Stressed Sumo Records

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SSR Biog:

Stressed Sumo Records was set up in 2007 by Phil Rhodes, formerly of Stressed Records and Neil Cooper (Therapy?), formerly of Sumo Records. The label was set up in Derby soon after the pair met playing football with mutual friends, some of whom were members of You Slut!. (Phil supports Sheffield Utd and Neil, Derby County).

Stories behind the bands and how they found their way onto Stressed Sumo Records:

You Slut! and The label go back a couple of years prior to the release of Critical Meat. Neil had known them through playing football with some them and also because Rich co-run Snug Recording Studio in Derby where Therapy? have rehearsed and recorded their fan-only webcast. Phil knew them through 2 compilations of Derby bands that Stressed Records released and gigs that the label had put on. Both Neil and Phil loved the band and were the most obvious band to approach to release their debut album.

Swound! released one of their first ever singles (Disco Siberia) through Stressed Records and when Swound! were ready to release their debut mini-album, Phil introduced them to Neil who was more willing to help the guys out.

Kidnapper Bell came up on the label’s radar when Phil, who was co-running a monthly gig night in Derby booked a band called Go Faster Turbo to play. On the same night, Neil was djing at the gig. Both Phil and Neil enjoyed their set and spoke to them about working them in the future. Soon after the gig Go Faster Turbo changed their name to Kidnapper Bell.

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