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|The 1984 Draft share “Two Cow Barrage” from split with Todd Farrell Jr. for Poptek Records|
The 1984 Draft and Todd Farrell Jr. released a split single on September 2 via Poptek Records. The single was released digitally via Bandcamp with a limited edition lathe cut 7 in to follow. The 1984 Draft delivers an alternate version of “Two Cow Barrage,” which will be featured on their upcoming full-length record Best Friends Forever, while Todd Farrell Jr. delivers a new original song with “Can’t Sit Still.”
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“With the manufacturing challenges that face a full-length vinyl release, we knew we wanted to get some new music out to the public,” says Joe Anderl, frontman for The 1984 Draft. “Our friends in Two Cow Garage just celebrated their 20th anniversary. While I was unable to make the show, I want to show how much I appreciated what their band has done for me personally. The song started as a tribute to how they have made me feel, but by the end, I got to a point where the song is about them, but also about spending the last 25 plus years believing in the independent music dream and loving every special moment each band I have seen has given me over the years. I just couldn’t sit still and not let these songs come out. Plus Todd, spent time in Two Cow Garage, so it was a perfect fit”
For those unfamiliar with The 1984 Draft, the band is comprised of Joe Anderl, guitarist Eli Alban, bassist Chip Heck and drummer Justin Satinover. To date, the band have released a compilation track, a pair of EPs, a pair of 7” and an LP and supported Radar State, Haymarket Riot, Hawthorne Heights, Extra Arms, Relaxer, Jon Snodgrass of Drag the River, Ben Nichols of Lucero, Vinnie Caruana of The Movielife, Anthony Raneri of Bayside, Geoff Rickly of Thursday, Six Gallery and more.
In 2020, The 1984 Draft released their Destination Breakdown single via Poptek Records. The album was covered by New Noise Magazine, Ghettoblaster Magazine, Punk News, Aversionline and Big Takeover Magazine.
They have also release a split with Gordon Withers (Jawbreaker on Celllo, J. Robbins Band, etc.).
The 1984 Draft previously released their LP, Makes Good Choices, in 2018 via Poptek Records. The album received rave reviews from Ghettoblaster Magazine, Wannabe The Comic, A Diverse Sound, Soundblab, Oklahoma Lefty, Us For Once, Punk Music UK and more and topped that year’s “Best of the Year” at many other online outlets.
Their Heisman Trophy Winner EP was released via Gas Daddy Go! (the boutique label of former Guided By Voices drummer Don Thrasher) in November of 2015. They were also one of 24 Ohio bands featured on the 10th anniversary Aquabear Legion double vinyl compilation that year.
In 2014, The 1984 Draft released their EP, Bo Jackson Up The Middle, via We Want Action (84 Nash, She Bears, Tiara). The EPs were recorded at Popside Studio with Micah Carli (former guitarist for Hawthorne Heights), who also took up engineering and mastering duties on the Heisman Trophy Winner EP. Their Bo Jackson Up The Middle EP saw the light of day in advance of the release of an NFL Network documentary on the actual 1984 NFL Draft, in which the band is featured. NFL Films captured them live in the band’s hometown on January 10, 2014. The documentary aired on April 30, 2014 and continues to air each draft season on the NFL Network and followed print and web features on the band in Sports Illustrated, The Omaha World Herald, New Noise Magazine, to name a few.
For those unfamiliar with Todd Farrell Jr. or his band Benchmarks, the band previously released American Night and Our Undivided Attention (Sofaburn) and Summer, Slowly (Independent release). Todd also spent several years as the touring guitarist for Columbus, Ohio, band Two Cow Garage. The band has toured and shared the stage with such notable acts Sammy Kay, Bud Bronson and the Good Timers, Iron Chic, Lucero, Restorations, Timeshares, John Moreland, Mike Vallely, Lydia Loveless, Frank Turner and Austin Lucas. Publications such as Alternative Press, No Depression, Pop Matters and Ghettoblaster Magazine have all lauded the band.
The 1984 Draft
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