Five questions for Bad Touch Records!

Bad Touch Records is a newly started label from the US which is run by a man who also plays in Catholic Spit, which was the band that did their first release ever on the label. I asked him some questions and he answered them for me, so if you’re interested in a smaller label and some unique music at hand, you should check this questionnaire out. There are yet some releases to come, but you will get the point after viewing this. It’d be even nicer if you were into some of the edgier stuff in the hardcore and punk rock category, since the first release is all out death rock. Since I fight for the more underground stuff, I want you to enjoy this even more.

What would you say is the point of Bad Touch Records, more than the fact that your releases reflect your own interests in music?

– Well, starting a label was always a “life goal” of mine since I was maybe 16 or 17. Nothing I ever really expressed to do outwardly to anyone, just one of those ideas I always kept in my head. I’ve been in a few hardcore/punk bands, but with Catholic Spit gaining so much attention locally in southern California just from playing shows, it seemed like the opportunity was there to do a DIY release that could help launch a label. But I guess it all comes down to having fun!

Since you’ve already done a first release, which is Catholic Spit, a band you’re active in yourself – how would you say that the outcome was for that record after the creative process?

– Couldn’t be happier with the way it all came out. We sat on the recordings for well over a year before we pressed it, so I think we would have been happy with anything at this point! There’s nothing like dropping the needle on the test press for the first time and hearing it the way you meant for it to be heard.

Could you tell me anything about the upcoming releases that you’ve got planned for your label and when will we possibly see another release?

– Like I mentioned, Catholic Spit has recorded material that we just haven’t released/pressed yet. My hope is to get out a 7 song 12″ Catholic Spit LP as soon as I have some money back from the “I’m Your God Now” single. I’ve been corresponding with Olivier at Crapoulet Records in France, who was very interested in helping press the LP so early next year is my goal. After that I’ll focus my attention to other bands in my area who don’t have the resources or know how. I’d really like to do a comp incorporating the newer hardcore/punk bands around here.

What other labels have influenced you to start your own label up and what would be your ideal goal for it?

– When I was younger I’d day dream about emulating labels like SST, Dischord, Dangerhouse, Taang! Etc. All the pioneers definitely. But then when I got more interested in collecting newer vinyl records and got into bands that formed in the 2000’s-present, labels like Grave Mistake, Sorry State, No Way, Kangaroo, and Tankcrimes (just to name a few) were the ones that stood out to me and made it obvious that releasing good punk music on vinyl was still doable in this age of technology. I’d love to be a part of the larger story by giving my little bit to this world. These bands existed. They were real and they had good music to give. I’m here to make sure it’ll be documented.

Thank you for letting me ask you these questions!

– Thanks for asking J! Feel free to contact me anytime.

Review: Catholic Spit – I’m Your God Now / Die Alone

If you need a punk doses that will last for a while, you should encourage yourself to listen to some Catholic Spit. First track “I’m Your God Now” really opens the floodgates from the more punk-oriented sound, so it can diminish itself within the realms of death-rock. Even though the sound-scape is pretty much lo-fi, the sound is excellent and extraordinary when it comes to the combination of those two genres. A really interesting listening, and I love the little touch on the crash-cymbal which you can hear throughout the song. Enjoyable death-rock riffs guides me throughout a wicked landscape of the most nocturnal and non-sacred things known for me yet. They really bring together the traditional sound of death-rock and manage to make it feel even more punkier than it usually is. Deathrock that I listen to tend to be more on the rock-oriented scale of things, which brings me back to the fact that they have some qualities that could be compared to 45 Grave, with a hint of Gothic Girls on the edges. They’ve channeled the quirky but quintessentially weird formula that the last-mentioned band really has when it comes to the sound-scape. It’s nice to see the grasp around the roots, but at the same time feeding and buffing it up with some nice punk.

In the next track “Die Alone“, they get to the point quicker than in the first song. With a baseline like that, it feels like I’m completely entrenched with the darkness it spills out. The thoughtful but outdrawn intro forces the sound-scape into a quick fury of punk goodness. Whereas the drums stumble upon themselves and release all the anger in the world. But it also feels like they’ve managed to contrast the sound-scape a little bit better, when they don’t blend the punk-oriented stuff with the more pushy deathrock. I don’t know if the quality of this release is supposed to be lo-fi, but if it is, there’s a charming side to it too. It sounds way more underground than it probably would’ve if it had been a little bit more polished. Also, the grand finale and outro is one of the best things I’ve heard for a while. This band has got a lot of potential, and it’s not really going to waste. Hopefully another release from them will come my way and I’m hoping that it will land in my hands so I get to have a peek on it too. Certainly one of the albums you should buy if you have the money for it, pretty cheap for such a great release.

You can buy it over at their bandcamp which is over here or listen to it below and make up your mind.