The Calico Print


The Calico Print is a new independent record label based in the North East of England set up by Bob Allan and Andrew Bowers from Ever Since the Lake Caught Fire.

The label will release music from the wealth of talented and undiscovered artists in the North East of England with a DIY work ethic inspired by labels such as Arts & Crafts, SST & Dischord.

Ever Since the Lake Caught Fire are a DIY band from Newcastle upon Tyne that have toured the UK and Poland, played Leeds Festival and In the City as well as releasing two singles on independent label Pay for the Piano Recordings that received air play on Radio 1 and 6Music.

It was through releasing these two singles that Bob and Andrew learnt a lot about the process and wanted to release the bands own material as well as artists from the Newcastle and the North East as a whole.

Bob has also gathered a wealth of knowledge from his current role at Generator and when approached by an emerging band Vinyl Jacket to manage them it made sense to make the first release their single Painting Stations released on 21/02/11.

Painting Stations has gone on to receive airplay from Chris Moyles, Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson and Vinyl Jacket continue to grow in stature at a national level.

The next release will be from Ever Since the Lake Caught Fire scheduled for April time and there will be more releases from other artists to follow later in the year.

Andrew came up with the name and ethos behind the label and has ideas to expand to something more than a label. ‘The Calico Print is a reference to an old newspaper from the town of Calico in USA. It’s now a ghost town, but The Calico Print was the centre of news, the output of that town. I want us to be the same for here. I want us to be a creative output for Newcastle’





By peter on February 9, 2011

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