It’s crazy. The end of another year is upon us. So much has gone on behind and on the scenes over here I don’t even know where to begin.
THE MOVE: It’s complete. The warehouse is now located in my basement. This is good for everyone, now I can be around my family at night/on weekend AND ship orders out every day instead of only having one day a week to make it happen. Expect faster turnaround in 2016 and thank you ALL for your patience during the brutal transition / move that took an entire month.
PS: CHOKEHOLD BOXSETS ARE SHIPPING THIS WEEKEND!!!
THE WEBSITE: It’s a mess. I know it. So much stock has shuffled in and out, we’re beginning to go through and clean it all up once we finish unpacking this weekend. Expect a more streamlined shopping experience and we’ll go back to stocking the distro as well now that we’re settled in. We also found a ton of fun / rare stuff/pressings we’ll be updating. Who knows, perhaps the fabled pressing info books will finally be shared. Maybe not. We’ll see
THE PRICING. Our overhead has changed. We don’t have the warehouse anymore, expect prices to adjust a bit in your favor. Should also note a bunch of stuff was reduced for the move and will be reset to regular pricing as we update so it’s your last chance to scour for some deals.
2015 was an interesting one. Faced my own mortality a bit and working so much just caught up with me. I love doing A389 more than anything. I love my home-life more than anything. I love my day job. In an effort to keep all three constantly going I was deteriorating physically and mentally so things had to change. And they have.
We did put out a few great records in 2015, but in this over-saturated climate it’s easy to forget so let me remind you for your own reference.
CHOKEHOLD Content With Dying (Reissue)
CHOKEHOLD Prison Of Hope (Reissue)
CHOKEHOLD (Self Titled Compilation)
FULL OF HELL & MERZBOW Full Of Hell & Merzbow 12″
FULL OF HELL & MERZBOW Sister Fawn 12″
GENOCIDE PACT Forged Through Dominaton 12″/CD
ILSA The Felon’s Claw 2×12″ / CD
IN COLD BLOOD Blind The Eyes 7″
IRON REAGAN Spoiled Identity 12″
NOISEM Blossoming Decay 12″ / CD
Plus a few random tapes / flexis by FOH, NOISEM and CHOKEHOLD.
We got NOISEM on the cover of DECIBEL MAGAZINE
Plus I joined INTEGRITY on guitar too.
Pretty solid year.
FINANCIAL RECON: While spending years steamrolling forward much label debt was accrued. Luckily it’s not missing money, it was just sitting there in the form of inventory/records stuff we didn’t have time to push hard since I was getting to A389 once a week and if I missed that day it was two weeks etc… Basically I had a warehouse full of cool records and no time to sell them and the invoices caught up the the records.
We never had to be wimps and make a kick-starter, we just put our heads down and went to work knocking out more than half of a debt that would have left most crying like babies. (We being myself, Jenn and Superior Alex). You guys saw great deals and cool items and we were able to start getting things under control.
Unfortunately it left A389 between a rock and hard place when it came to the bigger releases we had slated for the second half of 2015. There was simply no time or energy and our resources were stretched thin. Thankfully we have a lot of great friends at other great labels such as RELAPSE RECORDS, DEEP SIX, RSR and SOUTHERN LORD who stepped up and helped us take over these releases to make sure they still happen in a timely manner. Support them all and be sure to look for new SEVEN SISTERS OF SLEEP, COFFINS, ILSA, GOD’S AMERICA, SEX PRISONER and LIKE RATS records next year.
As for A389, we’re getting ready to wipe out the second half of our debt in 2016. We have a bunch of webstore exclusives for RSD as well as test presses and other things we’ll be offering to get everything caught up and even a few new releases!
Expect new music from:
YAITW / GATECREEPER
RINGWORM / BRAIN TENTACLES
DESPISE YOU / COKE BUST
Only the best / no junk. As you would expect from A389
MANUFACTURING DELAYS: They are getting worse and worse. We keep trying to weather the storm and have a few records coming out in 2016 but they will come when they come.
I think that covers everything, I hope everyone has an amazing 2016 and sticks with us for the ride. I appreciate everyone that supports A389 and our bands, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Be safe out there tonight, take a cab home.
TOP TEN RELEASES FOR 2016
ALL OUT WAR Dying Gods
GENOCIDE PACT Forged Through Domination
GOD’S HATE Father Inferior
ILSA The Felon’s Claw
IN COLD BLOOD Blind The Eyes
NOISEM Blossoming Decay
TWITCHING TONGUES Disharmony
UNHOLY MAJESTY All Is Dust
WINDHAND Grief’s Eternal Flower
WISDOM IN CHAINS The God Rhythm
Honorable Mention: LIFELESS d.r.e.a.m.