Label Spotlight: Epitaph Records

Epitaph Records is an independent music label founded in Los Angeles, California by Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz in the early 1980’s. The iconic label released an incredible amount of hit albums in the 90’s and was also responsible for breaking through bands such as Rancid, NOFX, Pennywise, The Offspring and Bad Religion themselves into […]

Label Spotlight: Local Colour Records

Local Colour Records are a DIY label from the South of England putting out emo/punk bands, but mainly “any bands [they] like and think are cool.” The label is run by twin brothers Alex and Charlie Flowers who grew up and live in a tiny town, suffering the struggles a lot of us face: a […]

Album Review: Happy Diving – Big World

Nowadays, I almost immediately trust anything associated with the label Art is Hard Records. I’ve picked up a few items here and there from them, and they’ve put on some pretty great shows in Brighton, where I live. My purchase of Happy Diving’s Big World has yet to tarnish that blissful perspective. The album is […]

Album Review: Whirr/Nothing Split

Whirr and Nothing have perhaps released one of the best split records of the year. Formed in 2010 by Nick Bassett (guitarist for Deafheaven and also part of Nothing), Whirr focus on the shoegaze fuzz set by giants like My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive with a heavy heart. Their darker, more distorted vision of shoegaze sits […]

Label/Record Shop Interview: Rich Perri of Speedowax/Ignite

We spoke to Rich Perri about his experiences starting up Ignite Record Store located in Birmingham’s Oasis Market and running the Speedowax record label. How did you start up Speedowax? When I was about 15 John Peel used to play records I loved. I just thought I wanted to do a label. I spent about 2 years saving […]