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Bruce Fitzhugh of Living Sacrifice: Be Like Bruce show art Bruce Fitzhugh of Living Sacrifice: Be Like Bruce

Labeled: "The Stories, Rumors, & Legends of Tooth & Nail Records"

Some say that Bruce Fitzhugh is the Godfather of Christian Metal and while he would resist that designation, he is certainly at minimum the driving force behind one of Solid State Records' first big successes as the lead vocalist and guitarist from Living Sacrifice. He also is credited as being central in the development of the heavy music scene that gave rise to a very positive culture that emerged in central Arkansas in the 90's, the national scene, and eventually the mainstream.     Pre-order / pre-save Lightworker’s "Fury By Failure," out June 12th ::  Follow...

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Nate Burke of Frodus: Lean Into What You’re Afraid Of show art Nate Burke of Frodus: Lean Into What You’re Afraid Of

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Frodus was a pioneer post hardcore band whose influence is larger than their footprint ever was. This important group was recognized early by Brandon and Tooth & Nail, who acquired  Frodus, a non-Christian from the 90’s DC punk scene that transitioned into the Tooth & Nail world as part of the recipe for the success of the scene we all know and love being built. These origins and early attractions to the  danger of music and new movements is something we all feel or felt at some point to varying degrees, but Nate particularly embodies that mindset  and...

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Josh Scogin: Do You Hear Something Beautiful? show art Josh Scogin: Do You Hear Something Beautiful?

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If there is are legends in this scene, Josh Scogin is one of them: frontman of Luti-Kriss, Norma Jean, The Chariot, and ‘68. Josh has played thousands of show, and from what we can all gather from our shared experiences of seeing them, and from scouring the internet, there appears to be not even a single moment in any of those thousands of shows where Josh is ever giving anything less than his whole self.    While the word “passion” can be overused and misunderstood, what people are talking about when they use the word, is what Josh Scogin performing ...

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Back to Indie show art Back to Indie

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Chapter 29   We have reached the final chapter of our series! We’ve seen both Tooth & Nail and the scene grow from being independent, in basements and obscurity, and grow until they were partnered with a giant corporation and had artists all over MTV and mainstream radio. Today we see how Tooth & Nail came full circle from all the mayhem and tied hands that came along with that, to once again become a true indie label.       SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE: MxPx "Chick Magnet" Starflyer 59 “Fell In Love at 22” Underoath “A Boy Brushed Red Living...

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The Classic Crime: Getting In at the Top of the Market show art The Classic Crime: Getting In at the Top of the Market

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Chapter 28   Matt MacDonald from The Classic Crime was not a first or second generation Tooth & Nail kid;  he and his band just happened to intersect with the label and the scene right near its peak. With their polished commercial sound, aspirations of mainstream success, a hotshot management team, and Tooth & Nail's partnership with EMI, upstreaming them into the big leagues seemed like a solid bet. The expectations were understandably high all around. Many special opportunities would come their way, but ultimately, the music industry and the indie scene had a few...

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Labeled Special: Vinyl and Physical Media show art Labeled Special: Vinyl and Physical Media

Labeled: "The Stories, Rumors, & Legends of Tooth & Nail Records"

Creator of Unoriginal Vinyl, Jason Zeimet, is an original Tooth & Nail kid and top-tier fan. Most top fans are also collectors of physical media, which Jason took to even higher level by re-creating vinyl of his favorite albums for Tooth & Nail Records. This episode is an introduction to Jason and the type of deep dive bonus content we’ll be doing in the Labeled Members group during the next phase of the Labeled Podcast!        MORE FROM TOOTH & NAIL: * Labeled: Music From The Podcast:  * DISCOVER IT: New Tracks from T&N Records:  * This Is...

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The Motivation of an Intern with the Responsibility of an Executive show art The Motivation of an Intern with the Responsibility of an Executive

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Chapter 27   Former Tooth & Nail employee, Derek Tenbusch, in many ways is a similar to Brandon Ebel.  Both got their start as low level employees of a record label in southern California, because of their love for music, and thought it would be satisfying to help good art thrive. Eventually both became dissatisfied with the limited scope of those around them and sought to do more. Only Derek didn’t come from the indie-punk Christian scene, he worked for the corporate giant that controlled Tooth & Nail and with whom Brandon was having conflict....

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The Big Pinch show art The Big Pinch

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Chapter 26   We have completed the ride to the top for the underground Christian punk and hardcore scene! Brandon, the label, and the artists, all had continued to grow and succeed for ten years, so now all we need to do is for everything to stay JUST as it is. Sounds easy - just don’t change anything. But we are all well acquainted with how the world works, and we  know the bad news in life is that nothing stays the same.   But perhaps that’s also the good news? It’s much easier for everyone to get along when the pie is growing, but as we move into the...

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Underoath: Don’t Fix It If It Ain’t Broke show art Underoath: Don’t Fix It If It Ain’t Broke

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Chapter 25   It was just over one year ago when we began this series and covered the formation of Tooth & Nail at the tiniest little trickle of house shows, Calvary Chapels, and community centers organized by people like Billy Power followed by the rise of Cornerstone with John Herrin as the scene began to emerge. We've traveled quite a long way to get here, and today we reach the high watermark. It's a couple of decades of community building, talent compiling, large technological leaps, an exploding genre, a sharp and well oiled indie label, the perfect band (Underoath), at the...

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Underoath: Kids From Florida show art Underoath: Kids From Florida

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Chapter 24 There is no question that Underoath is the biggest Christian heavy band of our scene. They completely broke the ceiling of what was assumed was possible beyond our scene, but what are all the factors that go into a landmark success story like that of Underoath? In a sense, this podcast so far is a list and account of many of those factors, or maybe it's just "They’re Only Chasing Safety" was directly born out of the Tooth & Nail culture. It was a perfect wave that had been built by thousands of people collaborating and supporting one another and as they grew and gained...

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Chapter 14

Today we continue on our early 2000’s journey with the very important and pivotal Anberlin (Stephen Christian).  I refer to Anberlin as pivotal, because they began as a pop punk band in the vein of late 90's Tooth & Nail, but made an image and musical pivot at just exactly the right time, along with a crop other emerging bands from the southeast, which in turn helped Tooth & Nail pivot and transition to a new era.  Tooth & Nail has just acquired Takehold Records and its founder, Chad Johnson, to be head of A&R, and his connections began to pay off.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

Anberlin “Feel Good Drag”
Ghoti Hook “Body Juggler”
Plankeye “Goodbye”
The Juliana Theory “We're at the Top of the World”
Further Seems Forever “The Moon Is Down”
Watashi Wa “Ten Years and Separating States”
SAGOH 24/7 “Days Of Our Lives”
Anberlin “Ready Fuels”
Anberlin “Foriegn Language”
Anberlin “Hello Alone”
Anberlin “Breaking”
Anberlin “Paperthin Hymn”

  

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