Published on July 20th, 2012 | by Daniel0
Bikini Kill have Launched their Own Record Label
It is not often that a music group decides to launch their own record label but that is exactly what Bikini Kill is doing. The riot grrrl band will also be reissuing their back catalog on CD in a short while. They released a statement on the Bikinikill.com website in which they stated that they would be launching this record label as part of the celebrations to mark their upcoming 25th Anniversary. The new record label is called Bikini Kill Records. Their self titled EP is going to come out this fall and will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the original release. In addition they are going to re-release their original demo tape.
New songs and old favorites
The band has promised that their forthcoming release will also contain previously unavailable or hard-to-find material on CD and Vinyl. Currently Bikini Kill is working through the archives to fish out practice tapes and photographs as well as live recordings. Hopefully they will be able to get the videos, films, songs, interviews, zines, written material and flyers that describe the band’s history. They will feature prominently on their website as part of the release.
Originally the band had these members: Kathi Wilcox, Bill Karren, Tobi Vail and Kathleen Hanna. In 1997 they split up and Hanna went on to form Le Tigre, a dance-punk band. The Riot grrrl pioneers have been part of the music industry for a very long time. The first reissue will be based on their self-titled debut EP which originally came out in 1992. They will also include the original Bikini Kill demo tape in addition to some material that was previously unreleased.
Digging through the archives for new material
At the moment Bikini Kill is digging up some of its content and will probably use it to promote their newly formed record label. Fans can now stream and download some of the material on the Bandcamp Page. Interestingly they are looking at their entire catalog as well as their side projects which famously included the Frumpies and Casual Dots. It is not yet certain whether the new record label will be taking on established acts or whether it is going to specialize in the pieces that are done by the band. In any case the fans are looking forward to seeing some of the material that Bikini Kill has collected over the years. Perhaps they will also throw in a couple of concert tours for good measure…one can hope.