Dischord Records releases entire back-catalogue to stream for free

Making use of Bandcamp’s revenue waiving scheme. That’s pretty punk.

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Iconic punk label Dischord Records has made its entire 40-year back catalogue free to stream on Bandcamp to help its fans through this difficult period of time.

Fans who are keen to lend a helping hand to artists may also purchase these audio files on the streaming service. With its revenue-waiving scheme, Bandcamp has also been doing its part to support the music community. The scheme sees Bandcamp waive its sales fees on every first Friday of the next two months. The next date is 5 June.

Dischord Records was founded in 1980, and has been a stalwart of the Washington D.C. punk scene ever since. Bands from Minor Threat, Government Issue, The Faith, Void, Iron Cross, Embrace, Rites of Spring, Nation of Ulysses, Scream, Soulside, S.O.A., the Teen Idles, Gray Matter, Jawbox, Marginal Man, Shudder to Think, Dag Nasty, Lungfish and Fugazi have all released records on Dischord.

While the ongoing pandemic has led to the free streaming, it’s also meant the label has had to delay a release of some records. Writing in a news update, the label said :“With the shut down of distributors and record stores still in place across the country and world, Dischord has decided to postpone the release date of the Coriky record until late May. We realise that there are many people who have been waiting for the records they ordered and we very much appreciate their patience.”

“The decision to further postpone the record was made in solidarity with the shuttered shops and distributors and with the hope that the independent music network will survive. This is uncharted territory, but we’re doing our best to look out for all concerned and hopeful that we can all get to the other side of this together.”

Find out more at dischord.com, and stream the back-catalogue over on Dischord’s Bandcamp.

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