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APF Records
APF Records
Record label information
Founded 2017
Genre(s) Stoner rock, Doom, Sludge, Thrash, Post-Metal
Country of Origin United Kingdom
Based in Salford, Greater Manchester
Website APF Records website
APF Records is a Salford/Manchester, England based record label founded in March 2017 by Andrew Field.[1] The label covers a variety of genres within the heavy music scene, predominantly, though not limited to, Doom, Sludge and Stoner Rock.

BackgroundEdit

First Year (2017)Edit

APF Records was initially conceived of in January 2017 by Andrew Field, who swiftly began approaching bands to gauge interest in releasing through a prospective label he helmed.[2] The label was officially formed in March when the band Under agreed to sign.[3] Within a month of the conversation, the label was given its name, APF, from the initials of Field's name.[3] In an interview with Manchester Rocks, Field described the two main goals of APF Records:

1. Be a label that the finest UK up-and-coming hard rock, sludge, doom and stoner bands want to sign to. We will make our label attractive by treating the bands well, promoting them strongly through grass roots campaigns, and paying them a healthy royalty on time.

2. To release only extraordinary albums and EPs by bands that those of us behind APF are passionate about. If the music doesn't give us goosebumps, we won't be releasing it.

 
— Andrew Field, Manchester Rocks[4]

Within its first year, APF saw a flurry of signings, all of which are listed according to the public confirmation of said deals, rather than the dates and order of actual signing, which is private information thus cannot be confirmed. The second announced signing, Blind Haze, were revealed to have joined the label on April 1st.[5] On April 14th, the third signing was announced as Hull based band Mastiff.[6] May 9th saw the announcement of APF's fourth signing, Leeds based sludge band BongCauldron as well as revealing details of their first full length, Binge[7] released 30th November.[1]

APF001 - Slick - Under

APF001, Slick by Under, was the first album released by APF Records on 31st May 2017.

On 31st May, the first release via the label came with Under's debut studio album, Slick[1] The following week, on June 7th, it was announced that Diesel King had joined APF, with their #gofuckyourselves EP releasing later in the month.[8] On June 20th, RedEye Revival became the 6th band to be announced as signing to APF Records[9], teasing their third full length Double Drop which would release in October of the same year[1]. July 5th saw the announcement of The Wizards of Delight becoming the 7th band to join the roster.[10] APF's eighth singing, Manchester's Nomad, were announced on July 17th. [11]

The tenth signing for APF, announced August 28th, were a new band, Tronald, featuring music from Under's Andy Preece and Halfling's Leaf's Charlie Seisay.[12] On the same day, their self-titled debut album, featuring vocalists from Boss Keloid, Under, Riggots, Mower & The Hyena Kill was announced as releasing on 30th September.[12] The following day, on August 29th, The Hyena Kill were announced as joining APF[13] On the eve of their performance at HRH Doom Vs Stoner, September 29th say Manchester's Pist join APF.[14] Sheffield based post-metal band Ba'al joined APF on October 5th, announcing their debut EP In Gallows By Mass to be released on 11th November.[15] The 18th of October saw Desert Storm enter the APF fold, alongside an announcement that their album Sentinels would be released on 1st March 2018.[16] October 24th was when APF Records announced that they had signed a worldwide distribution deal with Cargo Records.[17][3] The 25th of November saw Hull based sludge band Battalions signed to the label.[18] Manchester's Barbarian Hermit became the last band of 2017 to sign with APF on 8th December.[19]

Continued Growth (2018 - present)Edit

Battalions - Goat Feeder & Vaseline (G)Love - Live at APF Records Showcase II

Battalions - Goat Feeder & Vaseline (G)Love - Live at APF Records Showcase II

January 24th 2018 saw the news that APF Records would be handling the CD release of Tides of Sulfur's album Paralysis of Reason.[20] On 3rd February 2018, the APF Records Showcase gig took place at The Bread Shed, Manchester, playing host to the entire APF roster over the course of the day.[21] The APF Showcase has become a yearly tradition seeing The Bread Shed host as many of the APF roster as possible on the first Saturday of February in 2019[22] and 2020[23] respectively.

On February 8th, Redhill's Trevor's Head were taken on by the label, alongside the announcement of their third album, Soma Holiday, which would be released on 30th April.[24] London's Possessor were added to the APF Roster on October 15th.[25] December 13th saw APF's final signing for 2018, Nottingham's Widows join the roster, alongside the announcement of their two-track single, Ten'Yer, released in January 2019.[26]

On January 29th 2019, it was confirmed that APF Records would be releasing The Grand Mal's self-titled debut.[27] Huddersfield's Gandalf the Green were added to APF on March 21st, alongside the announcement of their 13 minute track A Billion Faces, which released a week later on the 28th.[28] On August 23rd, it was announced that A Horse Called War had joined the label and that they would be releasing their first new music - the Good for Glue (and Nothing Else EP on November 22nd.[29] September saw two bands join APF; firstly, on the 23rd, it was announced that Trippy Wicked & the Cosmic Children of the Knight would be joining APF to release their limited edition Movin On Singles for the 10th anniversary of their debut album Movin On on October 30th.[30] The second band to join in September, on the 30th, were London's Beggar, with a track being released in November and a full length record to follow in spring 2020.[31] The latest band to join the APF roster, Liverpool's Video Nasties, were announced on October 31st, alongside details of their debut album Dominion, releasing in March 2020.[32] As of November 2019, APF Records has an active roster of 22 bands and has released - or fully announced the upcoming release of - 27 physical albums, EPs and singles as well as a handful of exclusive tracks in digital format.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 APF Facebook About - accessed 29th October 2019
  2. Andrew Field Blog Under - Slick - Accessed 2nd November 2019
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Ripple Music A Ripple Conversation with Andrew Field - accessed 29th October 2019
  4. Manchester Rocks APF Records: Resistance Is Futile - accessed 3rd November 2019
  5. APF Facebook APF Records is thrilled to announce its second signing... - accessed 3rd November 2019
  6. APF Facebook APF Records is delighted to announce its 3rd signing... - accessed November 3rd 2019
  7. APF Facebook APF Records is beyond excited to announce... - accessed 3rd November 2019
  8. APF Facebook Diesel King. Brutal since 2010. And now on APF Records. - accessed 3rd November 2019
  9. APF Facebook APF Records is delighted to announce Leeds... - accessed 3rd November 2019
  10. APF Facebook It's about time... - accessed 3rd November 2019
  11. APF Facebook APF Records is delighted to announce our eighth signing... - accessed 3rd November 2019
  12. 12.0 12.1 APF Facebook APF Records tenth signing is TRONALD. - accessed 3rd November 2019
  13. APF Facebook Thrilled to announce that The Hyena Kill have joined the APF family - accessed 3rd November 2019
  14. APF Facebook PIST SIGN TO APF RECORDS - accessed 3rd November 2019
  15. APF Facebook BA'AL SIGN TO APF RECORDS - accessed 3rd November 2019
  16. APF Facebook We are beyond thrilled to announce that Desert Storm... - accessed 3rd November 2019
  17. APF Facebook Delighted to announce that APF Records has signed a deal with Cargo Records UK... - accessed 3rd November 2019
  18. APF Facebook So we signed Battalions - accessed 3rd November 2019
  19. APF Facebook Delighted to announce that Barbarian Hermit - accessed 3rd November 2019
  20. Tides of Sulfur Facebook The cat is out of the bag! - accessed 3rd November 2019
  21. Facebook Events APF Records Showcase - Accessed 30th October 2019
  22. Facebook Events APF Records Showcase II - Accessed 30th October 2019
  23. Facebook Events APF Records Showcase III - Accessed 30th October 2019
  24. APF Facebook TREVOR'S HEAD SIGN TO APF RECORDS - accessed 3rd November 2019
  25. APF Facebook Possessor sign to APF Records - accessed 3rd November 2019
  26. APF Facebook Widows sign to APF Records - accessed 3rd November 2019
  27. APF Records on APF Records Showcase II Event Page ...They are being replaced by The Grand Mal... - accessed 3rd November 2019
  28. APF Facebook Gandalf the Green sign to APF Records - accessed 3rd November 2019
  29. APF Facebook A Horse Called War sign to APF Records - accessed 3rd November 2019
  30. APF Facebook Trippy Wicked and the Cosmic Children of the Knight - accessed 3rd November 2019
  31. APF Facebook BEGGAR SIGN TO APF RECORDS - accessed 3rd November 2019
  32. APF Facebook Halloween seems like the perfect time to announce... - accessed 3rd November 2019
V·T·E APF Records
Current Roster A Horse Called WarBarbarian HermitBattalionsBeggarBongCauldronDesert StormDiesel KingGandalf the GreenMastiffNomadPistPossessorRedEye RevivalThe Grand MalThe Hyena KillTides of SulfurTrevor's HeadTrippy Wicked & the Cosmic Children of the KnightTronaldUnderVideo NastiesWidows
Past Roster Ba'alBlind HazeThe Wizards of Delight
Events APF Records Showcase
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