Italian-based SSLD Records operated from 1999 until 2007, cranking out more than 30 slabs of deranged garage punk, with releases by bands like Lost Sounds, the Dirtbombs, the Bassholes, and the Ponys. Label owner Federico “Mr. Z” Zanutto originally ceased operations to focus on fatherhood, but like any true punk, he wasn’t about to just let the dream die. At the urging of—and with major assistance from—Bric-a-Brac Records co-owner Nick Mayor, SSLD has been resurrected and is now operating out of Mayor’s shop. The first release of its new phase will be the self-titled debut LP from Tennessee-based, formerly local outfit Thing—the new project from Rich Crook, formerly of Lover!, Lost Sounds, and the Reatards—and it’ll be here right in time for the band’s appearance at HoZac’s Blackout Fest next weekend. The record finds Crook teaming up with members of Cheap Time and Unwed Teenage Mothers to create a Ramones-flavored, outerspace-synth, garage-pop masterpiece.
The revived label has a full release schedule set up for the near future, with records from acts like Birds of Paradise, Red Mass, Radio Burns, Choke Chains, and Paul Jacobs all on deck. Keep your eyes and ears open for these guys.
Check out a preview of the Thing LP below.