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A Time of Transition and the Rise of Solid State Records

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

Release Date: 05/16/2019

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

Chapter 17 Showbread is one of the bands that was able to follow in the footsteps of the bands who pioneered the music scene that we all love. There was a very special time when the market was not overcrowded with touring musical acts, but the scene was established enough that there was a great hunger for independent and expressive music. If you had a message, some talent, and were really willing to sacrifice, you could be a touring band. Even without a label or fans, you could get shows and win fans. And if you did that, perhaps a label would notice. It was a very open-minded and supportive...

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

Chapter 16 KJ-52 is a Christian rapper who struggled to get his career off the ground in the 90’s after being rejected by his dream label and dropped early on by a major label and then found his home among the rest of us punk, DIY and hardcore folks.  KJ embodies many of the same values that we often discuss here but his music fit much better in the BEC and CCM worlds so he is a terrific individual to help us understand the similarities and differences in that world and the one we spend most of our time in. BEC recordings is the CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) leaning imprint of...

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

Chapter 15 Today's episode is intended to give you an inside and personal perspective on Tooth & Nail, Brandon Ebel, and the music scene as the label grew into its 2000’s dominance. Anneka Winters was an accountant at Tooth & Nail Records from 1998 to 2004, but she was much more than just an accountant. She assisted and worked with Jim Worthen and also became Brandon's Personal Assistant, she lived in a communal house with other Tooth & Nail employees, and she was around through the biggest staff and culture change in the company, driven in part by the merger with EMI, the shift...

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

Wolves at the Gate is band that very much continues the tradition and follows in the sonic footsteps of Solid State Records and the era of Underoath, Beloved, Dead Poetic, and As Cities Burn; none of whom are currently making this particular style of music. The approach is being deep, heavy, brutal singing and screaming with a strong spiritual component that gives weight to the music. Steve Cobucci is the guitarist, writer, singer, and lyricist for the band along with screamer Ben Summers. Steve is a terrific musician and person whose ministry-driven approach to his art makes him fit nicely in...

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

Oh, Sleeper is a special band on the Solid State roster, and a truly unique metal band. They very much embody the DIY ethic and artistic zone of the Christian punk/hardcore scene, but the members didn't come up as Tooth & Nail punk and hardcore kids like many guests on this show. Frontman Micah Kinard explains on this Labeled special that they come more from the mainstream mall metal and nu metal scene until he discovered our culture beginning with Norma Jean. We also cover in detail Oh, Sleepers new album, Bloodied/Unbowed and get a direct look into the meaning, message, and personal...

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

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

Chapter 13 We now continue to move into the 2000’s era of Tooth & Nail Records. Brandon has sold half of the company to EMI and has purchased and absorbed Takehold Records, which brought its founder Chad Johnson on staff. Heavy music was continuing to explode, but also, in keeping with the Tooth and Nail style, Brandon and the staff continued to try to break and include a very wide variety of artists, including a very happy and poppy rock outfit from San Luis Obispo, CA, called Watashi Wa. Fronted by yet another young man who grew up as a Tooth & Nail kid, Seth Roberts joins Labeled...

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

Chapter 12 Demon Hunter’s origin story is shrouded in mystery and there are no shortage or rumors. Some that we will confirm today. Now that we have a good background knowledge or Ryan Clark Jon Dunn, Brandon, and the Tooth and Nail Culture at the time, the stage is set for this fun story. We continue where we left off 2 weeks ago, and also cover the continuation of the EMI merger, and the rewards that would come from taking some serious risks.   *Pre-order Wolves At The Gate’s “ECLIPSE”, out July 26th: http://watg.lnk.to/pre*   https://labeledpodcast.com/ Support Labeled on...

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

August Burns Red is one of the Labeled listeners' favorite Tooth and Nail/Solid State bands, and statistically, that's not surprising. They have sold, get this, over 2 million records. It would be no understatement to say they are one of the most successful acts that ever came out of this scene. So to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the landmark album Constellations, I thought it would be great to see how they got into the Tooth and Nail culture in the first place, and connect the dots from the tiny house shows and basements that laid the groundwork and infrastructure that August Burns...

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

Chapter 11 Tooth and Nail had been sowing seeds and developing a culture of the better part of a decade when EMI acquired half of the company. Now, not only were they financially empowered, but their own culture was beginning to pay dividends. Kids that had been fans and following the label closely, now began to feed back into the system. This episode is a look at what it means to have been a first generation Tooth and Nail Kid, aspiring to participate in the culture you loved.   SPONSOR LINK: Zip Recruiter: ziprecruiter.com/LABELED   https://labeledpodcast.com/ Support Labeled on...

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Chapter 10

By the year 2000, EMI Records had been pursuing Tooth and Nail to buy half of the company and was already doing its distribution. New genres were emerging, Tooth and Nail was moving offices and the staff was beginning to undergo major changes as well. Solid State Records was gaining momentum with acts like Living Sacrifice and Zao as heavy music was becoming more widely accepted. Roy Culver, who worked for EMI was hired and moved to Seattle to be the first Solid State employee and its A&R.  Roy explains what the time of transition was like from his view and recounts stories of Solid State's successes and difficulties.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

Living Sacrifice "Reborn Empowered"
Living Sacrifice "Rejected"
Zao "Kathleen Barbra"
Norma Jean "Face"
The Agony Scene "We Bury Our Dead at Dawn"
Living Sacrifice "Imminent War"
Stretch Arm Strong "For the Record"
Eso-Charis "Born with a Future"
Extol "Undeceived"
Darkthrone "As Flittermice as Satans Spys"
Selfmindead "Always"
Norma Jean "Created Something out of Nothing, Only to Destroy"

 

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