Carvery Cuts say RSD 'puts too much strain on an overstretched industry'
Andrew Trendell

15:05 30th March 2015

Another smaller record business has spoken out to slam Record Store Day as actually being quite damaging to independent artists and labels. 

Watch our video interview with Carvery Cuts discussing Record Store Day above

Last month, indie labels Howling Owl and Sonic Cathedral came together to take a stand against RSD, saing that it was "certainly not beneficial to small labels" and that was "co-opted by major labels and used as another marketing stepping stone". 

Record Store Day then responded with a lengthy quote that ended with: "We know it’s not perfect and we know we need more pressing plants. But it’s a hell of a lot better than a world without Record Store Day. Give us a break."

Carvery Cuts are an independent London-based business who specialise in vinyl mastering, pressings, restoration and dubplates - and they too have tired of Record Store Day. 

"I don't know how I feel about Record Store Day," Mastering and Cutting Engineer at Carvery Cuts Frank Merritt told Gigwise. "Record Store Day puts an enormous strain on to an already overstressed record industry, and it's predominently hi-jacked by the major labels."

He continued: "Last year we did a lot of records for Record Store Day, and we predominently worked with independent labels. This year, we haven't done any. To me that's a good thing. Last year, it took us over six months to recover from all manufacturing worldwide for vinyl, because of Record Store Day."

He concluded: "So I think Record Store Day is there for people who don't buy a lot of records to go out once a year, and I don't think that's right." 

Record Store Day 2015 takes place on 18 April. Check out the full list of releases here.

  • David Bowie - 'Changes' 7" picture disc: There are very few people with a record player who don't own this song, in some capacity, on vinyl. But do you own it in beautiful picture disc form? We thought not.

  • The Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy live at Barrowlands LP: November marks the 30th anniversary of the Scottish band's seminal debut album, and they've a wonderful habit of playing it live in full. One such event happened at Glasgow Barrowlands, which you can happily re-live on 18 April in high fidelity.

  • Slowdive - Blue Day LP: Initially released in 1992, Blue day compiles the shoegaze band's first three EPs. Initially just 1,000 copies were released, so this re-press has been a long time coming.

  • Courtney Barnett - 'Kim's Caravan', 12": The penultimate track from Barnett's forthcoming debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, 'Kim's Caravan' is yet to make it online. If 'Pedestrian At Best' is anything to go by, it's going to be an urgent, rambling delight.

  • Run The Jewels - 'Bust No Moves' 12": Run The Jewels' second album, Run The Jewels 2, was far more imaginative than its name suggests - in fact, it was one of Gigwise's favourite albums of 2014. All signs point towards this new RSD release being equally great.

  • Chvrches - 'Get Away / Dead Air' 7": This one's a cinematic offering from Chvrches - pairing their contribution to Zane Lowe's re-worked Drive soundtrack with their equally brilliant Hunger Games soundtrack song. Both are excellent songs, and leave us pining for their return on album No.2.

  • Hinds <3 Parrots - Split #1, 7": The Parrots' Diego Garcia produced all the material Hinds (formerly known as Deers) have released so far, and Hinds proclaim, "They're our favourite band!" It looks like Garcia might now be stepping out from his producer relationship with the young band to produce a collaborative 7". We approve.

  • Florence + The Machine - Two track, blue vinyl, 12": We don't know exactly what the two tracks on this exciting 12" will be, but it's undoubtedly going to be big, blue and beautiful.

  • Daughter / Warpaint - 'Winter / Feeling Alright' 12": At the end of last year, these two bands graced the world with remixes of each other's tracks. Now, as promised, they've made it onto vinyl.

  • Father John Misty - 'I Love You, Honeybear' 7": That title sounds a little twee doesn't it? Don't worry - here's the opening line: "Oh honeybear, honeybear, honeybear, mascara, blood, ash and cum." Either way, an excellent cut from one of the best albums of 2015 so far.

  • Laura Marling - 'False Hope' 7": Mumford & Sons might be going electric with their new album, but Marling thought of it first. Her forthcoming fifth LP, Short Movie, is brash, and explosive, then restrained in the right moments, and 'False Hope' sums this up perfectly.

  • Django Django - 'Beginning To Fade' 7": 'First Light', the first track to be taken from Django Django's forthcoming second album, is precise, minimalist and buoyant, which bodes well for this RSD album teaser.

  • Foo Fighters - Songs From The Laundry Room, 10" EP: Given that Dave Grohl is the ambassador for the 2015 edition of RSD, Grohl and co. have a little added pressure for this year's release. It's coming in the form of a four-track EP of unheard tracks and demoes, which includes a cover of 'Kids In America - originally recorded in 1991.

  • John Grant - live in concert with the BBC philharmonic orchestra: Experience the majesty and power of John Grant, with the added cinematic gravitas of a massive orchestra, released in hi-def audio vinyl. Good luck getting your hands on this.

  • Pulp - It 12" LP: Before Pulp were a festival-headlining, Britpop-defining, Michael Jackson-bothering, chart-topping force of nature, they endured over a decade of obscurity - but were still excellent. This was their first album from 1983, showcasing all of the wonderful weirdness that would later blossom into something would dominate an era.

  • Honeyblood - 'No Big Deal / The Black Cloud' 7": Their self-titled debut was a surprise highlight of last year, but this new one-off single of more laissez-faire, slacker grunge-pop is a promising look to the future.

  • Mumford & Sons - 'Believe / The Wolf' 7": RIP banjos. Mumford & Sons are in a new musical phase, and it's distinctly less twangy than before. What better way to celebrate/lament this transformation than buying their electric guitar's first-born on vinyl.

  • Ryan Adams - 'Come Pick Me Up' 7": A staple classic from Ryan Adams' flawless solo debut, Heartbreaker. Own the perfect song of heartache in its ideal format: glorious vinyl.

  • Manic Street Preachers - The Holy Bible LP: Hailed as "a triumph of art over logic" due to its blend of post-punk aggression in tackling anorexia, the holocaust, depression and 20th century anxiety, it's quite simply known as one of the best albums of all time. It was released as a ltd edition picture disk back in 1994, and only available on vinyl again as part of the 20th anniversary deluxe edition released last year. This stand-alone vinyl release is certain to become a collector's item, and rightly so.

  • Johnny Marr - 'I Feel You'/'Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want': One of the greatest guitarists of all time putting an aggressive spin one of Depeche Mode's finest singles, backed by his solo version of The Smiths' crowning moment - what more could you want?

  • Biffy Clyro, Puzzle, double LP: The moment that the Biff translated their introverted math-rock weirdness into a mammoth wall of arena-filling, deafening mainstream success - more than worthy of some glorious vinyl treatment.


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