BARF: How long has Pirates Press Records been in existence for?
PIRATES PRESS: Our label was started in 2005, and we’ve released about 150 different titles.
BARF: What inspired you to start your own independent label?
PIRATES PRESS: After pressing records for so many other labels, it didn’t take long for us to get the itch - and want to press records for ourselves, our friends’ bands, and help share music that we love.
BARF: What’s the label’s most recent release?
PIRATES PRESS: Our newest release is a brand new full length from the Washington based streetpunk powerhouse NOi!SE, called “The Real Enemy”.
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?
PIRATES PRESS: The band KICKER, in many ways a super-group comprised of some serious Bay Area heavy-hitters, is our office favorite at the moment. They embody what it’s like to NOT be jaded in a scene filled with jaded punks and skins. They capture the raw energy and passion that Bay Area bands and scenes are known for, and bring people of all ages, and sub-genres together to scream along at the state of things.
BARF: What’s the most prized record you own?
PIRATES PRESS: Either an original copy of Cock Sparrer’s “Shock Troops”, or a happy birthday flexi record that was given to me on my third birthday.
BARF: What are some other labels you admire (and why?)
PIRATES PRESS: We’re lucky and fortunate to be in a position where we get to be more than just admirers of some of our favorite labels; actually getting to work with them, and help them press up their vinyl - These include Fat Wreck Chords, Alternative Tentacles, Captain Oi! Records, Randale Records, Contra Records, and many many more...
BARF: Anything else that you’d like to share (music or non-music related!)?
PIRATES PRESS: If anyone needs help getting merch, CDs, and especially VINYL (and flexi records) pressed, please get in touch with PIRATES PRESS. We care about what we do, and are proud to offer the highest quality products and service out there. We can help you make a bigger impact with your next release!