Music for your Liver? The Sid Star label guys fling it out on a new CD
Sid Star Records reveals debut
This "Sid Star Records CD Release" at the Music Farm on April 6 isn't a late April Fool's Day prank on the audience, is it? According to Sid Star Records exec Dustin Goodwin, the gig is solid and the compilation album is genuine.
"We basically want good stuff in the scene to get exposure," says Goodwin, 24. "For example, some fans of Handgun Sonata might not have heard Zoey's Picnic or vice-versa. There are a lot of up-and-coming bands in the scene who are trying to get heard and get their names out there."
Goodwin and business partner Willis St. Ores, 25, both recently relocated to Charleston from Tucson, Ariz. Goodwin currently serves in the U.S. Air Force and was transferred here several months ago. St. Ores followed. The band scene out there was busy, but a bit too tight-knit for the label execs, who were determined to set up shop and produce CDs for some of their favorite guitar-heavy punk and metal bands.
"We had a small record label going back home in Arizona, but it wasn't really going," Goodwin says. "Sid Star officially started in Charleston this year. After checking out shows and some of the bands around here, we thought it'd be a pretty great idea to start doing it again and compile some songs. I was amazed with the state of the band scene out here. Some of the staff at Cumberland's and other downtown shops and clubs thought this was a good idea."
The new collection, titled Music For Your Liver, features 16 tracks from 13 Charleston-area bands -- Lowercase Thieves, The Defilers, Steve Hit Mike, The Book of Lies, Zoey's Picnic, Handgun Sonata, Near Fatal Fall, Double O, Two Steps Back, Run Dan Run, iNDEED, Shotgun Bride, and At Last Glance. All are independent, Charleston-based guitar acts, and most are kicking around within the modern punk, metal, and aggressive heavy-rock genres.
"We're pretty open-minded," says Goodwin. "We want a lot of rock stuff. We didn't get too far into the metal stuff on this first compilation, but there will be more to come." --T. Ballard Lesemann
The "Sid Star Records CD Release" takes place at the Music Farm (32 Ann St., 853-3276) on Fri. April 6 at 8 p.m. with Double O, Steve Hit Mike, Handgun Sonata, The Defilers, At Last Glance. Cover is $5 ($8/under 21) See www.musicfarm.com and www.myspace.com/sickb0y511 for more.