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Vinyl Perspective: Hand in Hive on Record Store Day 2016

Held every third Saturday in April is Record Store Day (taking place on Saturday 16th April this year). Physical formats are very important to us, and with RSD approaching, we wanted to properly celebrate the all mighty vinyl record. So in the lead up, we decided to catch up with a few of our favourite record labels to discuss their cherished memories with the medium, and the RSD release that catches their eye the most. Today’s label in focus is Hand in Hive.

Written by George O’Brien and Tristan Wilson, Directors of Hand in Hive.

Hand In Hive is a London label and management company started by three friends at the back end of 2014. Our aim is to promote and develop artists we love, helping their music to reach the wider audience it deserves, whilst building the Hand In Hive brand into a trusted source of exciting new indie music.

So far we have released singles and EPs from Alma Elste, Saltwater Sun, Wyldest, BOA and Iiris, clocking up over a million streams to date. Music Week kindly wrote recently that “few create the buzz that Hand In Hive have in their short life so far”; hopefully we can maintain this buzz by working with more talented new artists in the future. 

The record that resonates with you the most…

George: “Interpol’s Turn On The Bright Lights is probably my favourite record. There’s something dark and intensely powerful about it, and the song’s peaks and troughs, particularly through the bass lines, are still spine-tingling for me. Go and listen to “The New”, it’s an amazingly inspiring song and Paul Banks’ lyrics are incredible; he’s a bit of an underrated writer. I remember buying the CD when it came out and passing it around my friends to burn onto iPods etc. and I was so chuffed when my sister gave me the 12″ for Christmas a few years ago. Great to see them releasing a remix EP with some incredible producers like Factory Floor for Record Store Day this year.”

Tristan: “Neil Young’s Harvest has to be the all-time favourite for me. I read a couple of books on him whilst studying and become totally engrossed in his life – probably because there were a vast amount of records to get my head around. It’s pretty impossible to pick a favourite from the album, but “Out On The Weekend” and “The Needle And The Damage Done” would be up there.”

The Record Store Day release this year that you’re most excited about…

Tristan: “As a lifelong Deftones fan I’m suitably excited for the RSD 2016 25-track monster B-Sides & Rarities 2 x LP, on gold vinyl no less. What a treat.”

George: “It’s incredible to see the range of artists releasing for Record Store Day this year, so many to choose from. I’m a massive fan of Natalie Prass, so I’m excited about the release with her mate Matthew E. White. Death Cab are one of my favourite bands ever, and I just bought the Plans LP, so their Guided By Voices cover 7″ would probably be my pick.”

For more on Hand in Hive, head to their website here. Follow George and Tristan on Twitter.

For more on Record Store Day, visit their website here.

Charlotte Holroyd
Editor, Creator and Founder of Bitter Sweet Symphonies. A lover of music and cinema, who's constantly attending gigs and in search of a great experience.

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