It’s not every day a record label just up and calls it quits, but that’s what Australia’s Candle Records is doing. The Melbourne label was originally started back in 1994 as a way for the Simpletons to put out their records. Later the Lucksmiths, Cuddlefish and the Mabels joined the ranks. I first found out about Candle when I got the Lucksmiths, A Good Kind of Nervous. I still remember biking home from the record store with A Good Kind of Nervous tucked in my bag. It was a whole new world Australian indie. From there I went on to discover the punk/folk of the Simpletons and the mellow, warm pop of the Mabels.
Over the years the Candle newsletter in my inbox has been like a warm blanket, smothering me with the friendly pop sounds from down under. The label’s roster of exclusively Australian artists expanded over the years to include Darren Hanlon, the Guild League, and Mid-State Orange among others. I will miss the label’s friendly demeanor and quality releases. I’ve been wondering where the Lucksmiths in particular but also Darren Hanlon, Mid-State Orange and the others will go to put out their records now!?
On 31 March the Candle will close it’s doors for good, in the meantime they’re putting on some Farewell Concerts around Australia (of course). You can also order records up to then from them as well. They have cut some prices and are offering a few deals. So check it out. If you’ve been putting off ordering that old Simpletons records, now’s your chance.
Here are few mp3’s to make it hard to resist.