The looting and burning of the Sony Distribution Centre in Enfield, North London, during the third night of rioting last night has a potentially devastating effect on many independent rock and metal labels, including those who distribute Anthrax, Rollins Band and Funeral For A Friend products.
The building was the sole distribution base for Sony Corp's UK branch and PIAS, as well as small indie labels like the Beggars Group, Domino, Warp, Rock Action, Sonic Cathedral and Scottish-based metal label Basick Records. A spokesperson for Basick, whose roster includes upcoming tech Metal bands Visions and Aliases, said today of the company's losses:
"The warehouse took with it all of our international stock, and that of many other labels. We're devastated, but so glad no one got hurt."
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PIAS, meanwhile, distribute many labels, including Nuclear Blast (Anthrax, Behemoth, Nightwish), Touch & Go (Rollins Band), Victory (Funeral For a Friend, Emmure) and Side One Dummy (Flogging Molly, Gaslight Anthem).
The impact of the fire will become more apparent over the next few months, as small labels struggle to recoup losses. Some of these companies may not survive at all.
However, PIAS are planning on finding fundraisers to help the labels, and have set up a website, so for more info, go to: www.cognitvedissonancerecords.com/labellove
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