On January 6, 2017, it was announced that California-hardcore group First Blood had signed to the Pure Noise Records roster. First Blood is among a number of other groups that Pure Noise has signed in the last few years with long back catalogs, as opposed to being a new act.
Pure Noise, based out of California, is known for being the start up label for successful pop-punk acts including The Story So Far, Handguns, Like Pacific and State Champs whose popularity has exploded. In 2016 State Champs not only drew some of the largest crowds at Warped Tour, but also went on a world tour that included stops in Australia, Japan, and the UK.
In more recent years, Pure Noise has signed on veteran groups including Four Year Strong, Less Than Jake, Terror, Hit the Lights, and most recently First Blood; all whom have a long back catalog of music released through other labels.
Amidst their signing, Less Than Jake wrote:
"Watching Pure Noise work hard over the years and maneuver through the modern music industry should be a lesson for any labels that are just starting out. Couple that with how much they understand the history of LTJ, that they have favorite songs by the band, and understand where we are right now in our career, makes Pure Noise a perfect place for LTJ and the new release.”
Less Than Jake's EP Sound The Alarm is due out February 3rd. Listen to "Whatever The Weather" below:
LTJ are not alone in praising the label in the announcement phases of these groups signings.
Terror vocalist Scott Vogel says:
“After a great run of releasing records with Century Media and Victory for the last 10 years, it’s exciting to find a fresh, new home for Terror. We are humbled to still be a band with a lot of love and support around the world, and Pure Noise Records is exactly who we wanted to work with for our future. We look forward to the next chapter in this wild ride and couldn’t be happier to be doing it together with Jake (Founder of Pure Noise Records).”
The band is expected to release an EP later this year.
First Blood is expected to release their next album Rules on February 10th, you can watch the band’s pummeling video for the new song “Rules of Life” below:
This recent turn of events is interesting and noteworthy for multiple reasons. Pure Noise is a prominent and a growing record label in the pop-punk/alternative scene; with a label known for the success of its new groups and exposure to the scene, it can only benefit the efforts of groups such as these to remain a mainstay in the world of music.
Jake Round, founder of Pure Noise Records, wrote via email that the thought process in signing these groups was simply as followed, “These are all great bands that needed a label and we thought we could do a good job for them.” On keeping with this pattern, Round wrote “In the future, we will be the same as it’s always been. We sign bands we like and work hard for them.”
The big talk around here is the Four Year Strong's 10 Year Anniversary Tour for Rise or Die Trying. The band has scheduled three New England shows: March 10th at The Met in Providence, RI; and March 11-12 at Brighton Music Hall in Boston. One show has already sold out and the others only have a few tickets remaining.
With such a wide range of bands on the label, Pure Noise Records looks forward to continuing to expand their roster.