At times like this, a record label getting excited about new releases seems like an irrelevance and, in the scheme of things, a record label getting worried about being able to survive even more so.
Personally, I know I have far greater concerns than financial ones right now in the form of family who are frontline NHS workers and others who are in high risk categories, but I’m also desperately worried about the future of not just Sonic Cathedral, but all of the bands and venues and record shops that we love.
In the face of the vague and hopeless UK government advice, the reasoned and sensible response of the music world has been heartening (the stupid Stereophonics aside) and there’s no doubt that music will be more important than ever over the coming weeks and months. So, the Sonic Cathedral is staying open.
Obviously, there will be no live shows for the foreseeable future, but we are pushing ahead with all the releases we have been planning, most of which were scheduled for later in the year anyway, and will work around any obstacles we might face as best we can. Focusing on this stuff is as much a distraction for me as anyone.
Today is a good day to be sharing this message, as the brilliant people at Bandcamp have waived their revenue share for 24 hours, meaning more money to help keep artists and labels afloat.
Physical orders will be posted out as and when we can, but expect delays on overseas shipments; we have added some more copies of the new Lorelle Meets The Obsolete EP on vinyl, plus the Weatherall remix 12” of The Early Years and some copies of the Slowdive 7”. The digital catalogue, including our newest release by bdrmm, is all there and some, such as Lorelle Meets The Obsolete’s entire catalogue, are set to pay what you want.
As you might have seen, the band ended up stuck in upstate New York after their tour ground to an abrupt halt last week, but they have now made it safely back home to Mexico (and the other band members to Italy). If you already have all their music, they have also set up a GoFundMe to help cover the lost revenue from the cancelled tour. Help them if you can.
I realise that people have other priorities and financial concerns right now, but anything you can do to help is much appreciated. Looking forward to things getting back to normal in the not too distant future and never again taking anything for granted. (If you fancy a virtual pint, pop in to our spiritual home The Social’s Facebook page each day at 6pm.)
Stay safe and look out for each other.