True Panther was started in 2006 by Dean Bein and Molly Samuel to put out a tour-only 7” by their band Red Tape Apocalypse. The label moved with Bein from San Francisco to New York and continued to put out records from bands using a one to one project style “putting money into something, praying it would sell enough to put out something else” as explained by Bein in a recent interview with Microphone Memory Emotion.

The biggest success to come from TPS was the debut album from San Francisco based band Girls. the album was a joint venture between Matador and True Panther and has become one of the most talked about indie albums of 2009, receiving critical praise from the likes of Pitchfork Media and The New York Times

A blog posted on the Matador Records blog by founding partner Gerard Cosley on the 4th of November 2009 stated “After months of speculation (much of it in our own corridors), we can happily announce that Matador Records has purchased the True Panther Sounds label”. This news ending the rumors that Matador owned all or a percentage of True Panther. Cosley went on to confirm that True Panthers future releases will be worked through the Matador marketing and promotion team.

Edited by truepanthers on 12 Nov 2009, 15:59

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