REALITY CHECK; VINYL PRESSING
Hello friends, how do?
Everybody knew it was coming but the new reality is here; brexit is already taking its toll and vinyl pressing / shipping costs are going through the roof.
We started the vinyl pressing process for the “LEGACIES” LP from Stonethrower this week to discover that vinyl pressing prices have increased by 10%, with a further 10% increase coming in the next month. That equates to a 20% rise in pressing costs before considering shipping and any potential import taxes.
This, and the fact that major labels and corporates are clogging up record presses worldwide, means that pressing vinyl records is increasingly unsustainable for small DIY / independent labels in the current climate. This, unfortunately, means price rises. We’ve always sought to have our music be accessible and priced accordingly, but a £12 price point for an LP is no longer viable.
As such, we’ve kept the “Pre-Press Preorder” for the Stonethrower LP open. We also still have a few copies of the album on tape, courtesy of our friends at Gold Mold Records. Huge thanks to everyone who has preordered thus far, it’s deeply appreciated.
We’ve also released some new music over the last month or so.
“damaging” is the third EP of explorative lofi diy electronic experimentalism from platitudes (me). The EP contains 40+ minutes of music and is available for free/pay-what-you-want download. A unique 90 minute mix CD is also available in super limited numbers, hand-painted and awhin!
“Exile” is the latest track from the most dangerous band in Scottish pop-punk, or “a b-side disguised as a single” according to Goodbye Blue Monday.
The long-awaited debut LP will be recorded at the earliest possibility post-lockdown and will land in your ears sometime after that. Grab the single for a refreshing fizzy banger!
We also have NEW MUSIC coming next Friday in the form of the new “Anatomy” EP from our psychedelic aberdoom space punk pals SEAS, STARRY.
Recorded in lockdown, the “Anatomy” EP is a collaborative release with RIPCORD RECORDS handling the physical CD release. MTAT will be handling digital duties. The EP is a rager and Ripcord have a cd preorder going right now.
There are currently 121 releases available on our Bandcamp page, the vast majority of which are free/pay-what-you-want download. The full digital discography download is currently available for £37.99, bargains from the basement!
There is also a whole bunch of new vinyl and music in the distro including the new “Ask More Questions” LP from DEALING WITH DAMAGE, plus releases from ANTI-FLAG, PITY PARTY, KADDISH, CUSTODY, ELDER ABUSE, CAVALCADES, THE MURDERBURGERS, TNS100 and heaps more.
Talking of increased shipping, our friends at RAZORCAKE are also feeling the burn so, unfortunately, prices will also be going up. If ye haven’t got a copy of issue 121 with Obnox, Shawna Potter (War On Women), How Punk Saved Belfast and more, grab one now!
Apologies for this not being the most uplifting of messages. MTAT are still not booking shows but hanging in there the noo. The gratitude for the continued support cannot be overstated.