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Label Of the week – Alternative Tentacles

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One could easily be forgive for forgetting about a record label that has been releasing classic albums for nearly 40 years. it’s a sign of todays mobile world. We no longer need to rely on a labels good name for records to listen to. Alternative Tentacles started in 1979 and since then it’s roster has included (wait for it), Alice Donut, Citizen Fish, Leftover Crack, Noam Chomsky, Pansy Division, Unsane, Butthole Surfers, DOA, Nomenasno, Neurosis, Victims Family and of course Jello Biafra and his various music associates including the Dead kennedys.

They have been releasing records since California Uber Alles was unleashed amongst a legion of punks. It is almost impossible to get a list of releases as there has been cd’s, 7″‘s, digital releases and t-shirts all seem to have catalogue numbers. I can safely guess at around 400 releases. 400 picks of rockin’ hardcore and off kilter country tunes designed to educate a nation and overthrow the machinations.

When Crucifucks were singing about Wisconsin or the Beatnigs telling us that Television was the Drug of the Nation alternative tentacles were shouting from the rooftops.

After the Dead Kennedys gave us Frankenchrist the label started to run into trouble due to the amount of attention PMRC were putting. I contacted the label in the UK to see if Irish Punks could help out with No More Censorhip Defense Fund. We put a gig on, showed solidarity in the way the label have been showing since.

It isn’t just a label for punk rock and up front hardcore there is alternative twang of Evan Johns and Eugene Chadbourne or the rockabilly blues style of more recent visitors to Ireland, the Legendary Shack Shakers

It is still releasing records, bringing out podcasts and finding new ways to encourage subversion. Jello is still playing music and releasing records, Winston Smith is still producing art and the label still flourishes

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Label Of the week- Drunken Sailor Records

Drunken Sailor Records is a label from the UK that has been releasing quality sounds from around the world since the Tiltwheel Teach Your Children Hell 7″

They released Marvellous Mark’s (ex Marvelous Darlings man) Bite Me 7″ earlier in the year and jumped at the chance to release Marks debut LP.  “Sounding a bit like Big Star with power-pop overtones and a pop-punk driving force,Crushin’ is a collection of songs bursting with feeling that sound like they were written while the sun was either going down or coming up.”

First 100 on Yellow Vinyl. Touring Europe in 2016. This is a pre-order, the records will ship on Friday 15th January.

 

Also out on the same day is the debut EP from Malos Modales.
The ‘Cronicas Terrestres EP (mastered by the ever awesome North London Bomb Factory Mastering) is the bands debut record. Garage/ powerpop with a definite nod to The Marked Men.
Hailing from Monterrey, Mexico.

Malos Modales are a punk band of people who technically aren’t old but could make some people question this very fact. Formed in Monterrey, Mexico, the band features some familiar faces in its lineup, namely Kiko Blake from División Minúscula (one of the most successful and emotionally charged bands from the past decade), and Johnny Vzz and Hugo “Scrap” Zapata from electroparty mainstays She’s A Tease (Chacho Zapata rounds up the band). They converged and recorded some demos, then decided to take the proper steps to formalize the band. They have recorded a self-titled EP at their rehearsal space with the help of a 4-track tape recorder.

 

Other bands on the label are the excellent lo-fi pop of Martha, the pop punk hilarity of Wonk Unit and home to the amazing soaring guitar of stay clean jolene

 

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