Ohio, December 13, 2017 — Beloved Ohio pop label Poptek Records have announced that they’ve drafted Dayton, Ohio’s The 1984 Draft and will release the band’s forthcoming LP, The 1984 Draft Makes Good Choices, in 2018. The LP was recorded earlier this year with esteemed engineer Patrick Himes (Yardboss, Ryan Adams) at his Reel Love studio in Dayton.

The 1984 Draft has a few shows coming up to close out the year, first with Radar State (members of The Get Up Kids) at The Basement in Columbus, Ohio, on December 15, and singer Joe Anderl will perform solo as part of the 15th annual Holidayton show (put on by Mark McMillon and Poppy of The Story Changes/Hawthorne Heights) at Blind Bob’s in Dayton, Ohio, on December 23.

Find out more about the band here: http://www.poptek.com/blog?tag=The%201984%20Draft.


Dayton, Ohio’s The 1984 Draft, a band who channels American rock sensibilities through a ‘90s tinted punk and indie lens, is set to release the Make Good Choices LP in 2018. The LP was recorded by Pat Himes, whose credits include Ryan Adam’s legendary Heartbreaker album. The band is recommended for fans of The Replacements, Beach Slang, The Smoking Popes, and Sugar.

For those unfamiliar with The 1984 Draft, or its primary singer/songwriter Joe Anderl, few Ohio-based musicians have enjoyed the opportunity to support as broad and diverse a list of nationally and internationally recognized musicians as Anderl has with his various solo and band endeavors over a 20 year career. To name just a representative sample, he’s supported everyone from indie rock heavies like Beach Slang, Maritime, Maps and Atlases, The New Amsterdams, The Wrens, Murder By Death, and Limbeck, to celebrated songwriters like John Vanderslice, Richard Buckner, party rocker Andrew W.K., and even punk and hardcore heavies Ink and Dagger, Off With Their Heads, Everytime I Die and H2O. He’s also toured alongside The Gunshy (Sleep Recordings, Chicago), Adam Torres’ Nostra Nova (Fat Possum, Austin), Tender Mercy (Louisville), as bassist for The Kyle Sowashes (Anyway Records), and vocalist for Waking Kills The Dream (Goodlife Recordings).

The 1984 Draft released their Heisman Trophy Winner EP via Gas Daddy Go! (the boutique label of former Guided By Voices drummer Don Thrasher) on November 6, 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 (guitarist for Hawthorne Heights), who also took up engineering and mastering duties on the HTW 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 on the NFL Network and followed print and web features on the band in Sports Illustrated, The Omaha World Herald, New Noise Magazine, and Ghettoblaster Magazine to name a few.

BAND/ Joe Anderl- vocals, guitar. Justin Satinover- drums. Eli Alban- guitar. Chip Heck- bass.

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