Swedish hardcore band Refused have announced additional North American tour dates this summer. In addition to their Spring headlining tour, the band will be…Read More
Brett Gurewitz formed Epitaph Records as a vehicle for releases by his band Bad Religion. Its first release for the label was Bad Religion’s 1981 self-titled EP, followed by their debut How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, which was also the label’s first full-length release. Also released during this period was Peace thru Vandalism, an EP by The Vandals, who were the first band besides Bad Religion to sign to Epitaph. Two more Bad Religion releases followed – Into the Unknown and the EP Back to the Known – before their temporary split. After Gurewitz had cleaned up his drug issues, both Epitaph and Bad Religion were revived in 1987. In the following year, Epitaph released its first record as a proper label, which was L7’s self-titled album, and it was distributed by Chameleon. Also in 1988, Bad Religion released Suffer, which was both released and distributed by Epitaph. Not only is Suffer often cited as one of the band’s best by fans, but it is credited with “saving” the Southern California punk rock scene by fans and Bad Religion’s contemporaries alike.
In 1989, Gurewitz signed NOFX to his label. They released their Epitaph debut S&M Airlines that same year, featuring the video for its title track and the cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way”, which featured guest vocals by Gurewitz and Greg Graffin, who is also a member of Bad Religion. Following this were the release of Bad Religion’s next two albums – No Control and Against the Grain – which sold 60,000 and 100,000 copies respectively.
By 1993, more punk acts had signed to Epitaph, including Pennywise, Down by Law, Coffin Break, The Offspring, Rancid, R.K.L., SNFU, Total Chaos and Claw Hammer. Epitaph’s expansion saw the label relocate to new offices in Silver Lake
West Coast neo-punk twins, moonlighting models and provocateurs The Garden are set to release their new album Haha via Epitaph/Burger Records on October 9….Read More
It’s a funny world we live in, one where the online metal community can rally behind the arrival of a “metal-as-fuck” Burger King sandwich…Read More
West Coast neo-punk twins, moonlighting models and provocateurs The Garden are set to release their debut album proper via Epitaph/Burger Records on October 9th,…Read More
Refused is streaming their performance at Open’er Festival in Poland, today at 2:30 PM PST / 5:30 PM EST at officialrefused.com. This week the…Read More
Refused are have returned. The Iconic Swedish hardcore band are releasing Freedom their first new album in 17 years on June 30 via Epitaph….Read More
Desaparecidos have announced that that will release their first new album in 13 years, Payola, on June 23. They have shared the first new…Read More
Epitaph has announced that Desaparecidos have signed to the label for an album to be released in 2015. Desaparecidos is a rock band featuring…Read More
The Sidekicks have announced that they will tour next year in support of their new album, Runners in the Nerved World, out January 20…Read More
Columbus, Ohio band The Sidekicks has shared a video for their new song called “Jesus Christ Supermalls” The band will release their new album…Read More
The Sidekicks is a band from Columbus, Ohio and they will release their new album Runners in the Nerved World on January 20 via…Read More
Rancid will release their new album titled …Honor Is All We Know on October 27 on Hellcat / Epitaph Records. Honor Is All We Know is Rancid’s eighth studio album and was produced by Bad Religion guitarist and Epitaph CEO Brett Gurewitz. The album is the follow up to their 2009 Hellcat / Epitaph release:Read More