This was our second CD, and our first full-length album - twenty Bitesize favorites clocking in at just under under 39 minutes! The title continued a long-standing band joke: Since our first CD was a pseudo-greatest hits collection (The Best of Bitesize), then it only makes sense that our second record would be a Sophomore Slump! The record was recorded and mixed by John Croslin at Tiny Telephone studios, and released in September, 2001 on Packing Heat! Records.
You can listen to (and perhaps purchase) mp3s of the entire album from the Bitesize Bandcamp site. You can also purchase the original CD from this website! Some artwork & lyrics for the record can be found on Sophomore Slump page
Here are a few blurbs about the record:
Splendid E-Zine: “Sophomore Slump is terrific -- a must-have disc for summer rabble-rousing, not to mention a much-needed injection of creativity in a dangerously stale genre.”
Ink19 (which listed the record on their top 19 of 2002): “Sophomore Slump...is the most mistitled record on this list, as it's filled with raucous, catchy indie rock and often blackly comic subject matter, an irresistible combination.”
Shredding Paper: “Mixing the unconventional hooks of the Pixies or They Might Be Giants with a whole lot of distorted guitar noise and the high pitched whine (I mean that in a nice way!) of primary singer Serano, this sugary blast of pop is absolutely endearing without having any regard for what's hip or cool.”
Maximum Rock N Roll: “A quirky release that brings to mind PIXIES, PEE, and even ATOM & HIS PACKAGE. Great vocal play between the guy/girl vocals. Twenty infectious ditties that overflow with enthusiasm and spirit on a pop level.”
West Coast Performer: “But underneath all the eccentricities of their second full-length CD, Sophomore Slump, Bitesize demonstrates why their eclectic brand of noise pop transcends its own wackiness. Simply put: hooks are hooks, and Sophomore Slump is loaded with them.”
more reviews of Sophomore Slump can be found on our press page. . .
The Best of Bitesize
That's right, our debut CD was a pseudo-greatest hits collection! We decided to embrace the likelihood that in the future, fans of the band would be saying: “yeah, I just bought the new Bitesize album. It's okay, I guess, but it's not as good as their first album. . .” It's a ten song EP with a secret “bonus track.” The record was recorded by Greg Freeman and mixed by Jerry Finn at Tiny Telephone studios, and released in August, 1999 on Packing Heat! Records.
You can listen to (and perhaps purchase) mp3s of the entire album from the Bitesize Bandcamp site. You can also purchase the original CD from this website!
Here are a few blurbs about the record:
SF Weekly (which listed the record in their top local releases of 1999): “The Best of Bitesize, a 20-minute disc rife with perfect, perky harmonies and shimmering guitars - an album so unapologetically immersed in goes-down-easy pop you don't so much listen to it as gum it.”
Splendid E-Zine: “The Best of Bitesize...is twenty of the best minutes of music I've heard all year. Bitesize makes brashy, noisy, skewed retro-punk-pop of the Pixies-on-crank variety -- they pack more hooks and more energy into ninety seconds than many bands can fit on an entire album.”
Kick Bright: “Every song is punchy, quick and obscenely jumpy. I love this! They could have not made a better record. The lyrics are sweet and humorous with a rather lock-jawed bite. They go from sweet crushes to songs about kicking butt. Just about every song, like "Cold Turkey" and "Theme Park", are memorable and get stuck in my head all day long...”
East Bay Express: “The Best of Bitesize is a charmer, if definitely bite-size itself (zooming through ten songs in twenty minutes). With clever lyrics and hook-barbed songcraft, the trio's fare is packed with a juicy filling of squealy clanking distortion, perky co-ed vocals, and maniacal melodies as catchy as any jump-rope rhyme. Imagine The Pixies forced into servitude by They Might Be Giants, and you begin to get the idea...”
more reviews of The Best of Bitesize can be found on our press page. . .
More Songs About Cars and Body Parts
More Songs About Cars and Body Parts was the first proper Bitesize release - it was a red-vinyl 7-inch containing four songs (Headache Baby Yeah!, Jumpstart, The Bee's Knees, & In the Know) It was recorded and mixed by Greg Freeman at Tiny Telephone studios, and released in September, 1998 on Packing Heat! Records.
While we no longer have the original vinyl record in stock, an expanded digital version is now available (for listen or purchase) on the Bitesize Bandcamp site. This expanded version contains two previously unavailable BONUS TRACKS: Astronomy (which was recorded during the original More Songs About... sessions), and the Bitesize classic I Killed Sting, which was recorded in 2002 for a bEASTfest compilation CD (see below).
The Messy Imperative - Bee's Knees split-7-inch
This is a very special split 7-inch that we did with our good friends The Get-Go. We met them at Merlin Studios (where both of us practiced) back in 1997 and we played our 2nd show ever with them - it was love at first sight/listen! Since then we've probably played about 20 shows together. Somewhere in there Bitesize began doing a cover of the Get-Go song "The Messy Imperative" and they started covering our song "The Bee's Knees". This record captures us performing each other's songs on yummy pink vinyl! The Bitesize track was recorded and mixed by Ricardo Esway, and the record was released In June, 2001 on Crashtone Records.
Sadly, at the moment, the record is not currently available. . .
Demo Numero Uno (a.k.a. "the blue tape")
This was our very first demo tape! This out-of-print wonder contained embryonic versions of the Bitesize songs I Forgot My Mantra, Pre-med, Lunchdate, and Sugar Car. It was recorded by Julia on her 4-track cassette recorder at their practice space at Merlin Studios. The demo first saw the light of day as a cassette tape in April, 1997. It became known among Bitesize fans as "the blue tape" because it was very very blue.
Sadly, at the moment, it is not currently available. . .
The following records are “various artists” compilations that feature at least one Bitesize song. We do not have any of these for sale, although if links are available to buy them elsewhere, we will include them.
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