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Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Independent record label release party (News piece for The Herald)

Words originally for Plymouth daily newspaper The Herald, completed on a week of work experience in December, published in 20 December 2010 issue.

A PLYMOUTH based independent record label are celebrating the success of their second release with a party Exeter's The Tavern live music venue.

Art Is Hard Records are made up of Plymouth University students David West and Richard Walsh, who are both originally from Bournemoth.

They put out their first release, a compilation of their favourite bands from the south west, in September, but opted for an unusual method for would-be fans to get hold of the tracks.

Instead of simply releasing a CD the pair, who live in Bournemouth and Portsmouth when not at university, decided that they would sell self-designed t-shirts that came with a online code for purhcasers to download the songs.

But with the second release they reverted to more classic methods - a 7-inch vinyl for their split release with The Black Tambourines, from Falmouth, and New Years Evil, from Exeter.

The gig at The Cavern will take place on December 28, with live performances from New Years Evil and The Black Tmabourines as well as Concubines, a side project of a member from exciting Exeter band Ono Palindromes. More information about Art Is Hard, the bands, and the release party can be found at their website www.artishardrecords.tumblr.com

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