Arson during rioting in the UK threatens the future of Independent labels
On monday August 8th a fire started deliberately during rioting in North London destroyed a three-storey, 20,000 square-metre building in Enfield, owned by Sony DADC and holding stock to be distributed by the Pias Group.
The fire will potentially impact labels such as Domino, as well as film production companies with DVD stock. Pias is the UK’s largest independent sales, marketing and distribution company.
Loose records and SO Recordings, the supplier of many of my favorite alt and Americana acts in the 90’s and label for outstanding Danny and The Champs, The Dawes and The Arlenes, (support the latest Arlenes kickstarter campaign here) are among many labels facing potential ruin.
You can support the to record labels directly by visiting recordlabellove.com or cognitivedissonancerecords.com/labellove. A full list of all these labels can be found here. Go treat yourselves to some of their records, spend a little money on some great music. If there’s nothing specific you recognize try some of the excellent Loose compliations that have come out over the years in the Loose shop. Sadly, while stocks last.
Neville Elder is a photographer, writer and leader of the folk rock band Thee Shambels. He lives in New York City
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