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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 1992, MxPx 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.
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.
Cornerstone Festival grew to a massive level by the mid 2000’s with Tooth and Nail day being one of its main features. The festival did in fact come to an end, but it by no means did it fail.
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.
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.
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.