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Sink Tapes

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Sink Tapes
Sink Tapes at Stoshs 22 June 2018.jpg
Sink Tapes at Stoshs, 22 June 2018.
Background information
OriginNew Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.
GenresIndie, pop rock
Years active2010 (2010)–present
LabelsDon't Live Like Me Records, Mint 400 Records, Fourth Row Records, Sniffling Indie Kids
MembersGabe Chiarello
Alex Kielmanski
Ricky Kuczynski

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Sink Tapes are an American indie rock band that is from New Jersey.


Sink Tapes are a three-piece indie rock band from New Brunswick, New Jersey, that formed in 2010.[1] They have been called "one of the rising indie rock stars of the New Brunswick scene" by CMJ columnist Shannon Moore, who describes them as "Guided By Voices with a basement-bred youthful resolve."[2] Same Strange Dream was released in 2010 on DVD. Their second album, Please Touch, released on 22 November 2012, and is noted for its "fuzzy '90s tact [and] the freer tendencies rock's helped foster since '60s experimentalism."[3] The EP Mattress Cowboys was released in 2013, and is reviewed by Tony Shrum for New Noise Magazine as "perfectly meld[ing] early Against Me! with the Replacements playing acoustic guitars."[4]

Mint 400 Records[edit]

Sink Tapes signed with Mint 400 Records in 2013, and released the single "Super Happy" and the album How You Mean. In 2014, Mint 400 Records reissued Please Touch and Mattress Cowboys. Sink Tapes signed with Sniffling Indie Kids in 2015. The twenty-five track album, Creases, was released that year, and is described by Jersey Beat columnist Deborah Draisin as a "masterpiece," who notes "the band definitely brings something fresh and modern to the table."[5] Physical copies of Creases were made available by Sniffling Indie Kids, who has subsequently released several albums by Sink Tapes. They released the single "You Shouldn't Have" on 17 July 2015, and on 27 August they released Window Unit Blues, a twelve-track album that Speak Into My Good Eye editor Chris Rotolo calls a "jangling, fuzz-smothered offering we're used to receiving Sink Tapes, but with a bit more mind paid to the group's pop capabilities."[6] A live acoustic rendition of the song "You Shouldn't Have" appears on the compilation, In a Mellow Tone. The six-track ST EP 16 was released on 8 March 2016. On their recording prolificacy, Jim Testa notes "yes, this is the 16th EP from New Brunswick's Sink Tapes, who also seem to play two basements a week and still find time to tour (and presumably sleep once in a while)."[7]

Sink Tapes performed at the 2016 North Jersey Indie Rock Festival. The experimental sixteen-track Secret Club, recorded on a four-track cassette, was released on 20 February 2018.[8] Their song "Cassini" appears on the Mint 400 Records compilation album, NJ / NY Mixtape.[9]


  • Gabe Chiarello – vocals and drums
  • Alex Kielmanski – guitar
  • Ricky Kuczynski – guitar and vocals

Past members[edit]

  • Thomas Dalzell – bass (2010–2015)
  • Matt Lambert – bass (2016–2017)


  • Mattress Cowboys (2013)
  • "Super Happy" (2013)
  • "Nightmail" (2013)
  • "You Sulk When You Sleep" (2014)
  • "Plastic Lover" (2015)
  • "You Shouldn't Have" (2015)
  • "Priority Mail" (2015)
  • "Wizard Shit" (2018)
  • "Cut Flowers" (2019)
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