GR8Bit Live! IV, Saturday July 2nd, 2016

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

We'll be playing at The Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids, MI next month on Saturday July 2nd for the GR8BIT Live event along with a bunch of other great bands! We'll be pulling out some of our game covers on top of original songs for this one. All proceeds for the event go to purchase games for kids at the Children's Hospital. More info at the link below!

Doors at 5:30pm, Music at 6:00pm | $10 | ages 18+
Proceeds go to purchase games for kids at the Children's Hospital.
Win an Uncharted 4 Limited Edition PlayStation 4!
Lineup to be announced soon!

Pyramid Scheme Saturday February 13, 2016

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Looking forward to this show next month with Hollywood Makeout + Bermudas + Mat Chruchill! We have a bunch of new material we've been working on with a new sound. This is at the Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids, MI.

Doors at 8:30pm | $6 adv/$8 day of | ages 21+
Local Pop Up Showcase Vol 4!

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@Pickle Fort with The Astrobats, Sat December 12th

Friday, November 20th, 2015

We're playing at the Pickle Fort with The Astrobats next month on Saturday December 12th. This is a house venue in Grand Rapids, MI, email for details.

Mac's Bar November 15th with I Fight Dragons

Monday, October 26th, 2015

We're playing Mac's Bar in Lansing, MI on Sunday, November 15th along with I Fight Dragons, Noisewaves, and PleThorA. More info at the link below, come out if you're near!

8static Festival 2015, October 15th - 17th

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Excited to be playing at 8static Festival this Saturday October 17th in Philadelphia, PA. This is our second time playing 8static, looking forward to performing and to see so many awesome acts onstage. This is a three day event starting on Thursday Oct 15th and going through Saturday the 17th. Tickets are $20 for the day or $50 for all three. Doors are at 6, we are scheduled to perform at 7pm on Saturday. Here is the lineup from the 8static event page:

8static 47 - 8static Festival 2015
Celebrating our 7th year anniversary!
This event is ALL AGES!
Thursday, October 15th - Saturday, October 17th, 2015
6:00pm at the First Unitarian Church - All Ages!

$20 per day
$50 for advance 3-day pass


(time: musician, visualist)

Thursday, Oct. 15:

7:00: Storm Blooper, SBthree

7:40: Little Paw, ohhinaifu

8:20: Baron Knoxburry, Pixelseed

9:00: L-tron, Kevin Gondek

9:40: ap0c, Melesul3

10:20: MEGA RAN, ohhinaifu

11:00: Chipocrite, SBthree

11:40: ovenrake, NO CARRIER

Friday, Oct. 16:

7:00: Inverse Phase, Melesul3

7:40: SHRIMPS, ohhinaifu

8:20: Marshall Art, Melesul3

9:00: ZEN ALBATROSS, Kevin Gondek

9:40: glomag, Pixelseed

10:20: Bud Melvin, NO CARRIER

11:00: OxygenStar, SBthree

11:40: TREY FREY, Pixelseed

Saturday, Oct. 17:

7:00: Mail Order Monsters, Kevin Gondek

7:40: Alex Mauer, NO CARRIER

8:20: Das Mörtal, Melesul3

9:00: NML STYL, ohhinaifu

9:40: Bit Shifter, Pixelseed

10:20: Cheap Dinosaurs, SBthree

11:00: Fuckjazzforaminute, Kevin Gondek

11:40: Random, NO CARRIER

GR8Bit Live! Saturday July 11th

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Hey all, we will be performing at GR8Bit Live! 3 Saturday July 11th at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, MI. This event is free to attend, we will be performing at 1pm. There are 6 other bands performing throughout the day as well. GR8Bit is a day long video game music concert/gaming convention, donations at the door go toward the purchase of new gaming equipment for the kids at the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. This is an all ages event! See the GR8Bit Live! 3 facebook event page for more info, hope to see you there:

Jammies XVI Voting ends Jan 31st 2015

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Don't forget to cast your listeners choice ballot for the Jammies XVI awards before January 31st! We're listed for best new album, and album of the year along with dozens of other great local / regional bands and musicians. Click the image below to cast your vote! (We are in both categories)

Jammies XVI Nominations

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Our debut album is nominated for Album of the year, Best album by a New Artist, Song of the year (Cynthia), and Best Electronic Album for WYCE's Jammies Awards XVI! Full list of artists at this link

Album featured at Furnace MFG site

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Thanks to Furnace MFG for featuring our LP on their front new release page! Nice to be sharing the same page with a Zappa re-release.

Modern Music with Jon Moshier

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Tune in to WDET tonight between 9 - 11pm to hear us on Modern Music with Jon Moshier! This week- The 8-bit synth sounds of a Grand Rapids band called Mail Order Monsters that make music on a vintage Commodore 64 computer plus more great local music from His Name Is Alive and Outrageous Cherry. Plus a really interesting new record from a Swedish duo called Fantastic, reissued music from the UK post-punk sounds of the 1980s band The Pop Project and lots more.

Review at Chiptunes=Win

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Huge thanks to Chiptunes=Win for the super kind review of our debut album.

Album Review in Recoil Magazine

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Huge thanks to Recoil Magazine for the review of our debut album! Click image below to the online version of the review.

The Muenster Mash 2014 at Meijer Gardens

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

We will performing at Meijer Gardens on October third! Head out to Michigan's Farm Garden for fall activities, networking, cocktails, a cheese tasting courtesy of Cabot Creamery, doughnuts donated by Marge's Donut Den, and a raffle for a brand new chair from Steelcase. This event is a collaboration with MySymphony360 and the Steelcase Young Professionals Group.

The Muenster Mash is free for current members of the Connection if you RSVP by 10/1/14.

A special price of $10 per attendee is being extended to MySymphony360, Steelcase Young Professionals, and non-Connection Meijer Gardens members if you RSVP by today, Friday 9/26/14.  RSVP's after this deadline will be $15.  Non-members of these groups are $15 if you RSVP by 10/1/14.

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Matthew Parsons at: (616) 974-5222.

Guests must be 18 or older in order to attend this event.  This event will have a cash bar that only accepts cash, no credit or debit cards.  An ATM is located in the main building for your convenience.

We hope to see you there!

Album updates

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

For any of our fans in the Brooklyn NY area, our LP is available at Academy Records, Permanent Records, Rough Trade, and Captured Tracks!

Missy's Farm Music Festival 2014

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Come join us for a 2 night outdoor music and camping festival at Missy's beautiful farm in Allegan, MI!

More than 25 musical acts will be playing. (SCHEDULE BELOW)

Look for a bouquet of balloons beside 128th Ave for the right place. Parking lot and many grass camping areas & trails available off to the right side of the driveway. 

The show will go on, rain or shine. There is a large barn that we will recede to if need be.

-good vibes

-paper plates
-food/meat (grill provided)
-camping gear

Donations accepted on-site and will go towards port-a-john rentals, sound gear, and Missy for her generosity. 



4-6pm: DJ Ben Weezy for folks rolling in
6-6:40: Rei Robinson 
6:45-7:20: Jake Stilson 
7:30-8:05: Mat Churchill 

8:15-8:50: Part Time Warriorz 
9:00-9:35: Kent County String Band 
9:45-10:20: Dante Cope 
10:30-11:05: The Extra Texture 
11:15-11:50: The Fever Haze 
12:00-12:35: Invisible Mansion 
12:45-1:20: Mail Order Monsters


11:00-1:00 Open mic- music, comedy, rants- hosted by Julio

1:20-1:55: Joe Rodriguez
2:00-2:35: Justin VanHaven 

2:45-3:10: Chip Fundy 
3:20-3:55: Watchin For Foxes 
4-4:35: Shane Tripp
4:45-5:20: Black Fruit
5:30-6:05: Secret Geometry 
6:15-6:50: Soundmeetsound
7:00-7:35: Invisible Cartoons 
7:45-8:20: Get Right Church 
8:30- 9:05: North Atlantic Drift
9:15-9:50: Howlers 
10:00-10:35: HEAD 
10:45-11:20: Mavericks and Monarchs 
11:30-12:05: Pistolbrides
12:15-12:50: I Believe in Julio 
1:00-1:35: Lazy Genius

Video updates

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Two brand new videos for the songs Cynthia, and J12, both off our debut album. Available now in our store!

Release show photos/review by Local Spins

Monday, September 1st 2014

Thanks to John Sinkevics from Local Spins for the photos from the release show and a short review (photo credits: Anna Sink). Full link to photos and story are here:

Also thanks to everyone that came out to the release show! We had an absolute blast, and appreciate you coming out and for your support. We have several upcoming shows to annouce and will post them soon.

Debut Album Available for Order Now!

Friday, August 29th 2014

Our debut album is available for order in our store! This is available on LP / CD, and will be available shortly via digital download. Visit the links in the Store or click the image below!

Release show press from Local Spins!

Tuesday, August 26th 2014

Thanks to John Sinkevics from Local Spins for the mention about our upcoming release show! We're getting everything ready for the show, hope to see you there!

(Here is the press from Local Spins pasted below, link to original story is located here: )

When: 9:30 p.m.
Thursday Admission: Free
Where: Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids

So, Mail Order Monsters has an engaging moniker but perhaps an even more engaging musical approach: The Grand Rapids trio writes and performs original tunes using only Commodore 64 computers, a true antique when it comes to technology, considering they were discontinued back in 1994 after selling millions upon millions of units. The "chiptune" band uses multiple keyboards connected to Commodore audio circuitry during its live shows. Band members are celebrating release of their debut album, in LP and CD form, and some special guests will be joining them on Thursday night. Oh, and band member Rich Vogel tells me they do "a pretty rockin" synth metal cover of "Electric Funeral" by Black Sabbath." Sweet. Details online at"

See more at:

Mail Order Monsters Record Release Show August 28th at Founders!

Monday, August 4th 2014

Mail Order Monsters Record Release ShowWe are super excited to announce our debut album will be released on August 28th at our record release show at Founders Taproom! We'll be playing with our super talented local pals Noisewaves and Mavericks and Monarchs. This is a free show! Please come out for a night of great local jams, and help support Mail Order Monsters by being the first to grab our new LP. Lineup for the night will be:

Noisewaves 9:30
Mavericks and Monarchs 10:30
Mail Order Monsters 11:45

This is our debut album release, and we couldn't be happier with how this turned out. This will be available on high quality 140 gram Vinyl LP, on CD, and also via digital download. We'll have LP's and CD's available at the show.

We'll have this album available for sale online on August 29th on LP / CD and digital download.

We'll be projecting video at the show, complete with a whole bunch of new videos we've put together for the songs. We'll also have a few special guests joining us onstage! Don't miss!

Facebook event information is here:

Debut LP Arriving Mid-August!

Saturday, June 22nd 2014

mail order monsters lp cover

Our Debut LP is being manufactured right now, and will be in our hands mid August! So excited to share this! We will be releasing this on LP / CD and digital download, plus streaming (iTunes / Spotify / All That Stuff / Commodore 64 BBS / Lazer Waffle 3000 etc.)

This album was recorded / engineered at the Keyclub Studio in Benton Harbor by Bill Skibbe, mixed and produced by Rich Vogel and Mail Order Monsters, and mastered by Bo Kondren at Calyx Studios in Berlin Germany. The cover artwork and label artwork were created by Alex Schlegel (LM from 10eastern). This was mastered specifically for vinyl too and cut to laquers from the mastering plant! And mastered separately for digital.

We will be putting up a track or two in the coming month, and some new videos as well!

Track Listing:
Back Cover
Front Cover
1. Cynthia
2. 6581
3. Internet Girlfriend
4. 1541
5. J12
6. Electric Funeral
7. Apollyanna
8. Ascension
9. Inputs

Test Pressing LP's Approved

Saturday, June 20nd 2014

test pressings

After 176 (okay maybe not that many) listens of each side of all 5 LP's we decided to stop playing them, and approve the test pressings. We're super excited to get the final LP's in our hands, and make them available!

Video for 'Jenny'

Wednesday, May 14th 2014

We remastered the audio for Jenny and have uploaded it again to Youtube for your eyes and ears. This was filmed on location in space and at Nasa. Thanks to Kroehn Staelgithorgen for granting us access to his planets atmosphere.