Labeled: "The Stories, Rumors, & Legends of Tooth & Nail Records"

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Go behind the scenes of one of the generation defining indie record label in this tell all podcast. Matt Carter and Toby Morrell of Emery, along with help from Aaron Lunsford from As Cities Burn take on the task of setting the record straight through story telling and reporting on what really happens behind the scenes in the music industry. Exclusive interviews with bands, managers, touring crew, producers, record label employees, and the man who started it all - President and Founder of Tooth and Nail Records, Brandon Ebel. Subscribe to “Labeled: The Stories, Rumors, and Legends of Tooth and Nail Records” today.

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Underoath: Kids From Florida
01:09:09

Chapter 24

There is no question that Underoath is the biggest Christian heavy band of our scene. They completely broke the ceiling of what was assumed was possible beyond our scene, but what are all the factors that go into a landmark success story like that of Underoath? In a sense, this podcast so far is a list and account of many of those factors, or maybe it's just "They’re Only Chasing Safety" was directly born out of the Tooth & Nail culture. It was a perfect wave that had been built by thousands of people collaborating and supporting one another and as they grew and gained momentum, the wave was ready to break, and Underaoth was the perfect band to harness its energy and break our scene wide open into the mainstream and become Tooth & Nail's biggest rock band to date.

My favorite viewpoint for this story is that of Tim McTague's, who at that time was something like Underoath's quarterback. Not only is he a giant of an artist and musician, but at age 21, he took the responsibility to handle their business. As we have seen in this series, the biggest pitfalls are often managing the managers, agents, labels, lawyers, promoters, pressure from other bands, and fans, all of whom desperately want something from the band, and in Underoath's case, turn the intensity of all that up about 10x, starting with the release of "They're Only Chasing Safety."

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

Underoath "A Boy Brushed Red Living in Black and White"
Zao "Times of Separation"
Strongarm "Suplication"
Underoath "There Could Be Nothing After This"
Underoath "When the Sun Sleeps"
Underoath "A Message for Adrienne" Live
Underoath "Young and Aspiring"
Underoath "It's Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door"
Underoath "Young and Aspiring" Live
Underoath "Salmarnir"

  

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Jan 15, 2020
Labeled Special: Mike Hranica and Jeremy DePoyster of The Devil Wears Prada
50:19

The Devil Wears Prada is the type of band that if you didn’t know any better, you might confuse them for a career-long Solid State artist, with good reason. They grew up as fans of the label, started a terrific band, did the  first decade and a half of their career on other labels, and now, at last, they are in fact a Solid State band. So there is plenty to discuss and listen to including their new and debut release on Solid State, "The Act" which came out in October.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

The Devil Wears Prada "Dez Moines"
Norma Jean "Memphis Will Be Laid to Waste"
Beloved "Aimless Endeavor"
The Devil Wears Prada "Danger: Wildman"
Underoath "To Whom It May Concern"
The Devil Wears Prada "Born to Lose"
The Devil Wears Prada "Chemical"
The Devil Wears Prada "Please Say No"
The Devil Wears Prada "Lines of Your Hands"

  

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Dec 13, 2019
Beloved: Powerful and Fragile
58:26

Chapter 23.2

Not only was Josh Moore focused on his goal of becoming a musician from a very early age, but he was also recognizably good as an early teenager who eventually was noticed by older kids at his school who picked him up and made him their lead singer. Finishing high school by an alternative program, Josh is touring as Beloved's frontman at 18 years old, and by 21 that journey would be over and Josh would move in a different direction musically and personally.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

Beloved "Aimless Endeavor"
Strongarm “These Times That Try Men’s Souls”
Further Seems Forever “Pictures of Shorelines”
Beloved “Into Your Arms”
Classic Case “Hospitalized”
Beloved “Rise & Fall”
Beloved “Aimless Endeavor”
Josh Moore “Between The Lines”
Beloved “Failure On My Lips”

  

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Nov 29, 2019
Beloved: One and Done
01:01:01

Chapter 23.1

Beloved’s 2003 debut, "Failure On," is a legendary album in the Solid State Records catalog. They had so much in their favor: made a flawless debut record, had an incredibly promising trajectory, had all been friends since childhood, and described themselves as family, were respected in the scene that was exploding and supportive, and were a priority to the best record label in the Christian heavy music space in the middle of its most powerful moment.

Dusty Redmond gives his point of view as to how after just a few tours, and amid the anticipation of the entire scene for their follow up record, the Beloved train was derailed. Since then, Beloved has existed in conversations in greenrooms, tour busses, and record industry people as a “what if” band. There were occasionally feint rumors of possible reunions, but alas, after nearly 15 years, most people have given up hope.

You would think that it would take something extraordinary to stop the incredible momentum that Beloved had in 2004, but some things can be both powerful and fragile at the same time.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

Beloved “Only our Faces Hide”
Strongarm “Council of Perfection”
Selfmindead “Always”
Fair “Carelessness”
Beloved “Rise and Fall
Beloved “Allure”
Beloved “Kiss it Goodbye”
Beloved “Insult to Injury”
Beloved “Failure On My Lips”
Advent “Hanging The Giants”
Beloved “Death to Traitors”

  

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Nov 29, 2019
Emery's "I'm Only a Man:" Certified Flop
01:23:40

Chapter 22

The guys in Emery grew up as far from punk and underground culture as you could get. Not until their twenties did they even find out about this whole scene. But they made up for lost time, and thanks to the foundations laid by the earlier bands, the explosion of this new scene, and the peak of the Tooth & Nail merger with EMI, Emery rode a wave of success and got used to it a little too quickly.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

Emery "Studying Politics"
Pedro the Lion "Almost There"
Further Seems Forever "Pictures of Shorelines"
Neon Horse "Cuckoo"
Emery "The Weaks End"
Emery "Listening to Freddy Mercury"
Emery "Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus"
Emery "Story About a Man with a Bad Heart"
Emery "After the Devil Beats His Wife"
Emery "Rock-N-Rule"
Emery "World Away"
Emery "From Crib to Coffin"
Emery "The Party Song"
Emery "Can't Stop the Killer"
Emery "In Shallow Seas We Sail"
Emery "This Town"

  

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Nov 22, 2019
Dead Poetic: Disappointed with Success
01:38:14

Chapter 21

Dead Poetic is one of the bands that was discovered at cornerstone, and due to their hard work and dedication as kids, stepped into just the right place at just the right time.  The groundwork had been laid by the pioneers of the scene, the infrastructure was in place, and Tooth & Nail, partnered with EMI was at the top of the mountain.  Killer production, promotion, and exposure were no problem at all, and the specific sound that Dead Poetic had been developing was about to explode.  The band would achieve success, sales, and opportunities that would dwarf most of the artists that preceded them. And yet, front man Brandon Rike gave it all up. But why? 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

Dead Poetic "August Winterman"
Stavesacre "Shiv"
Zao "Times of Separation"
Mindset "Thick Tears"
Zao "To Think of You is to Treasure an Absent Memory"
Embodyment "Pendulum"
Training for Utopia "New York City is Overrated"
Mindset "World Cry"
The Uriah Omen "Byron"
Dead Poetic "New Medicines"
Dead Poetic "Self-Destruct & Die (The Pacifist)"
Dead Poetic "Paralytic"
Dead Poetic "Long Forgotten"
Dead Poetic "Pretty Pretty"
Dead Poetic "Vices"

  

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Nov 01, 2019
Disciple: Christian Metal with a Mission
01:08:00

Chapter 20

When it comes to Christian heavy metal music, the band Disciple is both an ancestor and a contemporary. Kevin Young has been contributing and participating in the larger scene that we cover, for over 25 years and counting, and now is a part of the Tooth and Nail family.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

Disciple "Dear X, You Don't Own Me"
Whitecross "Who Will You Follow?"
Bride "Would You Die For Me"
Wish for Eden "Ocean"
The Blamed "Feeding the Ignorant"
Disciple "Alone"
Living Sacrifice "Reject"
Jeremy Camp "Take My Life"
Whitecross "Who Will You Follow?"
Disciple "Erase"
Disciple "Misery"
Disciple "First Love"
Disciple "Game On"
Disciple "Unbroken"
Disciple "Reanimate"

  

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Oct 18, 2019
mewithoutYou From the View of Mike Weiss
51:25

Chapter 19

Mike Weiss is the guitarist from the legendary label darlings mewithoutYou. Mike’s point of view of the band is far from comprehensive, but give us some unique insight that most media coverage is not able capture, especially regarding his brother, the enigmatic frontman Aaron Weiss.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

mewithoutYou "January 1979"
mewithoutYou "Red Cow" Audiotree Live Session
twothirtyeight "There Is No Dana"
Starflyer59 "Blue Colar Love"
Further Seems Forever "The Moon is Down"
The Operation "To Prevent Fall-Apart"
mewithoutYou live at Cornerstone '02
mewithoutYou "Gentlemen"
mewithoutYou "Messes of Men"
Pedro the Lion "Indian Summer"
mewithoutYou "Carousels"
mewithoutYou "Torches Together"
mewithoutYou jam session
mewithoutYou "Julia (or 'Holy to the Lord' on the Bells of Horses)"
mewithoutYou "Chapelcross Towns" Audiotree Live Session
mewithoutYou "Leaf"
mewithoutYou live at Cornerstone '02

  

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Oct 03, 2019
Cory Brandan: Band Dude for Life
50:27

Chapter 18

This isn't a Norma Jean episode per se, because of Norma Jean’s legend and significance in the heavy music scene. SolidState and Tooth & Nail history is much too large to begin to cover in an episode, so we will cover it from a variety of angles over time. But as far as Norma Jean goes, Cory Brandan is certainly a very central figure, and his career in this scene intersects multiple important bands and he is one of the very few individuals that has been able to find a way to thrive (although sometimes merely survive) and contribute for 20 years.  Cory has been able to find or create  paths when it seemed that none existed. What's even more hard to imagine is that Cory stayed focused on creating music and found his way despite the fact that by 1994 at the age of 18 he had already had his first child.  I talked to Cory about his journey and mindset beginning with his first band Eso Charis, his connection to Living Sacrifice, and how he eventually became the leader of the almighty Norma Jean.

 

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

Norma Jean "Vertabraille"
Eso Charis "Born With a Future"
Living Sacrifice "Reborn Empowered"
Eso Charis "The Narrowing List"
Living Sacrifice "Imminent War"
Empty "From a Chemist's Point of View"
Norma Jean "The Human Face Divine"
Norma Jean "The Shotgun Message"
Norma Jean "1,000,000 Watts"
Norma Jean "Blueprints for a Future Home"

  

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Sep 20, 2019
Raw Rock Kills
01:22:20

Chapter 17

Showbread is one of the bands that was able to follow in the footsteps of the bands who pioneered the music scene that we all love. There was a very special time when the market was not overcrowded with touring musical acts, but the scene was established enough that there was a great hunger for independent and expressive music. If you had a message, some talent, and were really willing to sacrifice, you could be a touring band. Even without a label or fans, you could get shows and win fans. And if you did that, perhaps a label would notice.

It was a very open-minded and supportive time. If you were a Christian kid looking to have some artistic boundaries broken from your conformist upbringing and you like raw music, Showbread might just kill you.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

Showbread "Your Friends are Fake"
Showbread "I am a Machine Gun"
90 LB Wuss "Blank Stare"
Joy Electric "Chapter 1, The White Song Book"
Selfmindead "Liar"
Showbread "Mouth Like a Magazine"
Showbread "So Selfish It's Funny"
Showbread "Oh! The Emetophobia!"
Showbread "I’m Lost"
Showbread "I'm Afraid That I'm Me"
Showbread "I Am Horrible at Processing Rejection"

  

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Sep 06, 2019
KJ-52 and BEC Recordings
01:08:20

Chapter 16

KJ-52 is a Christian rapper who struggled to get his career off the ground in the 90’s after being rejected by his dream label and dropped early on by a major label and then found his home among the rest of us punk, DIY and hardcore folks.  KJ embodies many of the same values that we often discuss here but his music fit much better in the BEC and CCM worlds so he is a terrific individual to help us understand the similarities and differences in that world and the one we spend most of our time in.

BEC recordings is the CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) leaning imprint of Tooth & Nail Records and plays a very important role in expanding the company, generating revenue, and enabling Tooth & Nail/Solid State to have a larger and more competent staff.  Admittedly CCM music has a reputation for being cheesy or unoriginal, but like most things, if you look closer you will find that there is much more nuance than you’d expect.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

KJ-52 "KJ-52"
Strongarm "Supplication"
John Ruben "Devine Inspiration"
KJ-52 "Are You Real"
Anberlin "Love Song"
Thousand Foot Krutch "Wish You Well"
Jeremy Camp "Understand"
Demon Hunter "Summer of Darkness"
KJ-52 "Right Here'
KJ-52 "Wake Up"
KJ-52 "Dear Slim"
KJ-52 "1230"

  

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Aug 22, 2019
Anneka Winters' Front Row Seat
37:49

Chapter 15

Today's episode is intended to give you an inside and personal perspective on Tooth & Nail, Brandon Ebel, and the music scene as the label grew into its 2000’s dominance. Anneka Winters was an accountant at Tooth & Nail Records from 1998 to 2004, but she was much more than just an accountant. She assisted and worked with Jim Worthen and also became Brandon's Personal Assistant, she lived in a communal house with other Tooth & Nail employees, and she was around through the biggest staff and culture change in the company, driven in part by the merger with EMI, the shift in genres, and the success of BEC Records.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

Underoath "When the Sun Sleeps"
Roadside Monument "Oh So Fabled"
Beloved "Death To Traitors"
Underoath "It's Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door"
mewithoutYou "Nice and Blue"
Joy Electric "(I Am) Made From The Wire"
Slow Coming Day "Captivated"
The Dingees "Carry On With The Countdown"

  

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Aug 08, 2019
Labeled Special: Stephen Cobucci of Wolves at the Gate
01:15:48

Wolves at the Gate is band that very much continues the tradition and follows in the sonic footsteps of Solid State Records and the era of Underoath, Beloved, Dead Poetic, and As Cities Burn; none of whom are currently making this particular style of music. The approach is being deep, heavy, brutal singing and screaming with a strong spiritual component that gives weight to the music. Steve Cobucci is the guitarist, writer, singer, and lyricist for the band along with screamer Ben Summers.

Steve is a terrific musician and person whose ministry-driven approach to his art makes him fit nicely in the Tooth & Nail/Solid State world.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

The Blood Brothers "Cecilia and the Silhouette Saloon"
mewithoutYou "January 1979"
Dead Poetic "New Medicines"
As Cities Burn "Thus from My Lips, By Yours, My Sin is Purged"
Wolves at the Gate "A Voice in the Violence"
Wolves at the Gate "Evil are the Kings"
Wolves at the Gate "Eclipse"

 

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Aug 02, 2019
Labeled Special: Micah Kinard of Oh, Sleeper
01:08:37

Oh, Sleeper is a special band on the Solid State roster, and a truly unique metal band. They very much embody the DIY ethic and artistic zone of the Christian punk/hardcore scene, but the members didn't come up as Tooth & Nail punk and hardcore kids like many guests on this show. Frontman Micah Kinard explains on this Labeled special that they come more from the mainstream mall metal and nu metal scene until he discovered our culture beginning with Norma Jean.

We also cover in detail Oh, Sleepers new album, Bloodied/Unbowed and get a direct look into the meaning, message, and personal drama behind this record.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

Oh, Sleeper "Fissure"
mewithoutYou "January 1979"
Norma Jean "Memphis Will Be Laid to Waste"
Blindside "Pitiful"
Oh, Sleeper "Two Ships"
Oh, Sleeper "Island"

 

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Jul 18, 2019
Anberlin
47:36

Chapter 14

Today we continue on our early 2000’s journey with the very important and pivotal Anberlin (Stephen Christian).  I refer to Anberlin as pivotal, because they began as a pop punk band in the vein of late 90's Tooth & Nail, but made an image and musical pivot at just exactly the right time, along with a crop other emerging bands from the southeast, which in turn helped Tooth & Nail pivot and transition to a new era.  Tooth & Nail has just acquired Takehold Records and its founder, Chad Johnson, to be head of A&R, and his connections began to pay off.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

Anberlin “Feel Good Drag”
Ghoti Hook “Body Juggler”
Plankeye “Goodbye”
The Juliana Theory “We're at the Top of the World”
Further Seems Forever “The Moon Is Down”
Watashi Wa “Ten Years and Separating States”
SAGOH 24/7 “Days Of Our Lives”
Anberlin “Ready Fuels”
Anberlin “Foriegn Language”
Anberlin “Hello Alone”
Anberlin “Breaking”
Anberlin “Paperthin Hymn”

  

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Jul 12, 2019
The Early 2000's Through the Eyes of Watashi Wa
01:05:09

Chapter 13

We now continue to move into the 2000’s era of Tooth & Nail Records. Brandon has sold half of the company to EMI and has purchased and absorbed Takehold Records, which brought its founder Chad Johnson on staff. Heavy music was continuing to explode, but also, in keeping with the Tooth and Nail style, Brandon and the staff continued to try to break and include a very wide variety of artists, including a very happy and poppy rock outfit from San Luis Obispo, CA, called Watashi Wa.

Fronted by yet another young man who grew up as a Tooth & Nail kid, Seth Roberts joins Labeled to help paint the picture of that time and the unique challenges they faced. The story is of one dream fulfilled, and of another only partially fulfilled.

 

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Watashi Wa "Clear"
Guns N' Roses "It's So Easy"
MxPx "Let it Happen"
Starflyer 59 "Fell in Love at 22"
Fine China "We Rock Harder Than You Ever Knew"
Watashi Wa "With Love From Me to You"
Watashi Wa "All of Me"
Watashi Wa "Smoke Signals"
Watashi Wa "Face"
Watashi Wa "Ten Years and Separating States"

 

 

 

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Jun 28, 2019
The Demon Hunter Origin Story and More
44:52

Chapter 12

Demon Hunter’s origin story is shrouded in mystery and there are no shortage or rumors. Some that we will confirm today. Now that we have a good background knowledge or Ryan Clark Jon Dunn, Brandon, and the Tooth and Nail Culture at the time, the stage is set for this fun story. We continue where we left off 2 weeks ago, and also cover the continuation of the EMI merger, and the rewards that would come from taking some serious risks.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

Demon Hunter "Storm the Gates of Hell"
Demon Hunter "Infected"
Demon Hunter "Dead Flowers"
Demon Hunter "Through the Black"
Demon Hunter "The Heart of a Graveyard"
Demon Hunter "Not Ready to Die"
Demon Hunter "Turn Your Back and Run"
Demon Hunter "Artificial Light"
Demon Hunter "My Heartstrings Come Undone"
Dead Poetic "New Medicines"

 

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Jun 13, 2019
August Burns Red: Constellations 10 Year Anniversary
54:14

August Burns Red is one of the Labeled listeners' favorite Tooth and Nail/Solid State bands, and statistically, that's not surprising. They have sold, get this, over 2 million records. It would be no understatement to say they are one of the most successful acts that ever came out of this scene. So to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the landmark album Constellations, I thought it would be great to see how they got into the Tooth and Nail culture in the first place, and connect the dots from the tiny house shows and basements that laid the groundwork and infrastructure that August Burns Red would step into and take to a whole new level.  I got to chat with guitarist JB Brubaker and drummer Matt Greiner the other day and had a great time. I think you’ll enjoy it too.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

Embodyment "One Less Addiction"
August Burns Red "Your Little Suburbia in Ruins"
mewithoutYou "Bullet to Binary"
August Burns Red "White Washed"
August Burns Red "Thirty and Seven"
August Burns Red "Indonesia"
August Burns Red "Crusades"
August Burns Red "Mariana's Trench"

 

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Jun 07, 2019
Tooth and Nail Kids
50:58

Chapter 11

Tooth and Nail had been sowing seeds and developing a culture of the better part of a decade when EMI acquired half of the company. Now, not only were they financially empowered, but their own culture was beginning to pay dividends. Kids that had been fans and following the label closely, now began to feed back into the system. This episode is a look at what it means to have been a first generation Tooth and Nail Kid, aspiring to participate in the culture you loved.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

Training for Utopia "Two Hands"
Zao "Angel Without Wings"
Thousand Foot Krutch "Puppet"
Demon Hunter "Screans of the Undead"
Focused "Forward"
Training for Utopia "A Good Feeling"
Living Sacrifice "Threatened"
Vengeance Rising "Human Sacrifice"
Living Sacrifice "No Longer"
Demon Hunter "The Last One Alive"

 

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May 30, 2019
A Time of Transition and the Rise of Solid State Records
51:41

Chapter 10

By the year 2000, EMI Records had been pursuing Tooth and Nail to buy half of the company and was already doing its distribution. New genres were emerging, Tooth and Nail was moving offices and the staff was beginning to undergo major changes as well. Solid State Records was gaining momentum with acts like Living Sacrifice and Zao as heavy music was becoming more widely accepted. Roy Culver, who worked for EMI was hired and moved to Seattle to be the first Solid State employee and its A&R.  Roy explains what the time of transition was like from his view and recounts stories of Solid State's successes and difficulties.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

Living Sacrifice "Reborn Empowered"
Living Sacrifice "Rejected"
Zao "Kathleen Barbra"
Norma Jean "Face"
The Agony Scene "We Bury Our Dead at Dawn"
Living Sacrifice "Imminent War"
Stretch Arm Strong "For the Record"
Eso-Charis "Born with a Future"
Extol "Undeceived"
Darkthrone "As Flittermice as Satans Spys"
Selfmindead "Always"
Norma Jean "Created Something out of Nothing, Only to Destroy"

 

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May 16, 2019
Plankeye: Chasing the Dream
41:18

Chapter 9

Plankeye began as a raw, high energy power pop band in the 90's, but made their way into the polished Christian scene after touring with larger CCM acts. They became a commercial success, but appearances are not always what they seem. Guitarist Eric Balmer and others shed light on the complications and forces at play to make their breakout happen. This episode is an edited rebroadcast of one from before we began this series. 

 

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May 02, 2019
Favorite Three with Mike Mains
01:00:15

mewithoutYou and As Cities Burn are big influences on T&N's new artist, Mike Mains & the Branches, so on this episode we discuss Mike's three favorite tracks from the Tooth & Nail catalog, talk about his dumpster diving experience with Aaron Weiss, and dissect the thematic elements of As Cities Burn's second album. We also highlight Mike Mains & the Branches new album "When We Were in Love" and how it fits into the T&N catalog.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

Mike Mains & the Branches "Breathing Underwater"
mewithoutYou "Song of a Widow"
mewithoutYou "Messes of Men"
Mike Mains & the Branches "Swamp"
As Cities Burn "Clouds"
Mike Mains & the Branches "Around the Corner"

 

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Apr 24, 2019
Dominate '98
51:07

Chapter 8

By the time the 90's were coming to a close, Tooth & Nail Records had accomplished some amazing things. They had sold millions of records and helped to create a movement and and establish a thriving music scene. In 1998 it seemed like Like the label was really on top and had it all figured out, but changes were brewing in the larger climate and music scene.

The punk sound was at its pinnacle, but new sounds were emerging as well and the music industry and major labels were beginning to catch up with what the indies were doing and looking to get in on the action.

This episode give us a chance to see from the view of a rival and competitor. Brad Most of Goatee Records explains what that time period felt like and Brandon reflects on his decisions making and thinking in that period.

 

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Apr 17, 2019
Labeled Special: Ryan Clark on Demon Hunter's War and Peace
01:02:58

Ryan Clark, front man of Demon Hunter joins the Labeled Podcast to discuss not only their new double album, but also his musical evolution from Focal Point and Training for Utopia and how that shaped Demon Hunter.  We also showcase and discuss lyrics and music on several tracks from the new albums.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

Focal Point "Neglected"
Demon Hunter "On My Side"
Training for Utopia "A Good Feeling"
Training for Utopia "White Boys Burden"
Demon Hunter "The Negative"
Demon Hunter "No Place For You Here"
Demon Hunter "I Don't Believe You"
Demon Hunter "Rescue Myself"

 

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Mar 06, 2019
Saved by Ska
53:01

Chapter 7

With the departure of MxPx, the now commercially successful label was in need of another breakout success to sustain and continue to thrive. They found it in The O.C. Supertones, a true underdog story of a highly motivated, positive, and zealous group of guys that just happened to stumble into a genre and culture combination that seemed as if it was meant to be.

 

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Copeland "Blushing" 
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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

The O.C. Supertones "Supertones Strike Back"
The O.C. Supertones "Adonai"
The O.C. Supertones "Roots"
The O.C. Supertones "Who Can Be Against Me"
Copeland "Night Figures"
The O.C. Supertones "O.C. Supertones"
The O.C. Supertones "Resolution"
The O.C. Supertones "Sure Shot" Live
The O.C. Supertones "Away From You"

 

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Feb 21, 2019
From Bremerton to the Wide World
47:09

Chapter 6

MXPX has a special place in the history of Tooth and Nail Records. They were the first band to break well beyond the Christian punk hardcore scene and into the mainstream. In 1992, they were 10th graders in Bremerton, trying to play at house parties. By 1996, they were on MTV, KROQ, and part of the global pop punk culture. This was an incredibly rapid rise, full of new elements to navigate, not only for the band, but for Tooth and Nail, who now found themselves in a different world and at a totally new level, setting a new precedent for what was possible for an independent label.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

MxPx "Secret Weapon"
MxPx "Walking Bye"
MxPx "Christalena (Demo Version)"
MxPx "Want Ad"
MxPx "Punk Rawk Show"
MxPx "Chick Magnet"
MxPx "Responsibility"

 

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Feb 07, 2019
Labeled Special: Aaron Marsh and the New Copeland Record
46:17

Matt and Aaron Marsh discuss the coming Copeland album “Blushing” and his musical and lyrical approach. We also feature some new music in this special bonus episode of Labeled.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

Copeland "Pope"
Copeland "Lay Here"
Copeland "On Your Worst Day"
Copeland "Night Figures"
Copeland "Choose the One Who Loves You More"
Copeland "I Can Make You Feel Young Again"

 

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Jan 31, 2019
The End of Cornerstone
49:08

Chapter 5

Cornerstone Festival grew to a massive level by the mid 2000’s with Tooth and Nail day being one of its main features. The cultures of Tooth and Nail and Cornerstone were a perfect fit. The environment that they created was both the incubator and launching pad for countless careers and also a wonderful place of development for its attendees, staff, and volunteers. The festival did in fact come to an end, but it by no means did it fail.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

Dogwood "Never Die"
Danielson "Did I Step on Your Trumpet"
Charlie Peacock "This is the Way of Love"
FM Static "Next Big Thing"
Hangnail "Aspire"
Mae "Last Call"
Mae "Light Years"
Two Thirty Eight "Modern Day Prayer"
Value Pac "Nothing"
Norma Jean "Leaderless and Self Enlisted"
Copeland "Pin Your Wings"

 

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Jan 24, 2019
The Rise of Cornerstone
47:57

Chapter 4

As it turns out, Cornerstone Festival had a lot more than a good lineup of bands; it has its own rich history and undergirding philosophy born out of The Jesus People USA and John Herrin, the festival’s director. Much of this philosophy and the festival’s audience was a direct inspiration to Tooth and Nail Records. Brandon Ebel traveled there in 1990 with a backpack and left with the clear notion that there needed to be more of what was going on at Cornerstone.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

Resurrection Band:   "Irish Garden"
Zao "Free The Three"
Ghoti Hook "My Bike"
As Cities Burn "The Hoard"
The Drowned God "Catholic"
Jeremy Camp "Take My Life"
mewithoutYou "In a Sweater Poorly Knit"
Further Seems Forever "The Sound"
Morella’s Forest "Gentle Go The Hours"
Family Force Five "Dance Or Die"
Showbread "Mouth Like A Magazine"

 

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Jan 10, 2019
The Stigma
51:33

Chapter 3:

By the mid 90’s, Tooth and Nail Records had moved from Southern California to Seattle, where they were confronted with a scene that was not exactly welcoming to Christian rock, but the influence of that scene would play a role in Brandon’s strategy to embrace and seek artists that could be credible in the mainstream world and place them alongside others that could have mass appeal in the Christian market.

This episode explores the difficulty navigating being an artist while having to wrestle with Christianity, credibility, commerce, and the conflicting expectations of fans, parents, record labels, and the non-Christian bands that you think of as peers.

 

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Songs You Heard in this Episode:

Stavesacre "Against the Silence"
Pedro the Lion "Almost There"
Roadside Monument "Sperm Ridden Burden"
The Blamed "Walkabout"
Focused "Hurts to Ask"
Azusa "Interstellar Island"
Focused "Dead Sky"
Luxury "Bitter Once Again"
The Blamed "Feeding the Ignorant"
Frodus "Revolution"
Demon Hunter "Through the Black"

Dec 13, 2018
Who is Brandon Ebel?
53:44

Chapter 2:

Brandon Ebel’s ability to spot, harness, and highlight the talents of others (bands and staff) is his magic.  The emerging scene and his unique personality were the right combination to turbo charge and launch a label that would go on to sell 26 million records.

 

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Songs You Heard in this Episode:

As Cities Burn "Bloodsucker Pt II"
Poor Old Lu "All Pretty For the TV"
Scattered Few "Beggar"
Norma Jean "A Small Spark Vs. A Great Forest"
mewithoutYou "January 1979"
MxPx "Punk Rawk Show"
Danielson "Headz in da Cloudz"
Demon Hunter "Infected"
Emery "Walls"
Starflyer 59 "Wake Up Early"

Nov 29, 2018
Permission Not Required
57:46

Chapter 1:

By the late 80s, a massive void had formed between secular and Christian culture, and the secular side seemed to have all the best music. But, something new was beginning to emerge from Southern California and the Pacific Northwest: a movement of Christian kids and leaders who not only embraced punk and DIY ethics, but saw it as consistent with their faith.

They began to form a scene and a community of inspiring and credible music – but with no internet, there was little-to-no support or infrastructure. Clearly, there was not only proven demand from would-be consumers, but a clear vision from the artists involved. So they built what they needed, gained support from fans, and sparked a culture-shifting creative explosion leading to to the founding of Tooth & Nail Records and much more.

 

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Nov 15, 2018
We're Back!
45:30

Labeled is on its way back with a new vision and increased opportunity for listener contribution. The Labeled team discusses why we took a hiatus and what’s in store for the future of the podcast. Come back November 14th, where we’ll take our first deep dive into the unlikely rise of the alternative Christian music scene!

 

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Oct 24, 2018