IN THE RED RECORDS
An interview with headhoncho and labelfounder Larry Hardy. From Savage #4
So how did In the Red start?
It started in 1991. I wanted to put out a Gories single. Thats how I started. They were the first band I ever talked to.
But its not the first single that came out
No. It was supposed to be, but then it took them a long time to get it to me. I put out two other singles before that.
Did you start In the Red as a kind of full-time label?
No, it was a hobby to begin with. It kinda grew.
How come you decided to put out records?
I collected records, and there was a few bands at one particular time that I thought were really good. So I just thought it would be cool to put out some singles by them. I figured that was all I was ever gonna do. Just put out a few singles.
So what happened?
Pretty much the big development was, I met the Gibson Brothers and they came thru Los Angeles and they stayed with me and I wanted to do a single with them really badly. Which I got to do. They broke up right afterwards and all the guys in the band contacted me wanting me to do records with their new bands and one of em was the Blues Explosion. Then, yeah, the Bassholes and 68 Comeback. And the Bassholes had a whole album and they were like Do you wanna put out a whole album? I said sure. The Cheater Slicks, at the same time, did the same thing. They wanted to do another record with me besides the single. A kinda half-hour long song. I thought Oh well, Im doin albums now. It just kept growin.
Do you do it full-time now?
Yeah I do. Theres this other label that I work for as well. Its owned by a friend of mine who works at Warner Brothers and its this little label called Birdman and it does a lot of really strange releases.
Ive got the Headcoats Knights of Thrashville LP
Yeah, we did that. Thats like the only garage record on the label. Its a lot like noise records and electronic records and were about to put out an Othar Turner record, a blues record. Its really amazing. Ill tell you some bad news that came in today, JR Kimbrough died over the weekend. He died Saturday night.
I was really sad to hear that. Were all sittin around here listenin to him.I wanted to go to his jukejoint and see him
Its the same here. I always wanted to go and never did and now Ill never see him.
How old was he?
I dont know how old he was, but hes been sick for a long time. I think hes just in really bad health. Ive been hearing he had health problems for a couple of years. Every time he was supposed to play California he cancelled.
Where did your fondness for the kinda music you put out come from?
Thats the sort of stuff I always really liked. I loved the Gories straight away. As soon as that first album came out I wrote em a letter. That was just it. I always liked that, it probably comes from listening to a lot of Rolling Stones as a kid or something.
So whats coming up on In the Red?
The Pussy Galore album Im gonna have this week. In March Im gonna have this album out by Andre Williams.
Oh yeah. Silky.
Yeah. And thats thats really good. Mick and Dan from the Gories plays on it and wrote the music. Mick produced it and It came out really good. Youll be blown away when you hear it. And I got a Dirtbombs album coming out and Mick is getting here today and hes gonna work on this album with this band called the Screws. Thats gonna be another one of Micks new bands. Hes doin it with the two guys from Johnny Hash and one of the girls from the Red Aunts playing guitar. And thats gonna be, as far as I can tell, it sounds like its gonna be really bluesy. The girl from the Red Aunts I think has been writing most of the music and its all been slideguitar stuff.
Yeah, so thatll be really good. And then in the Summer Ive got a Bassholes double album coming out.
Whats that like?
Its really its by far their best record. They recorded it in a proper studio and this guy from Clawhammer came in as put some sax and harmonica on it. And some of its like big and loud. Its punkrock sounding. It doesnt sound like their other stuff. Its a lot harder and yeah, its their best record.
What about this album they have coming out on Matador?
That one is really good too. It sounds kinda like the last one on In the Red. Its really lo-fi and really weird. A lot of its just Don and a guitar. Like theres not even drums. So yeah, its gonna be interesting cause hes gonna put out a really weird lo-fi album on a really big label and hes gonna come out with this big rock album on In the Red.
Go from extreme to extreme
Yeah, I think that was his plan. And theres talk of him and Bim from the Bassholes doin a band with Mick as well. But that hasnt happened yet.
So what about this other band Mick had with Matt Verta Ray
Oh, Ive only heard one song from it. They went out and they did it in New York and it was Alex from Blacktop. I think it was Alexs idea to hook up with Matt and when they got there like they only got six songs done and from what Im told all six sound completely different. One of ems even a disco song. So I dont know what to do with that because theyre asking me if I wanna put it out but I havent heard it and Mick is telling me that he thinks Im not gonna like some of it. He says one song sounds like the Beach Boys and he says another song is a Beatles cover and I hate the Beatles. But yeah, Id probably put out anything with Mick singing on it so
Yeah, hes got a great voice.Hes my favorite singer.I dont understand why more black people arent involved in rocknroll today
Yeah, well I think, over here in America anyway, black culture is like toatally into rap and electronic and rnb. No one listens to rocknroll or punkrock.
Have you heard any new stuff that you like, demos or stuff?
Yeah Most of the demos I get are really bad. But this band sent me their single I dont know if Im gonna end up doin anything with em or not but its amazing. Its a band called the Blowtops theyre outta New York and its really good. The only thing is that I think it sounds quite a bit like the Necessary Evils. But its really good.
If its that good it might be worth it anyways.
Yeah, Im thinking about doin something with them.
What label is that on?
They put it out themselves. I forget I can tell you, I can look right at the record here The labels Big Neck Records. Its really, really good. Youll definitely like it. Its a four song seven inch. Its really noisey. Youve ever heard the very first Dwarves album Horror Stories?
Only some of it
It kinda sounds like that only noisier.So its more punkrock?Yeah, you can definitely hear Cramps and everything goin on, but its almost as noisey as like a Guitar Wolf record or something.
Wow, sounds good.
Yeah. I just got a single that Eric Oblivian put out by this band called Gasoline and thats really good.So, are the Cheater Slicks playing over there?
Yeah, theyre playing Theyre hopefully doin three gigs in Sweden and one in Norway. And two in Denmark. So thats gonna be cool.[Unfortunately we had to cancel the gigs in Sweden and Norway because of lack of interest from the clubs.]
Yeah, that will probably be cool. Theyre really good live.