From The Desk Of The Brian Jonestown Massacre‘s Anton Newcombe: “I was asked to be a guest editor for MAGNET, one of the few publications I still respect since it was founded, so kudos for that. I was told I could write about anything in the world that interests me. So I am going to focus on the rebirth of the do-it-yourself music labels. Just like me and my own label, A Recordings, they have a strong belief system about releasing vinyl. I wanted to present seven labels and what they are up to right now. My questions were very simple: Who are you, what made you want to buck the trends, and what inspired you to release physical products. Enjoy.”
Newcombe: PNKSLM Recordings …
Luke Reilly: Me and my old bandmate, William Knight, started PNKSLM Recordings on Jan. 1, 2013. We used to throw parties in London under the same name, and always talked about doing a label. Then I when I moved from London to Stockholm, I came across this band called Sudakistan (who I’ll discuss below); they were literally the best live band I’d seen in years, so we did their debut seven-inch as our first release. Then I guess as soon as we realized it wasn’t rocket science from the first release, we started picking up more and more friends stuff to release. It was supposed to be a “side project” for fun, but it’s taken over my entire life right now. I’m trying to release as much on vinyl as possible; last year was our first year, and we manged to get four vinyl release out then, but by the end of this year we will have released at least 10.
Sudakistan is a group of five South American guys all living in Stockholm. They play really upbeat psych rock, but with a heavy Latino sound. I often refer to them as the best live band around today. I did their first seven-inch single, and we have a new seven-inch coming out right as we host the PNKSLM stage at Liverpool Psych Fest. Then early next year, I release their debut LP, which was actually produced by Jocke Åhlund.
Video after the jump.