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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    (Additional artwork for this release by Alfred. coming soon!)

    Digital download of Live included with each lathe cut purchase, as well as:

    *Download code of SJP's EP Carry Me to My Grave, which is the companion album to this one.

    *2 different Spartan Jet-Plex stickers, including one designed by Alfred.

    *2 different Spartan Jet-Plex pins

    *The Future Is Queer Gr Cool Cat sticker by Alfred.

    *Handwritten thank you note

    *a couple surprise stickers & pins from Grimalkin Records

    Bonus Items included with both digital & lathe cut purchase:

    *jpeg files of promotional pictures and artwork, including alternative artwork, Live film poster by Elizabeth Owens, digital collages and special Carsley cover art by Rafael de Toledo Pedroso, as well as a PDF of a lyrics and picture booklet in addition to a very special surprise.

    All proceeds from the sale of this release go to our label and mutual aid fund.
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  • Cassette + Digital Album

    hand-dubbed with love <3

    (Additional artwork for this release by Alfred. coming soon!)

    Digital download of Live included with each cassette purchase, as well as:

    *2 different Spartan Jet-Plex stickers

    *2 different Spartan Jet-Plex pins

    *The Future Is Queer Gr Cool Cat sticker by Alfred.

    *Handwritten thank you note

    *a couple surprise stickers & pins from Grimalkin Records

    Bonus Items included with both digital & cassette purchase:

    *jpeg files of promotional pictures and artwork, including alternative artwork, Live film poster by Elizabeth Owens, digital collages and special Carsley cover art by Rafael de Toledo Pedroso, as well as a PDF of a lyrics and picture booklet in addition to a very special surprise.

    All proceeds from the sale of this release goes to our label and muual aid fund.
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    Includes unlimited streaming of Live via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • hand-dubbed with handmade VHS sleeves
    Made with love <3

    Digital download of Live included with each VHS tape purchase, as well as:

    *digital download code for Spartan Jet-Plex's EP, Carry Me to My Grave

    *special SJP sticker by Alfred

    *2 different Spartan Jet-Plex stickers

    *2 different Spartan Jet-Plex pins

    *Handwritten thank you note

    *a couple surprise stickers & pins from Grimalkin Records

    Bonus Items included with both digital & lathe cut purchase:

    *jpeg files of additional cover artwork by Kells and digital paintings created from the videos for Shipwreck and Sun/Moon by Rafael de Toledo Pedroso.

    All proceeds from the sale of this release fund physical releases of other artists on Grimalkin Records.
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  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    Digital download includes jpeg files of promotional pictures and artwork, including alternative artwork, Live film poster, digital collages and special Carsley cover art by Rafael de Toledo Pedroso, as well as a PDF of lyrics and a very special surprise.
    All proceeds from the sale of this release go to our label and mutual aid fund.
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1.
everything that I have done and I have seen it comes to me And everything that isn't true and isn't real I set it free you are a dream in this world what do we mean in this world and everything that ever breathed and ever bled are things I see and everything that grew on earth and walked on earth can never be you are a dream in this world what do we mean in this world and everything I haven't shown and do not know it leaves me be and all of this I haven't said, breaking of bread it leaves from me you are a dream in this world what do we mean in this world
2.
I live in the sky and you live on the ground and we just can't seem to be even if it feels like destiny it feels like it ought to be I take in too much and you let it all go and we just can't seem to be even though it it feels like destiny it feels like it shouldn't be I've said too much and you can't feel my touch and we just can't seem to be even if it feels like destiny everything feels like it ought to be I can't be around and you can't feel my sound and we just can't seem to see even if it feels like destiny it feels like it ought to be
3.
Virginia 01:46 video
4.
Forks 02:35 video
I don't know which way to go the fork's got so many spokes I'm riding on that wave that bends this ride's my trip to thoughts I send I know myself like the side of the road that drifts on offerings of winds that bleed and mend I don;t know so many things use time to breathe my recompense I'm sucking all that info in it fills in gaps inside my fence I know myself like the side of the road that drifts on offerings of winds that bleed and mend you'll fly no matter how hard you try you'll wonder with thunder I'll be following the storm getting soaked out in the rain
5.
NB 03:47 video
please try to see me see me as I am without your standards holding me down we have always been bleeding through the lies and guidelines you'd have us do I was lost for all these years I played your game and felt all your fears you put me in a cage I slept inside it with all my rage I was lost but now I'm found you can find me in this sound please try to see us see us as we are without your standards holding us down I have always been bleeding through the lies and guidelines you'd have me do we were lost for all these years we played your game and felt all your fears you put us in a cage we slept inside it with all our rage we were lost but now we're found you can find us in our sound
6.
I'm home and you're awake my heart, it cannot break I lost all of my parts my brain fell into dark my thoughts carry me away I'm hard, I'll never break your heart is never fake our souls will never wake
7.
Circle 04:40 video
she rides on waves inside my mind moves my memories to the bone hold onto thoughts that she can find follow me as I have grown we circle through this life with pasts behind in joy and strife we circle onto death after this life in heart and mind in joy and strife I feel her move inside my mind her trauma in my bones let go of thoughts only we can find move us forward as we have grown we circle through this life with pasts behind in joy and strife we circle onto death after this life in heart and mind in joy and strife she rode the wave of discontent her past bleeding in my bones her thoughts are dreams that I can find follow me as I have grown we circle through this life with pasts behind in joy and strife we circle onto death after this life in heart and mind in joy and strife she whispers hope inside my mind her faith bleeding in my bones these thoughts are only mine to find they swell as I have grown we circle through this life with pasts behind in joy and strife we circle onto death after this life in heart and mind in joy and strife
8.
Material 05:14 video
I can't run a million miles lost all sense of my smile I lay down in this ditch caught in this brain switch I love enemies in disguise help me break this useless guise I fall down in this ditch caught in reality's glitch material I love you when we said goodbye to say it now would be a lie I climb out of this ditch running laps around this pitch I can breathe a million sighs there's nothing left of our ties found my way out of this ditch still caught in reality's glitch material
9.
oh me, oh my I'm gonna die this is my day I have it made oh me, oh my I'm gonna try to find my way I'm not afraid oh me, oh my as winds go by hear what I say this sorrow will fade oh me, oh my see past the lies lost in the fray cuts like a blade oh me, oh my we're gonna die this is our day we have it made

about

September 13, 2020: Spartan Jet-Plex aka Nancy Grim Kells (they/them) is a founding member of Gr and lives in rural Virginia a little over an hour south of Richmond. Live releases on the 10th anniversary of the death of Kells' mom and the song Circle is specifically about her.

This past summer also marks the 12th anniversary of Kells living in rural Virginia, which to Kells "is like a strange backwards mirror to the 12 years previously when I was living in Los Angeles. Most people move to LA to find themselves or find something. I moved there to experience life differently, but it wasn't until I left Los Angels and moved here that I found my queer family and felt part of a music community." Although writing and recording music for over 20 years, it was not until 2019 that Kells started playing shows as Spartan Jet-Plex. Kells goes deep in this interview with The All Scene Eye on how playing their music out and honing their mastering skills by remastering older albums has reshaped and helped them reimagine their music in new ways.
theallsceneeye.com/2020/04/08/spartan-jet-plex-on-remastering-reimagining-and-growing-at-their-own-pace/

On playing out and their new album, Kells explains, "I specifically started with just guitar and vocals knowing I would want to add in other things later once I felt comfortable and happy with my ability to play a set live. It's difficult to capture what I do on records in a live setting so I decided just to do stripped down versions and work on mastering that. I doubt I ever will, but I played out quite frequently and I was getting better, more confident and less nervous, although I doubt I will ever not feel nervous playing live. After playing out a while, I imagined making transition pieces that I could play between songs. I do this a lot on my albums and on several past album tracks. From there, I decided to create an album that would sound like I am hoping my live sets will be like once playing out is a thing again. It was on my mind quite a bit, and after the pandemic began and I was laid off, I finally decided that this was a good opportunity to work on this idea. When I play live again, the transition pieces I created on this album will be played between songs." 

This release also contains a secret album of field recordings that Kells has been collecting since moving to Virginia in 2008. It will be available to those who purchase and download Live. Lastly, Kells created a film version of Live with collaborator and Gr member, Rafael de Toledo Pedroso, and their partner Pedro Pedrosa. They used footage of Kells' yard, home and cats juxtaposed with footage of life in Rafael's and Pedro's towns in Paraná and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Rafa also did all the editing and effects for the film. Kells plans to use a version of this film as a backdrop for their live sets in the future. The songs from Live are also available as individual music videos.

There's a dual meaning in the title Live. Although Kells is once again reflecting on the struggles and meanings in life and death this album also celebrates life and living and how Virginia has truly TRANSformed their life in various ways for the better. Through this living also came Grimalkin, which was born from their love of teaching, facilitating, grassroots organizing, mutual aid, community, found family, advocacy, and music.

Proceeds from this album go to Gr's label and mutual aid fund.

credits

released September 13, 2020

All music was written, produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Nancy Grim Kells in their living room .

Album collage artwork, Live poster, and graphic design by Elizabeth Owens (they/them).

Additional artwork for stickers and pins by Alfred. (they/them).

Digital still collages for each track and special Carsley cover art by Rafael de Toledo Pedroso (they/them, he/him).

Proceeds from this album go to Gr's label and mutual aid fund.

Huge thanks to Taylor and The All Scene Eye for premiering this album: theallsceneeye.com/2020/09/12/premiere-on-a-new-visual-album-spartan-jet-plex-isnt-just-surviving/

Huge thanks to Mekenna and Slug Mag for covering this release: www.slugmag.com/music/reviews-music/national-music-reviews/spartan-jet-plex-live/

Huge thanks to Lloyd and God Is In the TV for premiering the song and video Dreambreak and the pre-order: www.godisinthetvzine.co.uk/2020/07/31/exclusive-spartan-jet-plex-dreambreak-music-video-premiere/

Huge thanks to Ryan and Pastel Wasteland for premiering the song and video Circle: pastelwasteland.com/music/spartan-jet-plex-circle-premiere-%f0%9f%87%ba%f0%9f%87%b8/

Huge thanks to Louis and MEFD for premiering the song and video for NB: www.mesenceintesfontdefaut.com/2020/09/02/exclusivite-spartan-jet-plex-nb-video/

Huge thanks to Liam and Various Small Flames for taking the time to interview me and write this kind review: varioussmallflames.co.uk/2020/10/29/interview-spartan-jet-plex-live/

Huge thanks to Chris and the Boston Hassle for this: bostonhassle.com/spartan-jet-plex-live/

Huge thanks to Louis and MEFD for including this album in their year end list for 2020: www.mesenceintesfontdefaut.com/2020/12/21/top-2020/

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I am cells inside a cell.

Hear my interview/chat with Norman B of Life Elsewhere: lifeelsewhere.co/2016/08/11/nancy-kells-deserves-your-attention/

If you want to support a queer/trans/nb/poc/women focused label, Grimalkin Records, you can Paypal me directly at spartanjetplex@gmail.com

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