Speedwell – Start to finish

Album cover

A limited edition discography album CD, ‘Start to Finish’ contains all the tracks on the Eng Recs CDEP, singles and compilations, and digital versions, a physical tri-fold booklet containing the artwork from the digital release, and is limited to just 100 copies.
It’s a split release between Coolidge Records and Engineer Records.
For fans of The Get Up Kids, Samiam, Jimmy Eat World, The Promise Ring, Braid, Cross My Heart, Pop Unknown, Brandtson, Benton Falls, Cap n Jazz, The Anniversary, Saves The Day, The Oliver Twist and Weezer.

Tracks 1 to 4 released as ‘My life is a series of vacations’ CD on Engineer Records.
Featured track 8 “Pacifique”on Deep Elm Records Emo Diaries 3.
Featured track 5 “Oceans and Armlengths” released on Engineer Records compilation “Firework Anatomy”.
Solo cover from lead singer Meredith Bragg featured on Engineer ‘shudder To Think” tribute compilation.

“A rousing, breathless blast from the past” – KDHX 88.1 FM (kdhx.org/music/news/song-of-the-day-calling-on-columbia-pike-by-speedwell)

“whirling pop fury and punk attitude” – Beats Per Minute (beatsperminute.com/media/track-premiere-speedwell-calling-on-columbia-pike)

“clenching, about-to-snap aggression…and…melodic obligingness” – The Big Takeover

“If new emo bands sounded like this instead of what they actually sound like, the world would be a better place, for me.” – Collective Zine (www.collective-zine.co.uk/reviews/?id=9169)

“At least now Speedwell has a proper full-length to its credit to document the creative growth of yet another could-have-been-great American band.” – The Fire Note (thefirenote.com/2013/08/05/speedwell-start-to-finish-album-review/)

“emo, synth pop, and pop punk merged” – Surviving the Golden Age (survivingthegoldenage.com/speedwell-calling-on-columbia-pike)

“If 90’s emo is your thing, then Speedwell’s Start to Finish is a must.” – Manual Dexterity Zine (mandexzine.com/reviewswin1314)

“Albums & EPs From 2013 That I Enjoyed” – Manual Dexterity Zine (mandexzine.com/post/70425731069/an-alphabetical-list-of-albums-eps-from-2013-that-i)

“This is an album of perfect Midwest emo … with just enough abrasiveness to make your heart a little raw” – Survivre La Nuit (survivrelanuit.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/speedwell-start-to-finish)

“these 17 tracks … make for a really strong full length album which the band never got to put out while in existence” – Suspect Device Zine (www.suspectdevicezine.co.uk/Suspect_Device/Reviews.html)

1, Calling on Columbia Pike 03:38
2, This Is Us 02:59
3, Two Conquests 03:06
4, Your Atlantic 03:52
5, Oceans Are Armlengths 02:53
6, Fighting Sleep 02:33
7, Night Cares 03:53
8, Pacifique 04:57
9, Smoke To Smother 05:34
10, Hydrogen 09:39
11, Wind Down 03:20
12, Angles Outward (4-Track Demo) 02:42
13, Circle.Three Years (4-Track Demo) 03:49
14, Truss Rod (4-Track Demo) 04:58
15, Kuma (4-Track Demo) 02:42
16, Having Only Just Recovered From the Glare (4-Track Demo) 03:48
17, Triple Crown (4-Track Demo) 03:20

Speedwell was:
Meredith Bragg – guitar (all tracks), vocals
Troy Farmer – guitar (tracks 1-7, 12-17), bass (tracks 8-11), keyboards, vocals
Brian Minter – bass (all tracks, except 8-11), keyboards, vocals
Cheryl Huber – keyboards, vocals (tracks 1-4, 6, 7)
Jonathan Roth – drums (all tracks, except 6)

Tracks 1-4 recorded Spring 2001 by Chad Clark at Inner Ear Studios, Arlington, VA.
Released as ‘My life is a series of vacations’ CD on Engineer Records.

Track 5 recorded Winter 2001 by Dan McKinney at Dan’s House Studio, Bethlehem, PA

Track 6 recorded 2001 by Speedwell on 4-track

Track 7 recorded January 2002 by Archie Moore at Omega Studios, Rockville, MD

Tracks 8-11 recorded May 1997 by Geoff Turner at WGNS, Washington, DC

Tracks 12-17 recorded December 1997 on 4-track by Brian Minter in the basement of the Spaghetti House, Harrisonburg, VA

Digitized and assembled by Mike Fisher at Maniac Studios, Coplay, PA

Re-mastered by Alan Douches and Mike Piacentini at West West Side Music, New Windsor, NY

All songs written by Speedwell
My Eyes Burn (ASCAP) and Sounds Like Small Time Music (ASCAP)

Graphic design and front cover photography by Laura Wertman

Back to releases