Welcome to CSD
There was a certain romance back in the days when we used to play cassette tapes instead of digital music. We used to build up our tape libraries cassette by cassette and listen to all tracks in every album just because they are part of the whole tape. Now, an initiative of I Liverpool-based independent record label Black Hand Records, Cassette Store Day (CSD), wants to bring that feeling back.
CSD was created in 2013 by a group of UK-based record labels. BBC Radio 1 DJ Jen Long teamed up with Steven Rose of Sexbeat Records and Matt Flag of Suplex Cassettes to establish a day dedicated to the cassette tape. The first Cassette Store Day took place on 7 September 2013 and featured more than 28 shops that stocked special limited-edition cassettes. Some stores hosted live performances.
Currently, International Cassette Store Day is managed in collaboration by Blak Hand Records (UK), Burger Records (USA) and VSI (Japan). Since its creation, the initiative has spread internationally, hosting events in many cities across the globe. CSD’s aim is to bring the cassette format back into shops and to make it relevant again. It also works with labels to provide music lovers with an online alternative to get an exclusive release if there is no event or gig on in their hometown. This sounds like the perfect combination for a cassette comeback, especially given the retro-inspired and non-consumerist culture of Millennials.
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The Observatory Bar/Constellations, 35-39 Greenland Street, Liverpool
- Thu 04 Jan 2018 : 8:00pm – 12:00am
- Thu 01 Feb 2018: 8:00pm – 12:00am
- Thu 01 Mar 2018: 8:00pm – 12:00am
- Thu 05 Apr 2018: 8:00pm – 12:00am
- Thu 03 May 2018: 8:00pm – 12:00am
Black Hand Records
Besides popularizing the cassette format, Black Hand Records is dedicated to helping young musicians make their first steps in their careers in an affordable and authentic way. It provides musicians with the opportunity to book a recording and mixing studio. Thanks to this option, young musicians can focus on their music and let the label take care of the trivial details around launching a first single.
Cassette-only Blak Hand Records are known for finding gems and thrusting them forward. Brit Jean Williams who is running Black Hand Records explains that the label wants to support bands so that they can continue their creativity through. Black Hand wants to be like family to new bands and let them have all the say in design and production of the tapes: “We want them to have something physical to show to the bigger record labels so they can follow their dreams, whatever they may be”.
Singles By Black Hand Records
Newly formed group Los Bitchos have launched their cumbia-style debut single “Trippin Party” via Black Hand Records. Los Bitchos guitarist Carolina explains that Cumbia is a huge genre in South America, almost as important as Britpop in the UK. ”Our sound can maybe be described as The Shadows on a Tequila-fuelled field trip to South America”, she adds.
Manchester band CAESAR have also released their new single, “Crossed Wires”, via Black Hand Records. CAESAR describe “Crossed Wires” as evoking “the division between winter and spring, an outward optimism with a lingering shadow”.