Tacoma has always had a constantly changing music scene. If you go to a random bar in Tacoma on a weekend, you don’t know what sort of music you might find. It could be one lone girl with an acoustic guitar or it could be a full on punk band with a style all their own. Patrick Smith knows that Tacoma is full of great musicians. That’s why he started Splatterhouse Wreckords. He took some time out of his schedule to join us for 5 Question Friday and tell us a little about himself, his label, and his bands.
1. How did Splatterhouse Wreckords get started?
Splatterhouse Wreckords has been a work in the making for a while. The label got its official start in September of 2011 when my buddy and I finally agreed on a name. The first band to release an album on Splatterhouse Wreckords was Tacoma’s own Sok and the Faggots with their release “Shit Happens When You Party Naked.”
2. What makes your record label different from others?
I try to run Splatterhouse Wreckords band friendly. I choose bands that I like. Having bands on my label that I personally enjoy motivates me to do as much as possible to help that band succeed. I also don’t believe in changing the direction a band wants to go with their albums. If I trust a band enough to offer them a contract with Splatterhouse, I trust them to make the right decisions in the studio.
3. Who are some of the bands on your label?
Sok and the Faggots – Tacoma
Bass Line Bums – Austin
Load Levelers – Seattle
Angie and the Car Wrecks – Centralia
Latex Willer – Croatia
Here are some of our upcoming projects:
Live split with Angie and the Car Wrecks and the Hard Money Saints. The album will be recorded on May 19th at the Grayland Community Center. Come check out the show and party with the bands.
We will be teaming up with Psycho a Go Go Records to release a split EP. The album will consist of a band from their label and a band from my label. Both bands will record 5 new songs for the album.
We are also working on our second compilation album. The album will be called “Splatterhouse Massacre 2, Sloppy Seconds” and it will include bands from Splatterhouse Wreckords and other bands from around the world.
4. What excites you about the Tacoma music scene?
Tacoma has a great music scene. I think the thing that excites me the most about the music here in Tacoma is the support bands get. There are some great venues in the Tacoma and greater Tacoma area that know how to treat a band while they are playing. Bands in Tacoma also get a lot of support from the fans. Show goers in Tacoma know how to have a good time.
5. In your opinion, what’s the most underrated band in Tacoma?
I think underground music as a whole is underrated or unrated. Some of the best musicians in the world play in underground bands. That’s why I do what I do. I love underground music and I want people to hear it. I will continue putting out music till I am dead and my ashes are in a PBR can on someone’s shelf.
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I’d like to thank Patrick for joining us. And as always, if you or someone you know wants to be part of 5 Question Friday, write me and firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me why.
– Jack Cameron