10/02/17 - I Just Can't Even, But I'm Gonna Try
This past year has been incredibly hard. Not just from a
record label standpoint, but as a human being. Everything good that's
happened feels tainted by all the horrible things that have come to pass -
and there has been no shortage of horrible going around; today is certainly
no exception. I have found it incredibly difficult to focus on record label
business as it seems so low on the list of what's really important in my
life and the world at large. But every now and again I get reminded of the
immense life-changing and maybe even life-saving joy, relief, and comfort I
have found in music in the past. These reminders serve as a call to action;
to continue putting out records with music that might provide those same
life-affirming positive emotions or reassurances that there is still beauty
in the world to those out there that really need it right now. And that's
where my headspace is right now.
It's Alive Records has introduced me to so many incredible people all over
the world. My relationships with them have changed me and my worldview in so
many ways. Working with friends to put collaborative artistic creations into
the hands, heads, and hearts of friends-to-be has been one of the greatest
experiences of my life. I want to feel that connection again. I need to feel
that connection again! So I choose to press on.
The next six releases are very intentional in every way. Some of these
releases are collaborations with friends from distant parts of the planet
who make music or make records that we love. In a world that seems to be
more and more divided over nationalism, race, and ethnicity, I am determined
to continue partnering with these friends from far off places. One world one
love might sound like some hippie garbage to you, but I'm all about it and
so is this record label. Some of these releases are from bands that include
women as members; a gender long under-represented in punk rock. I want to
continue putting out as many awesome records as possible by bands that
aren't made up entirely of men. Again, the more diverse we are as a scene or
anything else, the stronger and healthier we will be. And finally, all of
these releases are built upon music that I love and appreciate on so many
levels. When It's Alive first started nearly 15 years ago we used to use the
slogan, "Taking back what's ours one record at a time." The 'what' in
question was pop punk, and it's still got a bad reputation in punk rock. So
here we go again, doing our best to take it back.
Please check out what I have to say about each of these first three new
releases by clicking on the cover art image below. From there you can also
stream the entire album. If you like what you hear, you can buy it digitally
from the link or any of the usual digital retailers. And if you want to own
the music on a physical format, head over to the store page. We couldn't do
any of this without your direct support.
The next three releases are coming late 2017 or early 2018. They're gonna be
The Stupid Daikini,
Bachelor. Stayed tuned for news here and on our
And as always, please help spread the word whenever, however you can.
Thanks for doing your part of keeping It's Alive alive!