Latest Flame Records http://www.latestflame.com/
Thanks to Dan from Latest Flame for taking the time to answer some questions.
Why start a label?
It was actually my friend Tony Olveda’s idea. We were playing in Crime & Judy at the time and getting around to recording and thought, “well…no-one will want to put this out so we may as well do our own thing and release it on our own label”. Around the same time we were playing w/Troubled Hubble, The Slats, etc and that made the decision to start a label even easier having friends whose music was completely inspiring. That was October 2002 when the first releases were made available, Troubled Hubble’s ‘Penturbia’ and The Response ‘The Six EP’.
What labels inspired you?
favorites for myself would have to be: Touch & Go, Dischord, Desoto
What is your goal and purpose as a label?
releasing music by bands we love and hopefully continuing to do so for a long, long time.
How do you find new artists?
from the start we’ve been lucky to have worked with some of our favorite bands and how that’s transpired mostly is from playing shows w/them. Crime & Judy played w/The Gunshy, Troubled Hubble, Response, and Wrecker so that led to those releases.
The Gunshy tours a ton and Matt came back from tour once recommending Brief Candles, then Hitch (which by proxy led to Nervous Curtains)
The Slats were adamant we go see The Dials and that led to releasing ‘Flex Time’
and IfIHadAHiFi has introduced me to more good bands then college radio practically! Waxeater, Trophy Wives, Police Teeth
most of the bands we work with want to release their albums on the LP format, and for me as a fan that’s great. vinyl was the standard when I was young and I loved it not just for the sound but the artwork always looks better (to me at least) on the 12”.
we always defer to the bands on what format they want to release on, so it will always be their call individually.
How important is packaging to you?
we leave it up to the bands how they want their LP’s presented, within our budget that is…I’d love to do more and have the large fold-outs and posters included but that’s just a bit beyond what we’re capable of at the moment
What are your future plans?
work work work, IfIHadAHiFi, Trophy Wives, Nervous Curtains, The Slats, System and Station, Police Teeth, Waxeater, etc
What are some of your go to records over the years?
recently, Both Bottomless Pit LP’s, Animal Lover 7”, Pregnant LP S/T, Breaking Circus “The Very Long Fuse” and “Ice Machine”
still can’t stop listening to Arcwelder’s “captain allen” 7”, Dis’ “Ed Was Solace” 7”, Die Kreuzen “Century Days” and “October File”, and lastly “fly by night” and “permanent waves” on LP
Final note from RAD Vinyl-I noticed a few of the new IfIHadAHiFi tracks are now up on their bandcamp page Check them out: http://ifihadahifi.bandcamp.com/