The Label

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August 2016

Formed by frontmen and childhood friends Michael Kerr and Jordan McGlynn upon their return to Scotland at the end of 2013, The Label are a 4-piece band from Paisley. Backed by Chris Shearer on bass guitar and Ryan Kane on drums, The Label have cultivated their own sound. You couldn’t put a finger on it but you know where it’s coming from. They fuse hard hits, big riffs, delicate melodies and bittersweet lyrics into energy-laden, guitar-based music not constrained by genre or afraid to be big and uncool. They do their own thing. And they love it.

2014 saw them build a loyal following through a series of high-energy performances around Scotland's central belt, before successfully recording and self-releasing their debut EP “Wet Leather” in February 2015. A summer of writing new material seen them return to the live arena with a show at Glasgow's famous King Tut's Wah Wah Hut. For a small band in the west of Scotland, it acted as a huge validation.

“We were originally supposed to be first support for a touring band. We got 8 days’ notice and went all out promoting it as we do any gig. We sold more tickets than the other 3 bands combined. We ended up headlining. Totally surreal”. - Michael

Going from strength to strength, The Label made their return to King Tut’s at the end of 2015 to promote their new single “Private Members Club”; one of two singles to be produced and recorded by the legendary JP Reid (Sucioperro/Marmaduke Duke/Medals). Following the release of their second single “One of the Girls” in May 2016, The Label stepped back from their momentous roll and began writing again. Every song they wrote, reworked and reshaped was better than the next. It was time for the next big step.

Originally conceived as a double EP, “Vodka and Lemonade” would have heavier and rockier tracks on one disc, with “poppier” and upbeat tracks on the other. Down the line it started to become clear that trying to compartmentalise or divide tracks thematically was the exact opposite of what The Label naturally do. Instead, four tracks were chosen to feature on one EP.

The oldest track (Hangover) was originally written at the same time as the tracks on “Wet Leather”, and the youngest track (Black Fiesta) was written a week before the studio dates. Some of these songs conceived years apart, yet still falling into place on the same release. It felt right.

“I think it was a case of ‘we should put our best foot forward’. We didn’t want to put out 8 half-imagined songs. We wanted to put 4 fully polished tracks we could be proud of”. - Chris

Recorded in the heart of Liverpool, The Label quickly got to work on what would later become part of them. The band lived and breathed their music around the clock. Sleep was precious and brief, as the creative process of living in a studio enveloped them. It became clear the band were desperate to birth something that audiences couldn’t ignore. Engineered by close friend Adam Greer, mixed by Bruce Rintoul (Twin Atlantic, Fatherson, WWPJ), and mastered by Ed Woods (The Who, Wilko, Reuben, The Xcerts), The Label sculpted something even they were surprised with.

“We listened to the demos pretty intensely for a month before settling on Bruce and Ed. We were pretty confident those guys could make the EP sound massive. We didn’t know how right we were. Listening to the finished thing is a totally different experience. It was a little strange making the admission to myself that I’d made my own favourite songs. But then shouldn’t every musician feel like that? Or at least aim to feel like that?”. - Jordan

Coming to this point was no mean feat. In the process of creating their work the band have experienced first-hand the heavy tolls of heartbreak, debt, homelessness, corruption, bereavement, black eyes, broken noses and bad blood. From this crucible flows easily The Label’s best work to date. From the poppy “dance-like-no-one’s-watching” indie belter of a title track, right through to the soaring epic closer, “Copenhagen”, the “Vodka and Lemonade” EP concentrates The Label’s dogged individuality, tenacity and fearlessness to do whatever they want however they want, into just over 13 minutes of music. Imagine what they could do in an hour.

Their time is now.

So pray it never ends.

August 2016

Formed by frontmen and childhood friends Michael Kerr and Jordan McGlynn upon their return to Scotland at the end of 2013, The Label are a 4-piece band from Paisley. Backed by Chris Shearer on bass guitar and Ryan Kane on drums, The Label have cultivated their own sound. You couldn’t put a finger on it but you know where it’s coming from. They fuse hard hits, big riffs, delicate melodies and bittersweet lyrics into energy-laden, guitar-based music not constrained by genre or afraid to be big and uncool. They do their own thing. And they love it.

2014 saw them build a loyal following through a series of high-energy performance...

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Past Gigs The Label

  • 08 | 2016 King Tut's, Glasgow The Label EP Launch - Vodka + Lemonade
  • 02 | 2016 Broadcast, Glasgow What's The Noise? Presents...
  • 12 | 2015 King Tut's, Glasgow The Label Xmas Xtravaganza
  • 11 | 2015 The Green Room, Perth The Label @ The Green Rpom
  • 08 | 2015 The Bungalow, Paisley The Label @ The Bungalow
  • 08 | 2015 King Tut's, Glasgow The Label @ King Tut's
  • 08 | 2015 Gourock Go-Rock Music Festival
  • 07 | 2015 Box, Glasgow The Label @ Box
  • 07 | 2015 Walkabout, Glasgow V Festival Battle of the Bands
  • 05 | 2015 The Record Factory, Glasgow What's The Noise? Presents...
  • 04 | 2015 The Buff Club, Glasgow The Label w/ Friends
  • 03 | 2015 The Harvie, Livingston, West Lothian The Begbies w/ Special Guests
  • 02 | 2015 The Buff Club, Glasgow, Scotland Wet Leather EP Launch
  • 12 | 2014 Bungalow Bar, Paisley, Scotland Paisley Music Revival
  • 11 | 2014 Whistlebinkies, Edinburgh, Scotland The Label @ Whistlebinkies
  • 10 | 2014 Bungalow Bar, Paisley, Scotland PMR
  • 09 | 2014 Brick Lane Studios, Paisley, Scotland Paisley Live Music Week
  • 09 | 2014 The Record Factory, Glasgow, Scotland The Label @ The Record Factory
  • 07 | 2014 Tea Gardens, Paisley, Scotland The Label @ Tea Gardens
  • 07 | 2014 Pivo Pivo, Glasgow, Scotland WTNP Showcase
  • 07 | 2014 Pivo Pivo, Glasgow, Scotland King Tut's Showcase
  • 05 | 2014 Pivo Pivo, Glasgow, Scotland The Label's Grand 2-er
  • 05 | 2014 Beresford Lounge, Glasgow, Scotland The Label's Grand 2-er
  • 03 | 2014 Box, Glasgow, Scotland The Label @ Box
  • 02 | 2014 The Record Factory, Glasgow, Scotland The Label @ The Record Factory
  • 02 | 2014 Box, Glasgow, Scotland Justin Bieber Benefit Gig
  • 12 | 2013 Bungalow Bar, Paisley, Scotland Gig No.1

Discography The Label

  • 2016 Vodka + Lemonade EP |
  • 2015 Private Members Club Single |
  • 2015 Wet Leather EP |
  • 2014 Not Modern Romance Single |

Media

  • Video The Label - Vodka & Lemonad...
  • Video The Label - Private Members...
  • Video The Label - Wet Leather

Fan Radar

774 Fans
15,993 Plays
336 Follower

Origin

  • Paisley GB

Founded

  • 2013

Members

  • Jordan McGlynn Singing/Strumming
  • Michael Kerr Picking/Singing
  • Chris Shearer Boomstick
  • Ryan Kane Beat Merchant