Frequency Deleted Records Interview


25966_labelI had the opportunity to interview Chris, the co-owner of Frequency Deleted Records. FDR is at the heart of the scene here in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. Chris not only runs the label, but is also active in the music scene with his band War Cross. I got to ask him a few questions on how he got into hardcore, the formation of FDR, and what we can expect in the future from the label.

How did you get into hardcore?

Here’s the abridged version. I couldn’t stand my peers/classmates/neighbors. I felt lost and slighted. Found the exact opposite of what they liked and found my home. Originally I was interested in death metal but I felt disenchanted when I realized most of the people in that scene weren’t as intense as their music sounded…stumbled upon hardcore and found a home.

What was the first show you remember going to?

My first hardcore show was One King Down, Candiria, Fourtydaysrain and some other openers I don’t remember at the Infinity Nightclub in Springfield.

How did Frequency Deleted Records start?

Anthony was on a hiatus from hardcore from the late 90’s-early 2000’s for some reason. It seems in western mass this was a really bad time for hardcore and a lot of people who were involved in it seemed to lose interest. I can only say that based on what other people said about the mid/early 90’s since I wasn’t part of that. Without having any perspective I thought it was a great time. Anthony decided to get back into our scene around 2003 and wanted to start a label. He didn’t have any good connections and was initially dealing with people and bands that didn’t have his best interest at heart and truthfully were really terrible. I heard through the grapevine that a guy was offering sort of crazy deals to some shitty locals and when I found out who he was (ex guitarist of a band I used to see in the late 90’s) I approached him and offered my help hooking him up with some better bands and advice. He immediately offered me 50/50 ownership of the label and the rest is history I guess.

What do you look for when you sign bands to FDR?

The first thing we look for is a band that is down with what we are about. Are they part of what’s going on and really about it or just leeching off the scene for the wrong reasons? We really want bands with some substance and that we think will stick around for a while. We want people who can actually play and write and be truly provocative. Intelligence and street credibility is probably the biggest thing I’m interested in. Is this band for real about what they are saying and do they have the balls to stand behind their music no matter what…if the answer is yes and yes then I’m usually with it.

What band do you think sums up what FDR is about?

Vice and/or Living Laser. Both bands are in it for the right reasons. I know that is a shitty cliche but its the truth. They are quality over hype. Vice has dealt with so much bullshit since they started with Internet drama but they continue to move forward playing every show they can get. Never getting a big ego, just destroying. I like to think that our label is that. We aren’t some exclusive holier than thou label or the flavor of the week. Our catalog speaks for itself. We pride ourselves in being accessible to the kids and having bands that people can feel like they are a part of. Living Laser is sort of the same thing in the sense that these guys aren’t hardcore royalty(which is a laughable concept). They are down to earth people who have been around forever and have been part of criminally under-rated projects like Robots and Empire. They love hardcore and they have a legitimate connection with the guy and girls in their scene. I’m not worried about this band selling records or getting on the fest circuit. It doesn’t matter to me. The music speaks for itself. We are trying to create a catalog of work that someone years from now will look at and say wow, they really had something.

You can only listen to 3 bands the rest of your life. Who are they?

Cro-Mags. Morrissey. Dinosaur Jr.

Both you and Anthony have been in the music scene for awhile. How has it changed for the better, and how has it changed for the worse?

I will speak about WMHC since that is my scene. I love the solidarity our scene has at the moment. We have a real identity which I think is really important. When I think of WMHC right now there is a definitive look, sound, vibe… I think what we have now is a hybrid of our early 2000’s metalcore scene and hardcore/punk scene that was really booming at the time. When Shoot to Kill started the people who followed the band came from both sides of the aisle. Revenge came shortly after and helped further establish that scene that we have today. My only complaint at the moment is I wish the younger kids in our scene were starting more bands and getting a bit more involved doing zines, radio shows, artwork… I think this age of tumblr and social media has allowed people to be over-stimulated and live vicariously through other peoples lives confusing that with their own identity. Who cares what happened years ago? I like to think this is the golden age. Make something happen, you know?

What should we be looking forward to in the way of Frequency  Deleted Records?

We are finally putting Shoot to Kill “Altar of Pigs” on vinyl. New East Beast EP is about to drop as well as the 2nd pressing of their first EP. Recycled Earth is doing a record with us. New Living Laser record coming soon. We should have a new War Cross EP soon as well. And lastly we have a new Vice record in the works as well as a repress of their EP.

Shout outs?

Shout outs to anyone who is contributing to hardcore/punk culture. B9, Arrest, Shoe City, Trip Machine, all the labels, bands, girls and guys who are really about it.


Frequency Deleted Records Website
War Cross Bandcamp

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