We're excited to announce today that Sunday Drive Records has partnered with Deathwish Direct for worldwide physical & digital distribution. This has been a huge goal of mine for the past few years. It was important to me to partner SDR with a company that had the same DIY values and ethos that we've operated with for the past six years, and Deathwish Direct perfectly fits this description. We have a lot of new music on the way and it's exciting to have the opportunity have our artists' music more accessible to listeners and record stores.
What does this mean?
All SDR releases will be physically and digitally distributed via Deathwish Direct. This means our releases will now be much more accessible for record stores to purchase and carry in-store, including stores in Europe. Deathwish Direct offers worldwide physical distribution and solicits to over 600 stores weekly. SDR will be joining Deathwish Direct's roster, including labels like REACT!, Reaper Records, Secret Voice, Dark Medicine + more.
Can I still purchase records directly from SDR?
Absolutely. SDR will continue to operate mailorder for the SDR webstore.
Can I buy SDR releases directly from Deathwish?
Yes! And we encourage it. Deathwish not only carries DW releases and SDR releases, but albums from hundreds of artists and labels within the punk/hardcore & alternative genre. You can pick up a bunch of records at one site while supporting all of the labels/artists involved.
Will SDR releases now be available at my local record store?
We hope so! While Deathwish Direct continues to sell directly to local stores, asking your store by word of mouth is always super helpful and will help get our records into more stores like yours. You can ask for any of our releases to be ordered and your store should be able to order them at wholesale via Deathwish Direct. Contact info is below:
We are pleased to welcome Germany straight edge hardcore band, Spark to Sunday Drive Records. Spark formed in 2017 by a group of friends with the initial goal to write in the style of passionate ‘00s hardcore that they grew up with. The German straight edge hardcore band released a demo that year that perfectly captured this sound—taking on influences from early- ‘00s youth crew/hardcore bands like Carry On, Have Heart, and In My Eyes. Their music delivers much more than this though. Throughout their 2017 Demo and 2019 Split w/ Chain Reaction (Control Records), Spark has established an overall theme with their music. To precisely capture this, vocalist Andy Villhauer states, “It’s not straight edge, it’s confronting yourself with troubling questions and issues. Trying to find answers and solutions to become a better person in the end.”
Texas alternative/shoegaze band, Glare is back with new music for the first time in two years. Their new single advances their original shoegaze sound and incorporates a more abrasive, post-hardcore sound mixed with their signature sound. This is their first single back. Lots of new music on the way.
We are pleased to welcome NY’s hardcore band, Utmost to Sunday Drive Records. Their new single, "Big Dose" is out today and you can watch their music video now over at No Echo.
Utmost is a hardcore band from Staten Island, New York that formed in 2018 by members Alex Allen, Jonathan Wisniewski, and Alex Michael Mazzie. Utmost at heart is a hardcore band, yet sonically, their music explores a wide range of influences from 90s post-hardcore bands like Seaweed and Farside, to early 00’s straight-forward hardcore like Mental and Battery with a mix of chaotic metalcore like Botch and The Chariot. The result is Utmost— high-energy, fun, upbeat, sometimes chaotic hardcore with 90’s alternative melodies. After releasing a few singles and their 2018 debut LP, “A Garden, A Grave”, Utmost is ready for 2021 with new music and a refreshed sound to share, starting on January 29 with the single, ‘Big Dose’.
We are pleased to welcome Freehold, New Jersey's alternative/shoegaze band, All Under Heaven to Sunday Drive Records. Formed in in 2017 by songwriter Nick DeFabritus, the band self-released their first demo on Bandcamp, and since then, Nick has stayed busy playing in the NJHC band, Shackled. In 2020, Nick revisited All Under Heaven with Shackled bandmate, Michael Cucci to begin writing new music. The band evolved their sound since their demo, incorporating more melodies and heaviness—taking on influences from bands like Starflyer 59, Team Sleep, and Title Fight.
Today, you can listen to a 2-song promo, "Promo 2021" everywhere, which features a new single and a cover of Starflyer 59's "She Only Knows". Their new EP, “Collider” is set to release February 26, 2021, on SDR. Listen below.