vinyl that had some black swirl.

The “II” on the b-side label of the 2nd pressing.

I put together this cover for Sound And Fury Fest 2007, which was held in Ventura, CA.  California vs. Rhode Island, in the same configuration as the regular cover.

The back of the Sound And Fury cover.

Layout

Soul Control – “Involution” LPRivalry #27

Test pressing

I dig the way the swirled vinyl matches the paintings used in the layout.  The two copies on the bottom are definitely different pressings – yellow/red swirl was the pre-order edition, orange/red swirl was the This Is Hardcore Fest pressing. I wanted to keep the difference subtle and maintain the theme of matching the paintings in the layout.

“II” on the b-side of the 2nd pressing labels.

I love the layout for this album.  Jim had his friend do 2 original paintings.  One is the “faces” painting on the cover, one is an abstract red-ish colored painting. 

Zach did an amazing job working the red-ish painting into the entire layout, mixing live photos and text that looks as if it was an actual canvas texture.  This live photo and text faded into the painting on the back looks especially cool.

The promo poster. Another excellent creation by Mr. Zach Harlan, using the original paintings provided by the band.

Soul Control / I Rise – “Split” 7″A split with Soul Control’s brothers from the northeast, I Rise.  Released by a friend of the band on Eightfold Path Records.  Blue vinyl with hand-decorated labels was a friend’s pressing.  There was also clear and black vinyl.

Clear vinyl

“Maze” tour pressing.  I think most covers were red and black, but the band made a few blue and black covers for friends.

Another tour cover.  I Rise sold the green covers.

Soul Control sold the pink covers.

Layout

Soul Control – “Fundamental Forces” 7″Soul Control did a series of four 7″ singles, each on a different startup label.  This was one of them.  I actually don’t have copies of the other 3 releases.

Yellow vinyl

Black vinyl

The layout.  There is nothing printed on the inside.

Soul Control – “Cycles” LPReleased on Bridge 9 Records.  There were definitely other colors pressed.

The layout features another cool original painting.  I love how they do this for their releases.  I really wish more bands would mesh original artwork with their music, instead of only using live photos or stock photography.

The inside of the gatefold jacket.  Another cool abstract painting.

Soul Control – “Silent Reality” 7″ SingleThis was the 7″ single released a month or two before the “Cycles” LP.  More painting!  I dig the gold-ish vinyl too.  There were other vinyl colors too.

Soul Control @ Rivalry Showcase 2008


Soul Control @ Rivalry Showcase 2008. Click above to watch, or watch on Vimeo for a larger version.

My Soul Control collection, at its peak…

  • Soul Control – Demo
  • Soul Control – s/t (TEST PRESS, #1/20)
  • Soul Control – s/t (BLACK, Record Release May 2007, out of 105)
  • Soul Control – s/t (GREEN/YELLOW SWIRL, out of 210)
  • Soul Control – s/t (GREEN, out of 720)
  • Soul Control – s/t (GREEN, with a few black streaks, out of 720)
  • Soul Control – s/t (GREEN/YELLOW SPLIT, 2nd press, Summer Tour 2007, out of 218)
  • Soul Control – s/t (GREEN, 2nd press, Sound and Fury “Cali/RI” cover, #1/110)
  • Soul Control – s/t (GREEN, 2nd press, w/”II” b-side label, out of 710)
  • Soul Control – Fundamental Forces (ORANGE)
  • Soul Control – Fundamental Forces (YELLOW)
  • Soul Control – Fundamental Forces (BLACK)
  • Soul Control – Silent Reality (BROWN)
  • Soul Control / I Rise – Split (BLUE, Friends press, #36/100)
  • Soul Control / I Rise – Split (RED)
  • Soul Control / I Rise – Split (CLEAR)
  • Soul Control / I Rise – Split (BLACK, BLUE MAZE cover)
  • Soul Control / I Rise – Split (BLACK, GREEN tour cover)
  • Soul Control / I Rise – Split (BLACK, PINK tour cover)
  • Soul Control – Involution (TEST PRESS, #1/20)
  • Soul Control – Involution (BLACK, Record Release, out of 100)
  • Soul Control – Involution (YELLOW/RED swirl, out of 200)
  • Soul Control – Involution (ORANGE/RED swirl, out of 200)
  • Soul Control – Involution (RED, out of 600)
  • Soul Control – Involution (YELLOW/ORANGE swirl, 2nd press, out of 250)
  • Soul Control – Involution (RED, 2nd press, w/”II” on b-side label, out of 750)
  • Soul Control – Cycles (WHITE, out of 200)

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