Load Records’ founders and basically the people that run the whole thing, Ben and Laura, just announced on Facebook that after 24 years they are closing the label and moving on to other things.
Load were and are one of my favourite labels and are nearly single-handedly responsible for my interest in noise-rock and other experimental music, without which I wouldn’t have got into Not Not Fun Records, or even stuff like free jazz.
There was a time in the mid-noughties when I snapped up every release as soon as it came out and bought anything they put out without listening to it first, safe in the knowledge that whatever they put out would be excellent. I’ve mentioned a lot of Load bands in Best of Year lists and tracks have appeared as Earworms over the years too.
Here’s a quick mix of some of my favourite Load artists and releases (at least from what I could find on Youtube). RIP Load Records and thanks for the noise.
Lightning Bolt – 2Morro Morro Land
White Mice – Blassstphlegmeice
Noxagt – Svartevatn
The USA is a Monster – Cocaine Wedding
Ultralyd – Pink Mood
Sightings – Pitch of my Voice
Prurient – Apple Tree Victim