Candle Records

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Candle Records (1994-2007) was a wholly independent record label based in Melbourne, Australia that begun in true DIY fashion in September 1994. When band manager Chris Crouch was unable to find anyone willing to release The Simpletons’ unique brand of twee indie pop, he did what all good managers do, and started his own label.

Going on to rack up well over 100 releases, Candle Records was somewhat unique in that it concentrated only on local bands with an “emphasis on strong lyrics and a wistful, often humorous Australian feel” and was run more like a co-op than a corporation. Bands on the label would help each other, promoting the label and CD releases, as well as doing regular shows and tours together. This included the popular Candle Records Concert which quickly established itself as an annual highlight of an already crowded Melbourne gig calendar, and occasionally became a touring festival in order to cater for Candle Records fans across Australia.

In 1999, Candle (via Crouch) took over popular independent record store, PolyEster Records, on Melbourne’s Brunswick Street, and later opened a Sydney office ran by Danielle Atkinson. Candle Records even branched out into board games with the release of Crouch’s World Domination game, a canny blend of Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Risk and the Lonely Planet travel guides.

Over the years, Candle Records formed close relationships with like-minded record labels across the world, including Fortuna Pop! in the UK and matinee in the USA. These relationships saw a number of Candle Records artists gain record releases around the world, without having to resort to messy major label licensing deals.

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  • scott_sea

    It was such a great label, and is much missed.

    July 2012
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