Legendary indie label Chute Records is celebrating its 30th anniversary – by entering the publishing business.
In the best traditions of similar publications from the city of (jam, jute, and) journalism, the Dundee-based imprint has produced a bumper, 68-paged fanzine detailing the history of the label and the acts which have graced it over the past three decades.
As well as archive photos the zine features quotes and interviews with most of the people behind the label, as well as, in traditional magazine style, a quiz page (sadly however, there is no Jackie-style photoromance picture story).
Chute was originally formed by Spare Snare frontman Jan Burnett to release his band’s earliest recordings, but as well as their 13 full-length albums to date, the label has expanded to put out records by a range of artists including Broccoli, Stoor, Condition Blue, and Gerils, as well as side projects by members of Spare Spare including Muppet Mule, The Seat Back Tidies, and Burnett’s own solo material under a range of guises.
Famous names have also graced Chute’s sleeves, with the likes of Emma Pollock, RM Hubbert, and Gary Clark appearing on part of The Grand Gestures, a multi-guest project which also garnered contributions from writer Tom Doyle and comics Sanjeev Kohli and Phill Jupitus.
producer engineer Steve Albini is credited with the recording of CHUTELP501, Spare Snare’s ‘Sounds’. The band plan to go into the studio with the man behind legendary Pixies, Nirvana and PJ Harvey releases for album #14.
The limited run of the publication, which comes with a free download compilation, is available now.
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