Hydra Head Records Closes Shop - Idol Threat: Warning Shots at the Mainstream


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Hydra Head Records Closes Shop

Another one bites the dust.  The home for Gridlink, Harvey Milk, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Old Man Gloom, Jesu and more becomes another label casualty of the dying music industry.  Hydra Head Records was founded in 1993 by Aaron Turner (Isis, House of Low Culture, Twilight) and was based in Boston, Massachusetts and later relocated to Los Angeles, California.  The label also housed two imprints; Hydra Head Noise Industries & Tortuga Records, and for almost 2 decades they released tons of high quality albums from giants of the heavy and experimental music scenes. Below is an excerpt from their press release - you can read the full text at the link at the bottom of the post where there is also a link to buy stuff to help them get through their debts and final release responsibilities:

"The decision to pull the plug has not been an easy one, and in some ways is a not a choice at all. The simple fact of the matter is we've been running on empty for a while now and cannot afford to keep our doors open for much longer. Years of imbalance between creative ideals and financial realities, personal problems amongst the label operators, an unwillingness to compromise our aesthetic standards, a tendency towards releasing challenging (i.e. unmarketable) artists, and the steady decline of the music industry in general, are amongst the chief reasons for our inability to continue. It is a harsh but undeniable reality, and one which we are attempting to confront with as much integrity and grace as is afforded by the circumstances."

Read the full Press Release Here: hydraheadlines.blogspot.com

Buy Here: bluecollardistro.com/hydrahead/

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