Label Mates 3 - A collection of photos

That's a wrap! It was a crazy ten days filled with loads of amazing bands. We had a great time hosting all the labels and bands at the shack. Thanks to all the labels that participated Burger, Fortuna Pop!, Cardinal Fuzz, Odd Box, Trashmouth, Fuzz Club, Fierce Panda, Faux Discx, and Heavenly. We have some great live recordings from the guys at Soundyoucansee (soon you will too). Thanks to Black Wax Records for staying open throughout the festival.  A thank you to everyone who worked at the shack during the event from the sound guys to the bar staff, it was ll wonderful. A big thank you to The 405 who covered all the events and gave you the low down on the labels.  And of course thank you to all who came down and supported the bands! Last but not least thanks to Sailor Jerry's for keeping us all nice and hydrated. Check out the sexy snaps below from Carolina Faruolo.

Label Mates 3 - Bad Vibrations

It would be foolish to have a label-mates series and exclude our own label. Here at Bad Vibrations we have been putting out records for a few years now, from our live show compilations to full albums by some of our favourite acts.

Volume One of our Live At Bad Vibrations series could be seen as a summary of what we have achieved so far. We have shows from all our favourite venues; The Victoria, The Macbeth, Elektrowerkz, The Lexington and of course our beloved Shacklewell Arms, committed to a beautiful 12” that is available now from our web store. On this compilation you can find some of the best British and overseas acts that have graced our stages in the last few years.
First we have the wonderful Night Beats all the way from Seattle, playing their own brand of garage-psych. Followed by the fuzzed up sounds of Holy Wave, then Burger darlings Cosmonauts. Songs by The Wytches and Fat White Family give proceedings a considerably more local sensibility. Lola Colt, The KVB and Dead Skeletons then close out the compilation.
As well as our live compilation series we have original material in the form of The Asteroid No. 4’s debut album.

The Asteroid No. 4 play beautifully light psych music, their self-titled record has a heavy acoustic guitar presence alongside cutting drums and, of course, reverb-drenched vocals. Tracks like Ropeless Free Climber particularly employ raga-like drones that draw in any listener.
We have chosen The Oscillation to fly the Bad Vibes flag at label-mates. If you can imagine that the Modern Lovers played Can informed psych-rock then you might be knocking on the door of The Oscillation. Definitely worth checking them out at the Shacklewell Arms on the 12th of March where they will be joined by some of our other friends.

LABEL MATES 3 - FORTUNA POP!

Fortuna POP! are one of the UK’s defining independent labels. Founded in the mid 90s Fortuna POP!, and sister label Slumberland, have been defining the sound of British Indie-pop. With acts ranging from ‘Allo Darlin to Joanna Gruesome they have shown a wide and hugely impressive roster. Fortuna POP! began as a promoter putting shows on at the recently closed Buffalo Bar in Highbury under The Beat Hotel moniker before turning their heads to forming the label we now recognise so well today.

We have selected a few of Fortuna POP!’s finest acts to play for us as part of our upcoming label-mates series. Featuring the seminal Comet Gain who have been part of the British indie pop scene since their formation in the early 90s. Flirting with everything from riot grrl to northern soul, Comet Gain have carved a distinct sound that sits perfectly within the world of Fortuna POP!
Alongside Comet Gain we have Evans The Death who have been grabbing ears ever since the release of their single ‘I’m So Unclean’ a few years ago. Continuing to mix poppy hooks with swirling guitars Evans The Death will release their second album ‘Expect Delays’ on Fortuna POP! in early March. Produced by Rory Atwell, of Warm Brains and Test Icicles the record promises heavier guitars and increased experimentation, we can’t wait.

BY BEN SPENCE