Hassle Records Celebrates 15 Years
CELEBRATING 15 YEARS OF HASSLE RECORDS
A SERIES OF RECORDS '15 X 15' RELEASED 30TH OCTOBER 2020
PART II OF THE VINYL SERIES ANNOUNCED
INCLUDING LONELY THE BRAVE, CANCER BATS + MORE
PART IIIndependence is a state of mind. Recent events have proved as much. In the case of Hassle Records it is also a reality. Taking inspiration from independent labels such as Rough Trade and Sub Pop, Hassle itself was set-up 15 years ago on the simple premise of providing artists with a platform by which they could truly express themselves on their own terms. So today, Hassle Records is one of the UK's most prolific independent labels.
This year, Hassle celebrates its 15th anniversary, it does so in good health and with a project that is simply titled 15 X 15 - a series of special editions of 15 key releases that have shaped the label’s existence. Issued in three batches of five, every release will be fittingly issued on crystal coloured vinyl & released 30th October 2020.
"2020 marks 15 years of Hassle Records. So, we wanted to celebrate. It only seems like yesterday that we had to change the label's name (for bullshit legal reasons) and start again. But we got off to a great start putting out the Juliette Lewis EP ‘...Like A Bolt Of Lightning ‘ as the first release. And it’s been a great musical journey ever since. Never wanting be constrained by a ‘genre sound’, we work with artists and music that we simply love, and from there we just hope that other people will also love the records that we put out. This ethos has been the ultimate foundation in the label's history from the start.
To that end, for our 15th anniversary we have decided to re-issue 15 records from varying parts of our history and catalogue, all as limited vinyl-only releases. Hopefully our choices accurately represent what a diverse sound we have to the label, and that the passion we have for the music and the bands shines through." says Wez (co-owner)
15 X 15 PART II
R-Lonely The Brave 'The Day's War (Victory Edition)
(HOFF178 / June '15)
Limited hand-numbered copies // Turquoise & Crystal Clear Half & Half Vinyl
Double vinyl, first ever pressing of expanded edition
S-Four Year Strong 'Rise Or Die Trying' (HOFF044 / April '08)
Limited hand-numbered copies // Purple & Crystal Clear Half & Half Vinyl
O-Cancer Bats 'Birthing The Giant' (HOFF023 / June '06)
Limited hand-numbered copies // Chocolate & Crystal Clear Half & Half Vinyl
F-Petrol Girls 'Cut & Stitch' // 'The Future Is Dark'(HOFF306 / May '19) // (HOFF287 / Sept '18)
Limited hand-numbered copies // Green & Crystal Clear Half & Half Vinyl
Double vinyl, first time packaged together
H- Turbowolf 'Turbowolf'(HOFF130 / Nov '11)
Limited hand-numbered copies // Yellow & Crystal Clear Half & Half Vinyl
15 X 15 PART I
1 - Juliette and the Licks '...Like A Bolt Of Lightning' (Feb '05)
Limited edition & hand-numbered // Gold & Crystal Clear Half & Half Vinyl PRE-ORDER NOW
5 - Casey 'Love Is Not Enough' (Aug '16)
Limited edition & hand-numbered // White & Crystal Clear Half & Half Vinyl PRE-ORDER NOW
Y - frnkiero andthe cellabration 'stomachaches' (Aug '14)
Limited edition & hand-numbered // Silver & Crystal Clear Half & Half Vinyl PRE-ORDER NOW
E - Tubelord 'Our First American Friends' (Oct '09) / 'Tezcatlipoca' (Aug '10)
Limited edition & hand-numbered // Orange & Crystal Clear Half & Half Vinyl
Double vinyl, including first ever pressing of the Tezcatlipoca EP PRE-ORDER NOW
A - We Are The Ocean 'Cutting Our Teeth' (Feb '10)
Limited edition & hand-numbered // Red & Crystal Clear Half & Half Vinyl PRE-ORDER NOW
Blood Command, Brutus, Gloo, Petrol Girls, Phoxjaw, Press Club, Stake, Swedish Death Candy, The Homeless Gospel Choir, Wess Meets West, The Joy Formidable, The Used
FULL LABEL BIOGRAPHY HERE
The roots of the label hark back to the time when co-founders Nigel Adams and Wez were working at Mushroom Records, their core charges at the label in the ‘90s consisting of Ash, Garbage, Muse and Ween. They named their first venture Eat Sleep, and duly signed a licensing deal with Drive Thru’ Records, the rising Californian label whose roster included the cream of emerging U.S. punk and post-hardcore bands. But the pair were keen to sign their own acts. They did so by creating two new labels, Sorepoint (the rock label) and, subsequently, Full-Time Hobby- White Denim, School Of Seven Bells & more. Most significantly of all, they signed a band from Chicago that few people in the UK and Europe had heard of at the time - Fall Out Boy. Securing the rights to their debut album, 2003’s Take This To The Grave, for a laughable amount, Nigel and Wez engineered a campaign that not only gave Pete Wentz and his men their first gold record in the UK, but which also heralded the mainstream rise of emo as a genre.
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