Rad Releases 20 – Breakfast Records
It’s that time once again, as the countdown to the end of 2020 rapidly approaches and we quickly want to move away from this year- we take a personal look back on familiar names, labels, promoters, and musicians’ best releases of the past 12 months. In what has been a challenging year for all, the one constant has been how artists and their labels have adapted and produced some of the best records of our time and it’s those releases that have the audience has depended on to get them through the year.
This year the Rad Releases special celebrates 10 years, to mark the decade-long feature we let our favorites take over the site to tell us the records that have kept them going throughout this trying year. Telling us how they’ve adapted, if they’ve returned to a loved record and what we can look forward to from them next year.
Our next takeover comes from another label we’ve admired this year. Breakfast Records are one of our most cherished UK DIY labels. Breakfast Records is an independent record label based in Bristol that specializes in releasing punk, indie and folk records. Throughout the year, the label has continued to use their platform to get their artists’ heard and the platform have introduced us to the likes of: Langkamer, they gave us Twisted Ankle’s debut, SANS, Slonk and more. We were also thrilled to welcome two of their releases to our store. We chat to Josh of Breakfast Records to discover more about the label and their year in music.
Top Five Releases of the Year
Twisted Ankle – Twisted Ankle
We’ve been huge fans of these guys for a few years now, and this long-awaited debut well and truly captures their wildly frenetic live shows. Genius musical slapstick atop astute social commentary, with some killer hooks to boot.
Half Stack – Wings of Love
A killer collection of chooglin’ tunes fresh outta California. This, our first transatlantic release, will always have a special place in our hearts. Beautiful country rock rhythms to soothe the soul.
Green Hands – Nebo’s Dream
The boy done good. One of our first collaborators from way back when, we were so stoked to work together again on this beautiful, heartfelt album. Mr Hans has poured so much love and craftsmanship into every bar. A rich, rewarding album – like gorging on a whole tray of Ferrero Rocher, only indie.
SLONK – Postman
Joe, just admit you could be a wicked postman! Ironically, shortly after the release of this song Joe did actually get a job as a postman. He’s the reason your christmas post hasn’t arrived yet, but don’t hold that against him, because this postie writes the most infectious refrains this side of heaven. Try not to sing along. Just try.
Various Artists – Breakfast in Bed
We put this release together remotely back at the start of the first lockdown. We were so stoked on everybody’s contributions. Some had demos lying around, but most went for a true DIY approach, recording at home because they literally weren’t allowed to leave the house. With that in mind, it’s an astounding collection of songs.
The Best Gig of the Year
Weird to think that we actually did put on shows this year, but casting our mind back to the first few months of the year we had some really special shows with Frank & Beans, Steve Buscemi’s Dreamy Eyes, Dogeyed, Rebecka Reinhard, Langkamer, SANS and Vinegar. Feels like a distant dream now though.
Has there been any record that’s got you through this year?
I’m continually inspired by all the records Joey Chestnut holds. The man is an eating machine. 75 hot dogs in 12 minutes? Incredible stuff.
How have you adapted with releasing/recording/promoting during this year?
It’s been tricky to promote the music this year, that’s for sure. Playing live is the single greatest tool an artist has at their disposal, and is imperative to help promote releases. I think fans have taken this into consideration though, and have gone out of their way to support artists in whatever way they can. Whatever the industry does, the success of music and musicians is always down to the fans, which is a beautiful thing when you think about it.
Best discovery this year?
I’ve recently discovered how satisfying music in three four can be.
Label Highlight of 2020
For me it’d probably be the Twisted Ankle album. Really feels like these guys have worked so hard for so long, and it’s satisfying to see a debut really come through with the goods. Creatively, these guys are in a league of their own. There is no other band like them.
As this is our 10th year of Rad Releases, we want to look back on your 10 years – has there been one standout moment / standout record of the past 10 years for you?
Well we’ve only been going as a label for four years, but ten years ago in 2010 Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP released the song We No Speak Americano and the game hasn’t been the same since.
Artist / Band to watch for 2021
We’re still trying to map out what next year will look like for us, but people would be well advised to keep a keen eye on SLONK and Langkamer.
Label Plans for the New Year
The day after the first Breakfest back in September 2019 we said ‘Right then, let’s get planning the next one’. Obviously we had to postpone it this year and that means when it finally happens – fingers crossed – in September 2021 it will have been two years in the pipeline, and that’s probably the longest I’ve ever looked forward to anything for.
Thank you so much Breakfast Records, we are excited to discover more from you.