Ten Years of TLAL: Part I

The Early Early Years:

August marks ten years of running my label. I honestly don’t know how to start this post because as I’ve said time and time again, DIY has been a huge part of my life as soon as I discovered punk at the ripe age of 14. I loved skateboarding, I loved computers, I loved punk music and everything else didn’t matter as much. I got involved directly with DIY when I was 16 and I started a band with some of my friends I skated with, here is me on bass at a show I booked fifteen years ago:
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It took trial and error to establish ideas and ideals of DIY back in those days growing up in Winston-Salem. My band first tried recording ourselves but then realized we should pay and get legitimate recordings. We put out our own CDs, did our own merch, I did the website (which I resurrected from the Wayback Machine here: http://dbm.tolivealie.com/), booked our own shows, etc. During those days, the band was what mattered and people around town started to seem to be on board with us. We lost Philip on drums which was a huge bummer to me because he had been a childhood friend but I liked Phil on drums and near the end we lost Chris on vocals and our friend Will sang for one show. The band dissolved when we went off to college and that was the end of that era for me and for us.

The Early Years of TLAL:

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I became infatuated with vinyl when I was around that age and had a good slew of records but then I went off to college and DIY dripped away. I went to Virginia Tech and the house that had shows called the Solar Haus, had a show where people fell through their window a year before I was in town and the whole place got shut down so I tried to find punk and skateboarding where I could there but ultimately failed. I transferred to NC State and found DIY in the form of emotional hardcore locally and started a distro selling both punk records (Spazz, Charles Bronson, etc) and for the lack of a better word… screamo records (Orchid, Neil Perry, etc) under the name of Stronghold Distro. That connection with screamo lead me to meet the guys in Shitstorm throught their screamo band Tunes For Bears to Dance to. Those guys tried talking me into putting out a Tunes EP if I remember correctly and I wasn’t that sold on the idea but then there was talk of them starting a label and putting out a split between Godstomper and Magrudergrind which I had a major interest in. I remember talking to Avi shortly after I met him (went to see them at Charm City Art Space) and he got me jazzed on how it would help my distro to put out a record and trade records, I did and he was right. Actually that release I hardly traded it sold super well and went onto a second pressing. The label I put that out with showed me the ropes of record pressing and I think a lot of the early ethos I learned from these first releases and communicating with peers in bands and labels.

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From there I put out the Rhino Charge EP on my own with some help here and there from other label friends (Paul from Give Praise helped me get the covers printed up at his printing shop). I couldn’t believe it but I think between some Internet hype surrounding Rhino Charge, them getting the cover of the last issue of HeartttaCk, and the fact that Ebullition helped unload more than half of them onto the world… the first pressing sold out pretty quickly. Second pressing came out right around when the band broke up but it sold through steadily. I remember being so new to it that I asked my mom her advice and she told me to not put anything more into it that I wouldn’t mind never seeing again which was good advice. Honestly, looking back on it… Ebullition (the combined efforts of Kent and Lisa) had a profound affect on my label sustaining itself through the early years and I can’t thank those two enough.

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The last release of first year of my label was the Magrudergrind discography CD called 62 Trax of Thrash. I had no idea what to expect out of a CD release but we did our best to pack as much music into one place as we could and although Magrudergrind had only been a band for three years, they had a stockpile of songs and releases. This release was a three way co-release and I think we ended up doing two runs of 1000 so there are 2k of those beasts floating around. Putting out CDs is a different story but they are oh so swell to trade overseas when you can break them out of the jewel cases and ship them cheaply. Magrudergrind had always been super active and this was around the time when they started to go through some guitarist changes I believe but the guys were actively touring and had done some European/SE Asian trips. I never wanted to go out of my way to do a CD ever but my outlook has always been to put out releases that I myself would be stoked to own and the prospect of having all the early Mgrind stuff in one place was a major interest. I’m not sure this CD put me out there as a new label as much as the first two but it definitely got the name overseas and also into the hands of people where vinyl isn’t as accessible to them.

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Honestly the first year was a whirlwind. I was so amped on everything and I was so into making cool friend editions, and test press covers, and putting weird little inserts into each record. I drew on every mailer and usually taped weird pictures on them. It was a special time where everything was so new and exciting and every order was someone I wanted to communicate with and share with. Today is no different but the time I have to do those things is far more limited. Also at this time I lived at 1306 Flint Place, which was a super low rent house near NC State and people were always around and wanting to help out and be involved. Next door at 1304 Flint, they had shows pretty regularly but I will leave that for part 2 as that is further down the timeline.

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Sidetracked LP Recording Update

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Jay Tichy reporting in on the status of the new Sidetracked LP: The writing for the Sidetracked lp is complete. 28 songs were written and I am planning on using all of them. I’m just working on an order and to ensure the flow. The title “Hired Gun” will most likely not be used. As of now, there is no title, but there will be eventually. As for what you can expect, this won’t be our most chaotic release to date and there are quite a few songs that go along more at a hardcore pace as opposed to a fastcore pace, but worry not, there is still plenty of manic energy and enough short songs to keep the most impatient happy. This summer, we’re planning on recording a couple EP’s, then in the fall diving headfirst into the LP.

An update to that update: Plenty of Lack of Interest inspired chops as usual, along with songs that carry a Chain of Strength “Let Down” feel in the riffs. Some even hint at the off-kilter side of Double Negative. For 12 inch records, I always admired the way Extortion, Low Threat Profile, and Running for Cover came across on their long players. I don’t know if any of these were direct influences, but it definitely helped me maintain the spirit of “keep it all fast”. Only one song plods along at a slower pace (but it’s GOOD).

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TLAL 10 Year Anniversary Merch: shirts, enamel pins, and embroidered patches

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One new shirt to celebrate ten years of TLAL and the first shirt rebooted to show the humble beginnings (and also to remind everyone how awesome Disrupt was)

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Making a limited run of enamel buttons and embroidered patches too! See above. Fanciest TLAL merch to date (aside from keychains)

Also new stickers are getting made:
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TLAL 2015 Summer Releases

To bum some of you out, TLAL’s 2015 is looking pretty quiet. In that same sense I’m excited to say that some of my favorite labels are picking up some of my slack… Deep Six will be doing the next Cave State EP and A389 will be doing the Sex Prisoner full length. Good news is while not producing as much as I have in the past, I will be putting out some heavy hitters in 2015 and 2016.

Very next release I have on the books is Greensboro, NC’s own Holder’s Scar with their debut EP. Holder’s Scar plays intense hardcore punk with no remorse and no gimmicky breakdowns:

 

Shortly after this EP, TLAL will be releasing Backslider‘s discography on CD.

 

Last for the near future will be a repress on purple picture disc of the ACxDC discography LP


Later in 2015 be sure to be on the lookout for:

TLAL106 – Rabid Pigs – Spoiled Heat LP
TLAL108 – Sidetracked – Hired Gun LP
TLAL110 – Water Torture – TBA LP
TLAL111 – Impulse – Burning Points 7″

 

New releases: The Afternoon Gentlemen EP and Sixbrewbantha new LP

TLAL107 – The Afternoon Gentlemen – Grind In The Mind 7″

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Three songs in seven minutes of booze-soaked grind-violence from Leeds, UK. This is the true NWOBPJPV (new wave of British power joogle pogger violence. US Pressing, cover colors vary.

Buy EP Here

TLAL109 – Six Brew Bantha – Intraveniously Commodified LP

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Six Brew Bantha, along with Archagathus, have been the leaders of the Western Canadian Grind Campaign for World Domination. They’ve been touring constantly, releasing killer records constantly, and honing their craft of ‘blurring grindcore’ to a razor-sharp edge. This second LP is their most refined and matured work to date.

The songs got a little longer, but don’t be scared (I know I was until I actually listened to them). The blurring aspects and chaotic arrangements that made me fall in love with Six Brew Bantha are still the primary aspects of their sound, only now the songs have enough meat on their bones to become memorable and powerful statements in and of themselves. With incredibly tight and precise playing caught with a powerful, hard-hitting production, the record captures an ideal Six Brew Bantha at an ideal setting.

Buy LP Here

To Live A Lie Records Ten Year Anniversary Fest – The Aftermath








TLAL Ten Year Anniversary Show

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Sex Prisoner
Heavy powerviolence band from Tucson, AZ. They played TLAL Fest last year and made the front of the Indy. FFO Weekend Nachos, MITB, and moshing.

Genocide Pact
Bolt Thrower-esque death metal from featuring ex-Raleigh NC resident Connor Donnegan and members of the DC grind band Disciples of Christ.

Torch Runner
Greensboro crushing blackened hardcore band with a brand new release on Southern Lord. Evil downtuned hardcore with lots of blastbeats.

Nice Price Books, 3106 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC
1/15/2015 – 9PM – $7 – ALL AGES – BYOB – BE NICE

Sissy Spacek – West Coast 2014

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Dec 2014
• 12.07.14 – w/ GX Jupitter-Larsen Damion Romero, AMK, Leah Peah, Unica @ Pehrspace – Los Angeles, California 8:30pm, $5
• 12.13.14 – w/ Kid 606 @ Piper Alpha House – Val Verde, California
•12.20.14 – Gilgongo 10 Year Anniv. w/ Cherie Cherie, Mallevs, James Fella @ Trunk Space – Phoenix, Arizona
•12.27.14 – w/ Damion Romero, TBA @ Human Resources – Los Angeles, California
More info: http://gorejet.com

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Curmudgeon – Euro Tour 2014

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CURMUDGEON EURO TOUR 2014:

26.11 – @ Kopi – BERLIN, GERMANY- https://www.facebook.com/events/1500656696877259/
27.11 – AK44 Gießen – Gießen, DE
28.11 – @ Iqbal Masih – BOLOGNA, ITALY – https://www.facebook.com/events/335424719973735/
29.11 – @ CSOA Spartaco – ROME, ITALY – https://www.facebook.com/events/958551217494436/
30.11 – @ Foa Boccaccio – MILAN, ITALY – https://www.facebook.com/events/1565863450299516
1.12 – @ Oetinger Villa – DARMSTADT, GERMANY – https://www.facebook.com/events/642902902493774/
2.12 – HELP!!
3.12 – @ Antwerp Music City – ANTWERP, BELGIUM – https://www.facebook.com/events/385728238242099/
4.12 – @ De Onderbroek – NIJMEGEN, NETHERLANDS – https://www.facebook.com/events/1564606730434277/
5.12 – @ Potemkin – BIELEFELD, GERMANY – https://www.facebook.com/events/979695412045937/
6.12 – @ G18 – BREMEN, GERMANY – https://www.facebook.com/events/1497737567156135

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Magrudergrind – South American Tour 2014

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:: MAGRUDERGRIND ::
South America Tour 2014

21 Nov – Bogotá,Col@ Sala Cadillac
https://www.facebook.com/events/825879440769989/?fref=ts

22 Nov – Lima,Per@ El Local
https://www.facebook.com/events/1464456073799220/

23 Nov – Santiago,Chi@ arena recoleta
https://www.facebook.com/events/327557564065736/?fref=ts

25 Nov – Buenos Aires, Arg@ Speed King
https://www.facebook.com/events/1450428121876009/?fref=ts

26 Nov – Leme,Sp@ Kaiowas Moto Clube
https://www.facebook.com/events/1519074118304072/?fref=ts

27 Nov – Santos,Sp@ Central do Brasil
https://www.facebook.com/events/788797571184215/?fref=ts

28 Nov – Rio de Janeiro,Rj@ Planet Music
https://www.facebook.com/events/1473930642892273/?fref=ts

29 Nov – Itabira,Mg@ Bar do Vec
https://www.facebook.com/events/702166213154628/?fref=ts

30 Nov – São Paulo,Sp@ Clash Club
https://www.facebook.com/events/803249446381649/?ref=ts&fref=ts

01 Dez – Fortaleza,Ce@Beach Club
https://www.facebook.com/events/326553310860108/?fref=ts

03 Dez – Natal,Rn@ Spazzio Grab
https://www.facebook.com/events/315390858585555/?fref=ts

04 Dez – Goiania,Go@ Diablo Pub
https://www.facebook.com/events/347038875454466/?fref=ts

05 Dez – Brasilia,Df@ América rock Club
https://www.facebook.com/events/1492594760991657/?fref=ts

06 Dez – Belém,Pa@ Grinderagi 4
https://www.facebook.com/events/289813751197868/?fref=ts

Infos>> xaninhodiscosfalidos@gmail.com

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