When: Thu., Jan. 15, 9:30 p.m. 2015
TO LIVE A LIE RECORDS 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY | Thursday, jan. 15
NICE PRICE BOOKS, RALEIGH—This show should be a momentous occasion for To Live A Lie Records, as it marks the 10th year of the DIY Raleigh hardcore label with a global reach. In a move fitting the imprint's ever-humble approach, however, label founder Will Butler has opted to celebrate small. Just three bands, all with close ties to Butler's enterprise, will play at Nice Price Books, an accommodating space for all-ages, BYOB get-togethers that feature the sort of extremely loud and fast music To Live a Lie champions.
But in a sense, this is a colossal bill, stacked with bands on marked upswings. This reprise of last year's To Live A Lie Records Fest adds Greensboro's Torch Runner to half of 2014's bill—Arizona's Sex Prisoner and D.C.'s Genocide Pact. It's a triple-header that perfectly symbolizes the label's influential imprimatur.
For Sex Prisoner and Torch Runner, releases through To Live A Lie proved to be stepping stones to bigger imprints. During their stint with the label, Sex Prisoner issued a scathing 12-track 7-inch (yes, you read that correctly) in 2010 and contributed to a three-way split 12-inch in 2013. Last year, the band inked a deal with the in-vogue metal imprint A389 Recordings. Torch Runner's call-up came from the consistent California powerhouse Southern Lord Records, which recognized the band's hybrid of grindcore spasm and doom metal slog. The label re-issued Torch Runner's To Live a Lie LP, Committed to the Ground, and released 2014's excellent Endless Nothing.
For Genocide Pact, which features members of two To Live a Lie acts, the benefits of association are becoming clear. After a self-released 2013 demo showcased their punk-driven death metal revivalism, Chicago's Bad Teeth Recordings issued the band's strong 7-inch follow-up late last year.
Despite the label's quantifiable accomplishments—the catalog boasts more than 100 releases, for one—and the growing accolades of the bands on the roster, To Live A Lie remains a niche concern. This is still vicious hardcore and metal, forever-underground stuff. It's fitting, then, that Butler keeps his ambitions in check, making this celebration of a decade modest in scale if not in volume. 9:30 p.m., $7, 3106 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, 919-829-0230, nicepricebooksandrecords.com. —Bryan C. Reed