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Pitchfork: Beyoncé’s Lemonade Vinyl Mispressed With Songs by Canadian Punk Band Zex

The first half of their 2017 album Uphill Battle appears on the A-side of Bey’s lemon-yellow record

Beyoncé (Kevin Mazur/WireImage); Zex (courtesy of Earsplit PR)
Beyoncé (Kevin Mazur/WireImage); Zex (courtesy of Earsplit PR)

This month saw the official vinyl release of Lemonade, Beyoncé’s massive 2016 album. Some of those who received their orders, however, may have been taken aback when they dropped the needle on Side A of the lemon-yellow vinyl record. According to a Facebook post from Canadian punk band Zex, the A-Side of their recent album Uphill Battle (featuring songs such as “Burn the Flag,” “Child Soldier,” and “No Sanctuary”) appears on the opening side of Lemonade, where tracks like “Hold Up” should be. Watch videos of the mispressed record playing below. A representative for Magic Bullet Records, which released Uphill Battle, confirmed the legitimacy of the mispressed LP. Columbia Records sent Pitchfork the following statement:

Due to human error at the Celebrate Records plant in Germany, which Sony uses to manufacture vinyl, a small amount of the European run of the Beyoncé Lemonade vinyl included music from Canadian punk band, ZEX, on Side A. Beyoncé and ZEX were not aware of or responsible for the mispress. Fans who purchased the vinyl will be refunded and given a replacement copy. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused.

The accidental Zex/Beyoncé split LP follows a recent mispress where Queens of the Stone Age songs appeared on a new album by Gordi. “I anticipate either people won’t notice or they’ll appreciate the dynamic shift,” Gordi joked about the incident.

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Rebuilder – Punk/Hardcore Artist of the Year nominee for the 2016 Boston Music Awards

Rebuilder | Rock & Roll in America | LP

REBUILDER – Punk/Hardcore Artist of the Year nominee for the 2016 Boston Music Awards

Rebuilder have toured extensively in 2016 and they will be playing with Dropkick Murphys on 3/17 @ House of Blues Boston

Rebuilder | Rock & Roll in America | LP

2016 Boston Music Awards Punk Hardcore Artist of the Year nominee Rebuilder! Their latest album as described on “Is there such a thing as mature pop-punk? If so, then Rebuilder are one of the best bands doing it. Their 2013 self-titled EP was a pleasant surprise and showed they had the chops to go far. Two years down the line and it seems that they’ve decided to explore a bit more and open up towards a sound that’s a bit more dynamic than Rebuilder — and in doing so, they show that they’re fully ready to travel the long road and make it theirs. This album’s more wholesome and feels like a sonic shift in the right direction — one that’s riskier and bolder, but still cultivates a sound that doesn’t shy away from the melodic punk prominent on their previous stuff. Rock & Roll In America is rife with passion, charisma and ultimately, it’s a big move up for this Boston-based unit.”

GTIN ( UPC / EAN / ISBN ) 823819036417
Label Panic State Records
Sku PSR020
SRP $21.99

Track Listing:

The National Bohemian
Look What You’ve Done
Heart Attack
Le Grand Fromage
Empty Streets
When I Grow Up
The White Flag
Hope Diamond
American Dread (A Frontier)

Rebuilder | Rock & Roll in America | LP
Rebuilder | Rock & Roll in America | LP