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