After years of growing in my mind, Sheep Chase Records came to life in 2011 when I first heard the demo tape from Dark Times. I knew that this was just the right project to start off with, which resulted in their self-titled debut EP. Before this I'd spent my time in Oslo on different parts of the alternative underground scene, working at Tiger (the record store), Blå, playing around with Norway Rat Records for a while and more or less being a concert goer and always looking for new and interesting stuff. I guess I've always been an insistent music pusher. I can't deal with the fact that people often are missing the greatest music out there.
After a couple of years being busy with other stuff I joined forces with Dark Times again for their debut album in 2014. AK of the band has also been a huge part of the label since then, helping out with loads of stuff. Then things started rolling and I signed FOAMMM and Outer Limit Lotus and released a more obscure side of Årabrot. The diversity this gave the label was a huge relief as people were convinced we were a rock label or a new hardcore label. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but that never was my mission. And who knows which way the label will go from here. The key is to stay off the main road, curiously looking for new sounds - regardless of genres.
2018 has been a great and hectic year with the debut of experimental noise rockers Mokri, the sophomore album by Dark Times - and just a week ago the release of the extraordinary debut album from Outer Limit Lotus. And now this Friday the release of the insanely wonderful new album from lo-fi legend André Borgen.
We are super excited to see what will happen form here, and I'm sure we can satisfy our followers (yes, we're sort of a cult) with some more mind boggling stuff in 2019.
The weeks to come will feature several great shows from the bands on the label. Starting with the release party for "Lotus Eaters" by Outer limit Lotus this Thursday at Blå (with extended line-up and contemporary art dancers on stage), a way over due celebration of "TOTAL LOVE" by Mokri on Hvelvet/Sentralen on the 22nd, and the release party for "Hands and Feet" by André Borgen at Kafé Hærverk on the 28th.