The simple façade of Will Butler’s Raleigh home does not betray the hardcore punk that foments just inside.
The 30-year-old Butler is an employee of N.C. State University, where he helps manage the school’s digital security. He lives in this cozy, three-bedroom house just outside of downtown Raleigh with his girlfriend, Brittany, and their dog, Barnabas. The exterior is emblematic of the American Dream, with a wooden fence running the length of the lawn and a brick stoop leading the way upward to twin planters.
photo by Adam David Kissick
But the Jetta in the driveway sports several bumper stickers—one advertises the brutal band Charles Bronson, and another proudly proclaims “Vegan.” That’s the only hint that, inside, the dual upstairs bedrooms serve as the operational hub for To Live A Lie Records, a decade-old stronghold for the most extreme offshoots of hardcore punk. Since 2005, Butler has built a strong catalog of grindcore, powerviolence and fastcore—subgenres whose very names suggest the damage the music intends to do.
One bedroom overflows with stacks of boxes filled with records or their accompanying sleeves. Each package is assembled, by hand, when orders arrive. The catalog includes bands from as far away as Australia and Japan; the people ordering them are as far-flung. The other room serves as an office and a storage facility for titles that Butler helps sell from other like-minded labels, again based around the world.
This year, Butler will release To Live A Lie’s 100th title, a 29-track survey featuring punk heavyweights like Weekend Nachos alongside relatively unknown locals such as Abuse. and the short-lived Mad Dog. Its strength, and the fact that a hobbyist label has survived to reach 100 albums, is a testament to the brand Butler has built and the care he has put into it.
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Milwaukee’s BEER CITY SKATEBOARDS AND RECORDS is proud to officially announce Feb 11th 2014 it will put out the 30th Anniversary CD reissue edition of the seminal early 80’s hardcore band ‘SUBURBAN MUTILATION’s- THE OPERA AIN’T OVER TILL THE FAT LADY SINGS!’
The CD reissue will contain the original full length (completly remastered!) plus 30 bonus tracks; many of them never before heard or released. The CD also comes with a huge booklet filled with art, lyrics, photos, show flyers and a history of the band. Written by SUBURBAN MUTILATION’s bassist/vocalist the illustrious REV NORB of ‘BORIS THE SPRINKLER’ and ‘Razorcake’ fame.
All you vinyl fans need not worry. A special ’30th Anniversary’ limited edition LP vinyl version will be released on April 19th for ‘Record Store Day’. It will come on red vinyl and be limited to 1000 copies.
This CD is part of the February new release booklet and can be preordered now.
Innerstrength Records has signed hardcore band LIFE FOR A LIFE from Palmdale, CA. Formed in 2010, LIFE FOR A LIFE has played shows with almost any well-known hardcore act you could think of. They’ve released two EPs, The Otherside and Identity. The Otherside was released through Outlast Records and Identity was self-released in the U.S. and released in Japan via Interact Records. 2014 will see the release of a CD/EP and 7″ through Innerstrength Records. Please check out their bandcamp at lifeforalife.bandcamp.com.
LIFE FOR A LIFE has an upcoming East Coast tour with VICE(Eulogy Records) from Staten Island.
2/26 Staten Island, NY @ The Full Cup
2/27 Syracuse, NY @ Badlands
2/28 Rochester, NY @ Bugjar
3/1 Toledo, OH @ Ottawa Tavern
3/2 Covington, KY @ The Donut Shop
3/3 Louisville, KY @ Haymarket Whiskey Bar
3/4 Nashville, TN @ The Owl Farm
3/5 Augusta, GA @ Sector 7G
3/7 Charlotte, NC @ TBA
3/8 Newport News, VA @ Mekos Skatepark
3/9 Baltimore, MD @ TBA
TOXIC HOLOCAUST & EXHUMED will tour Europe together in early 2014:
02/22 Bischofswerda GER @ East Club
02/23 Köln GER @ Underground
02/24 Nijmegen NL @ Merleyn
02/25 London UK @ Underworld
02/26 Nuneaton UK @ Queen’s Hall
02/27 Glasgow UK @ Ivory Blacks
02/28 Bridgend UK @ Hobo’s
03/01 Ieper BEL @ Ieper Winter Fest
03/02 Paris FR @ Glazart
03/03 Toulouse FR @ Le Saint des Seins
03/04 Bilbao ES @ Sala Sonora
03/05 Oporto PT @ Hard Club
03/06 Madrid ES @ Sala Lemon
03/07 Barcelona ES @ Sala Estraperlo
03/08 Montpellier FR @ Secret Place
03/09 Dornbirn AT @ Schlachthaus
03/10 Bologna IT @ Freakout
03/11 Aarau CH @ Kiff
03/12 Munich GER @ Feierwerk
03/13 Wien AT @ Arena
03/14 Leipzig GER @ Conne Island
03/15 Wroclaw PL @ Firlej
03/16 Berlin GER @ Magnet
03/17 Copenhagen DK @ Pumpehuset
03/19 Helsinki FI @ Nosturi
03/21 Stockholm SWE @ Püssy a Go Go / The Liffey
03/22 Oslo NOR @ Revolver
03/23 Gothenburg SWE @ Truckstop
03/24 Hamburg GER @ Hafenklang
03/25 Wiesbaden GER @ Schlachthof
HAVENSIDE premiered “Stronger Everyday” at New Noise magazine. The track is from their upcoming album “Living Our Darkest Days” which will be released on March 11, 2014
Welcome to the West Coast Tour with HAVENSIDE, LIONHEART & WARHOUND:
1/10 Reno, NV @ Jub Jubs
1/11 Las Vegas, NV @ 1955 N. Nellis
1/12 Albuquerque, NM @ Gasworks
1/14 Mesa, AZ @ The Underground
1/15 Ponoma, CA @ Aladdins JR
1/16 Santa Ana, CA @ Pirate Bar
1/17 Fresno, CA @ CYC Center
1/18 Walnut Creek, CA @ Redhouse Live
1/19 Davis, CA @ Rockband University