BARF: How long has Silver Sprocket been in existence for?
SILVER SPROCKET: We're coming up on 9 years, through the label Silver Sprocket grew out of (Springman Records) started 19 years ago when I was a teenager.
BARF: What inspired you to start your own independent label?
SILVER SPROCKET: It wasn't on purpose. Putting out records was a fun way to be involved and help out with my friend's bands.
BARF: What’s the label’s most recent release?
SILVER SPROCKET: We just put out a 7" picture disc ep with The Phenomenauts with Neil Degrasse Tyson. Before that were LPs from Franz Nicolay and Blackbird Raum, and a 7" + comic book with Lemuria!
BARF: Contrary to not so popular belief, the Bay Area’s music scene is alive and well; currently, who’s your favorite local artist/band?
SILVER SPROCKET: My favorite local bands right now are Street Eaters, Ragana and Great Apes. Felix Astroblade is great too. There are a ton of exciting bands right now, especially coming out of the East and North bay.
BARF: What’s the most prized record you own?
SILVER SPROCKET: I was most excited to find Crimpshrine's Lame Gig Contest, but I'm not really a "collector" in the sense of coveting records for how hard they are to find. I like listening to my records, which lately has been a lot of Waxahatchee, Worriers and RVIVR.
BARF: What are some other labels you admire (and why?)
SILVER SPROCKET: Recess Records and Don Giovanni Records have been putting out a lot of treasure over the years. I'm really excited by some way smaller labels run by bands to put their own and friend's records out, like Dirt Cult and Rumbletowne, curating a bunch of rad bands i might not have heard about otherwise.
BARF: Anything else that you’d like to share (music or non-music related!)?
SILVER SPROCKET: Artichokes are really good and do weird things to your taste buds. I think they have a mild poison in them as members of the thistle family. Try boiling the shit out of one for like 45 minutes so the pedals are barely hanging on, then munch through about half of it, avoiding more intense flavors like dips or side dishes. Your fingertips and tongue will start to tingle, and if you sip some water, it will taste sweet by artichoke magic. Avocados are great too, don't be afraid to cook them as part of a stir-fry or omelette, they get melty buttery and still taste great!