Brett Gurewitz formed Epitaph Records as a vehicle for releases by his band Bad Religion.[1] 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.[2]

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[3] and 100,000[4] 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


Rancid Reveals New LP ‘Honor Is All We Know’

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:

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