Ever since the inception of Labyrinth, music has been heavily involved every step of the way in the entire process – from brainstorming to making a design, to printing designs, to doing inventory, to packaging, etc… What originally started as a team of designers to help out local musicians with their design needs, quickly became a clothing company (that also sold at local music shows), called Labyrinth.
Since then (2006), I’ve come across a great number of musicians that making truly inspiring, honest, and passionate music. Some of these musicians have been close friends of mine, others may be a little outside of the local area, and others way outside the local area. Music is a big part of my life (as well as many other people’s lives), and so when I come across a band or artist that I think has incredible talent and deserves recognition for it, I always try my best to help out in any way I can. Whether that’s liking posts, sharing them, asking people to listen to them, or any type of promotion to just get their name out there. Now this is where the Labyrinth family get’s involved. I set out to create the Labyrinth family in efforts to help support those incredible musicians who I feel deserve the recognition and their music reflects the Labyrinth lifestyle. Although we are starting off with a limited number of musicians, I hope to expand it and have a great big Labyrinth Family.
So the first brand I’d like to introduce to you is Athletics. Athletics is an amazing post-rock/ambient band from central, NJ who have such a great sound and are on Deep Elm Records (for those of you who don’t know, Deep Elm is one of the best Indie record Labels out there). Deep elm also lets you stream Athletics first record, “Why aren’t I home” fo free, so please check it out and give them a listen.
On June 9th, Athletics is playing their release show in NJ for the first and amazing Vinyl pressing of “Why aren’t I home” by our buddies, Intheclouds Records which features touch sensitive ink and amazing/unique Vinyl! Labyrinth will also be appearing at that show on June 9th at the Freehold VFW and selling some merch in person, so if you’re in the NJ area, please come through and say hi! Athletics also currently have their second full length, “Who you are is not enough” coming out through Deep Elm Records on June 26th, so keep an eye out for that! (Click that link for an exclusive track off of it!)
So everybody, please warmly welcome Athletics to the Labyrinth Family and lastly, if you haven’t seen the video I posted of Athletics playing on tour, checkkkkk it out here, Athletics, “Why aren’t I home?”.
Thanks for checking in and feel free to share your thoughts about Athletics and other bands below!