Sorry that never happened aldo - I really should have been in touch.
In terms of Hydra Head, I'm surprised and sorry to hear this news. It sounds like there's a little bit of life in them yet though.
― NWOFHM! Overlord (krakow), Tuesday, 11 September 2012 23:07 (five years ago) Permalink
Don't worry about it - I had figured something had gone wrong. We'll have a beer at Supersonic.
― passive-aggressive display name (aldo), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 07:28 (five years ago) Permalink
Cool! Yeah, it was just that I was going to have to buy a large number of ridiculously expensive t-shirts myself that no-one would ever buy from me (though HH have all but sold out themselves now that I look). I ended up feeling too tired of the whole endeavour to sort it out. Sorry.
As regards Supersonic, I'm there Saturday & Sunday this year, just booked my trains last night.
― NWOFHM! Overlord (krakow), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 08:04 (five years ago) Permalink
Yeah, this wasn't really a surprise to me. They haven't been relevant for a while now IMO... the best thing about them has always been how consistently brave they were. They'd release a bunch of safe stuff like Cave In or Pelican which would sell decently and then they'd put out something totally left-field like that Craw record which absolutely kills... but you know it'd only sell like 100 copies and is a total loss.
I'll always be forever thankful they did release that niche stuff!! I guess we'll never get any more new Craw, Harkonen, Cavity, Austerity Program, Keelhaul and Knut records now which is a huge shame.
― liam fennell, Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:01 (five years ago) Permalink
might be naive of me here but Craw's last album (which bangs ftr) came out ten years ago, I think bands in their sort of position could expect to sell a bit more than that at the time
― it's-a me, irl (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:27 (five years ago) Permalink
I mean I agree with your general point don't mistake me
― it's-a me, irl (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:28 (five years ago) Permalink
(although you could say that about the great majority of notable independent labels - they had acts that sold a lot more than the rest, and in doing so funded acts that were more of a gamble financially)
― it's-a me, irl (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:30 (five years ago) Permalink
I guess we'll never get any more new Craw, Harkonen, Cavity, Austerity Program, Keelhaul and Knut records now which is a huge shame.
I certainly hope not. There's nothing particularly challenging in the music of Keelhaul and their ilk; totally a place for them on the likes of Relapse, etc.
But I guess I'm also one of the hundred or so who got that last Craw record when it came out.
― wronger than 100 geir posts (MacDara), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:02 (five years ago) Permalink
Well, I was exaggerating a little! And I'm sure just being on HH gave Craw and the lower profile bands a certain added cachet. I know that Craw record in particular has gained in popularity as time passes. I guess it's really just my perspective. Everyone I used to know who listened to this type of stuff would have We Are The Romans and Jupiter in their collection but it seemed like I was the only one buying things like On The Lam and Challenger.
And DJ Mencap, your point is good, all labels do this subsidizing and HH certainly had tons of other risky one off things that I wasn't interested in like Logh and Mare or whatever. Hydrahead just seemed super consistent about it, even in recent years (a Circle record!!!) so it always stood out to me.
― liam fennell, Thursday, 13 September 2012 13:52 (five years ago) Permalink