Here's a little something to get you all amped up before the Team USA game today: Noisey has written an article ranking Drive Thru Records' releases from bad to really bad. The label's co-founder, Stephanie Reines, weighed in with her thoughts, of course:
This is a GREAT tribute! The list of “worst” bands on our shitty-ass label reminds me JUST HOW GOOD our bands were and still are. Many of them still touring with fanbases bigger than ever! Fuck, me & Richard Reines have such good taste in music. And our branding was good enough to stand the test of time. They’re STILL talking about DTR 15+ years later. Bottom line: DTR AND OUR BANDS RULE! Hey, so does our former staff!
Drive-Thru Records had an unbelievable roster in their prime, but one band that went criminally overlooked was Day at the Fair. The New Jersey pop punk group's 2005 effort, The Rocking Chair Years, is making its vinyl debut on September 17th via Broken Heart Records. In addition to the original album and several bonus tracks, there is also a limited edition lathe cut available only in a bundle. It features "Broken," which is one of the first songs the band ever recorded but was never released. Head to the replies or the band's AP.net profile to listen to the track and be brought back to the golden age of pop punk.
Soundsupply has released its latest drop. This one is a special edition drop in partnership with Drive-Thru Records. In the digital-drop-guide there's an interview with Drive-Thru founder Stefanie Reines -- where she hints at the possibility of getting the old gang back together.
After 5 years, Richard and I seemed to have found the inspiration and desire to start again. For some reason we love to prove ourselves. The most exciting thing for us is to take something from nothing, and build it. That’s what we did with our label. It’s what we did with every band on our label. Now we’re getting the itch to do it again. We may not call it "Drive-Thru Records," but something is brewing!
Drive-Thru Records owners Richard and Stefanie Reines have applied for a $250,000 grant and will relaunch the label if they receive it. In order to be eligible, they must get 250 votes in 24 hours. Head here, click Support and search for Drive Thru Records (no hyphen) to vote.
The Stellar Life is currently recording its debut album slated to be released on Drive Thru Records. I spoke with co-owner Richard Reines today and while the label will not be coming back like people may hope, he said they have things in the works but did not specify.
Gotta say, yesterday's discussion about the Drive-Thru Records' generation was one of the best moments I've had on the website in a long time. Talking with so many people that experienced similar things, hearing the stories, listening to the music again at the exact same moment I knew others were ... it was one of those days that really solidifies why I run a music website. Hearing from all the bands and people involved in the label, via twitter, email, facebook, and in the thread -- it was a special day. Just wanted to say thank you to everyone that participated in it. Lots of stuff coming up today, so I've unstickied it - but the conversation is still going on.
Chances are, if you're over drinking age and you've been visiting this website for a while ... you're part of what I'm coining the Drive-Thru Records generation. For a large group of us - this label defined a good portion of our formative years. Reading over the past couple threads about the label showcases just what an attachment so many of us had with this label and their bands. This connection is part of the reason I think so many people are confused about just what the fuck happened to a label that seemed on top of their game. And there's obviously an emotional attachment to the music. These were the records that defined our lives. The albums that became the soundtracks to...
As one of Drive-Thru Records' initial signees, Allister had the distinction of being one of the first in a long line of bands that assisted in introducing the new era of the indie-label craze that SoCal pop-punk helped create (we all remember Epitaph's early success). Their debut, Dead Ends and Girlfriends, is a classically-themed pop-punk album that paid homage to both pioneers like Descendants and modern-day prophets like blink-182. Before their 2007 demise, Allister continued to grow as snot-nosed pop-punkers who loved to play loud & fast, sang about girls (and why they suck) and even alcoholism. If you were a fan, come share your memories with us, and if you're new to Allister, feel...
Say No More have made two new songs, "Long Drive Home" and "This is Our Way," available for streaming on their myspace profile. The tracks are set to appear on the act's Drive-Thru Records debut, What You Thought You Knew, which is due out on October 30th via the label.
Steel Train have made "I Feel Weird" available for streaming on their myspace profile. The track is taken from the group's upcoming effort, Trampoline, which is scheduled for release on October 16th via Drive-Thru Records.
Socratic have launched an exclusive, tour-only pre-order for their forthcoming, full-length effort, which is scheduled to see release next February courtesy of Drive-Thru Records. The album, in addition to a free t-shirt of your choice, will be available at any of the group's upcoming performances. The quintet are currently touring in support of their latest offering, Just Turn, which is available for free via the label.
Steel Train are offering fans an exclusive look at the making of their new album, Trampoline, which is scheduled for release on October 16th courtesy of Drive-Thru Records. The footage can be seen in the replies.
Steel Train have made "Alone on the Sea" available for streaming on their myspace profile. The track is taken from the group's upcoming effort, Trampoline, which is scheduled for release on October 16th courtesy of Drive-Thru Records.
Steel Train have made a clip of a new song entitled "Black Eye" available for streaming on their myspace profile. The track is set to appear on the group's forthcoming effort, Trampoline, which is scheduled for release on October 16th courtesy of Drive-Thru Records.
Steel Train have made a new song entitled "Alone on the Sea" available for streaming online right here. The track is set to appear on the group's forthcoming release, Trampoline, which is scheduled to hit shelves on October 16th via Drive-Thru Records.
I am the Avalanche have made a b-side entitled "Summertime Rivington Vibe" available for streaming on their myspace profile. The track was cut from the group's self-titled release, which hit shelves in 2005 courtesy of Drive-Thru Records.
New Found Glory's new single, "Kiss Me," is now up for voting on Fuse's Oven Fresh. The track is taken from the group's forthcoming release, From the Screen to Your Stereo Part 2, which is scheduled for release tomorrow, September 18th via Drive-Thru Records.
Forrest Kline, vocalist for Hellogoodbye, has announced plans to convert his garage into a personal recording studio. While the project is only initially underway, you can view a handful of pictures documenting the project at the group's official website. The pop quartet are currently touring in support of their latest release, Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!, which is available now via Drive-Thru Records.
New Found Glory have launched a full-album stream in support of their highly-anticipated, upcoming release, From the Screen to Your Stereo Part 2, on their myspace profile. The album is scheduled for release on September 18th via Drive-Thru Records.
Steel Train will release Trampoline on October 16th courtesy of Drive-Thru Records. The album artwork can be found in the replies. We'll be bringing you the ABSOLUTExclusive premiere of "I Feel Weird" in the near future.
1. I Feel Weird
2. Black Eye
4. Alone on the Sea
6. Kill Monsters in the Rain
7. A Magazine
8. Diamonds in the Sky
9. Women I Belong To
10. I've Let You Go
11. School is for Losers
12. Leave You Traveling
Josh Wiseman, lead guitarist for The Pilot was the victim of an accident this weekend, and has suffered severe, undisclosed injuries, though he is expected to make a full recovery. The group are currently working to launch PayPal account, from which they will accept donations to aid in the payment of Josh's medical bills.
Drive-Thru Records have launched a promotional trailer in support of the forthcoming New Found Glory and Senses Fail co-headlining tour, on which the pair will feature support from Set Your Goals, Bedlight for Blue Eyes, Dr. Manhattan and A Cursive Memory. You can find the video in the replies.
At the Ace Enders show in Pittsburgh, PA he announced The Early November DVD will be released January 9, and told fans to expect a b-sides CD from the band this Winter. He also mentioned his new band will be on Drive-Thru Records, and they're planning an upcoming tour with Steel Train.
Lastly, Enders told everyone to come visit AbsolutePunk.net and join the site.
In celebration of being released from his Drive-Thru Records contract, Mike Saffert, ex-Hidden In Plain View, is planning a rooftop BBQ at his apartment in Brooklyn on Labor Day Weekend for all friends and family. Check out his new band, The Farm League, on myspace.
Drive-Thru Records is looking for a new graphic designer. You must be fluent in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, and HTML is a plus. Designer will be responsible for album art, promotional materials, website design, banner ad creation, and other general day-to-day design. To apply, please email your resume and samples of your work and/or a portfolio URL and contact information to email@example.com.
You can watch two video updates from Say No More in the replies. The band are currently writing and recording for their sophomore, full-length release, which is expected to hit shelves at a later date via Drive Thru Records.
Watch as An Angle's Kris Anaya performs "Come On, Come On" acoustically for a purevolume exclusive session. The track is taken from the group's long-awaited full-length release, The Truth is that You are Alive, which is available in stores now via Drive Thru Records.