In honor of Independence Day, KEXP is saluting some of our favorite indie record labels who’s DIY-spirit helped revolutionize the music industry. As an independent radio station ourselves, KEXP is thrilled to give a 13-gun salute to these pioneers with a series of label spotlights through the Fourth of July.
Captured Tracks is the brainchild of Mike Sniper, known from his post-punk band Blank Dogs and DC Snipers before that. When you listen to Blank Dogs, Cabaret Voltaire and Joy Division jump to mind immediately. But Sniper is fine with that. He loves the 1980s and he loves all those shoegaze and post-punk records that influence so many bands nowadays. So in 2008 when he started Sacred Bones, he set out to take his loves and create a business out of it. Today, Captured Tracks hosts a handful of reissues of influential late 1970s and 1980s bands like The Servants, The Monochrome Set, and shoegaze bands like Medicine. But for the most part, Captured Tracks gives a home to those bands, like Blank Dogs, who like to wear their influences on their sleeve.
From the beginning, Captured Tracks printed 7″ singles like mad. Because of this (like many young record labels), Captured Tracks had a significant amount of turnover for the first couple years. But today, the Captured Tracks loyalists all represent Sniper’s vision perfectly. Beach Fossils have been with Captured Tracks since the beginning, along with The Soft Moon and Thieves Like Us. Some newer additions to their lineup include Portland band Blouse and Seattle/San Francisco post-punk band Craft Spells.
Captured Tracks still has plenty of time to grow, but with a unique vibe and an all star team of likeminded bands, the label has everything to gain. Check out some of the best of the Captured Tracks discography below:
Dum Dum Girls – Dum Dum Girls (2009)
Seconds – Blank Dogs (2009)
As Above So Below – Silk Flowers (2009)
August In My Mind – The Fresh & Onlys (2010)
Beach Fossils – Beach Fossils (2010)
Golden Haze – Wild Nothing (2010)
The Soft Moon – The Soft Moon (2010)
Blouse – Blouse (2011)
Berlin/Alex – Thieves Like Us (2011)
Gallery – Craft Spells (2012)
DIIV – “How Long Have You Known?” from the 2012 album Oshin
Craft Spells – “Party Talk” from the 2011 album Idle Labor