Rise was founded in 1991 by Craig Ericson in Roseburg, Oregon. He released a small number of 7” records before putting the label on hiatus to attend college. Ericson didn’t release anything further until 1999, after moving to Portland, Oregon. He began issuing small-print 7” records, and his first CD release came in 2000, from the group One Last Thing. The label gave a strong foundation to bands Ever We Fall who later signed with Hopeless Records and Fear Before the March of Flames who signed to Equal Vision Records. Later signees, including Drop Dead, Gorgeous, Breathe Carolina and The Devil Wears Prada gained considerable popularity while with Rise, and moved on to larger labels such as Suretone Records, Fearless Records and Ferret Records, respectively. Rise Records’ releases are currently distributed nationwide by Victory Records.
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