Acid Fast – Rabid Moon

Somewhere about a half-decade after punk-rock went mainstream, a renaissance of sorts took place. Where bands like Green Day, NOFX, The Offspring, et al had saturated the market with their fuck-all ethos – a new crop of upstarts sought to marry their well-worn four-chord propulsion with a little more intellect, a little less angst, and a bit more … [Read more...]

FAO#29: Critical Heights (Owen Tromans, Savaging Spires & Diva)

Established by “just three chaps trying to run a label where we would want to collect all the releases ourselves,” Critical Heights is both a boutique label and self-building community enterprise, run from both London and Winchester.  Built - so far - around artists with an acute awareness of their environments, the label has big artistic ambitions … [Read more...]

Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records, the Indie Label That Got Big and Stayed Small

Merge Records is now a fairly well-oiled machine, but it wasn’t always so. It started off as a bedroom label working exclusively in the 7” format as a means for Mac McCaughan and Laura Balance to put out their and their Chapel Hill friends’ bands’ music because, as Mac put it, "it's not like there was anyone else asking to put them out." Slowly and … [Read more...]