Hopeless Records Celebrates 20 Years

On December 4th, 2013, Hopeless Records – the home to bands such as All Time Low, Taking Back Sunday, The Wonder Years, The Used, We Are The In Crowd and many more – will celebrate its 20year anniversary as an independent record label.


Label founder and president Louis Posen remarks:
“There is a proverb that says, ‘If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.’ We recognize these past 20 years have everything to do with the fortune and opportunity to work with amazing fans, co-workers, artists, managers, agents, distributors, retailers, media outlets, individuals and organizations. There aren’t words to describe the level of gratitude and appreciation we feel for all those who have supported Hopeless Records and Sub City these first 20 years.  We hope we have given to you as much as you have given to us.”

Founded in 1993, Hopeless Records has had much to celebrate in its 20 years. In two decades, the label has been transformed from small beginnings as the punk-centric hobby of Posen into one of the largest independent record labels in the world according to market share, while releasing music spread across a valley of genres.


Hopeless first gained recognition in the 1990’s with releases from 88 Fingers LouieDillinger FourAtom and His PackageMustard Plug, The Weakerthans, Samiam, The Queers, Fifteen, the Cinema Beer video compilation seriesthe Hopelessly Devoted compilation series and more.

The second decade of the label’s history kicked off with the first two releases from multi-platinum artist Avenged Sevenfold and genre-defining legends Thrice. In 2005 Hopeless Records scored its first gold record with Avenged Sevenfold‘s “Waking The Fallen” and its first gold single in 2011 with All Time Low‘s popular song “Dear Maria, Count Me In”.


Recently, Hopeless has developed the careers of young bands like The Wonder YearsWe Are The In CrowdAir DubaiNeck Deep and many others. The label has released albums from established acts like YellowcardThe UsedSilversteinEnter Shikari and All Time Low. Meanwhile, Hopeless continues to attract iconic established artists like Taking Back Sunday and Bayside.


The label’s 501(c)(3) charity arm Sub City was established in 1999. It has raised over 2 million dollars for over 50 non-profit organizations by connecting bands and fans to causes they are passionate about. Sub City has been recognized for its efforts by the 110th U.S. Congress, the California Senate, the Los Angeles City Council, the National Association of Retail Merchandisers (NARM), Billboard magazineAlternative Press Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and many other publications.


To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Hopeless Records will be holding a private event at legendary venue, The Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA on December 14th, 2013.


The event will also help raise awareness for Sub City’s first benefiting charity, the Foundation Fighting Blindness – a charity founded in 1971that is dedicated to funding innovative research to find preventions, treatments, and cures for inherited retinal degenerative diseases that lead to blindness and affect more than 10 million people in the United States.


Limited edition, commemorative 20th anniversary merchandise (including t-shirts and snapbacks) will be available soon via the Hopeless Records web store and at the event. Proceeds from these purchases will be donatedto the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

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LIONS LIONS to Release Digital EP on December 4, 2012

With the release of their stunning album To Carve Our Names earlier this year, LIONS LIONS has been favored by many as the band conveys a distinct, yet familiar post-hardcore sound, reminiscent of early Story Of The Year, Thrice and The Used. “Boston’s Lions Lions might just be the band to wake up the post-hardcore/screamo genre,” exclaims GetExposedMusic.com. To cap off a great year, LIONS LIONS will release a digital EP titled Grounded on December 4, 2012 via Century Media Records.

The EP will be available for purchase through all major digital outlets, and features the track “Grounded” off of the album To Carve Our Names, in addition to a previously unreleased acoustic version of “The Right Steps.” The iTunes release will also include a download of the “Milestones” music video:

Eager to get music out to fans, LIONS LIONS has teamed up with AbsolutePunk.net to premiere the acoustic rendition of “The Right Steps” that will be featured on the EP. The track can be heard here: http://absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?p=115833012

THE OVERSEER Premiere New Song ‘Amend’

Surging hard rock outfit THE OVERSEER are officially starting the countdown to the June 19th release of their debut album We Search, We Dig with the unveiling of the track “Amend.” The standout track showcases the kind of dynamics that THE OVERSEER brings to the table on We Search – melodies both soaring and soft, coupled seamlessly with a caterwaul of unhinged heaviness. “‘Amend’ is probably our collective favorite song,” says bassist Bradley Riggs. “It shows the softer melodic side of the record, but also demonstrates the heavy, slightly chaotic side as well.”

Listen to ‘Amend’:

In addition to giving fans a taste of the new album, THE OVERSEER are giving fans a look behind the curtain at the recording process of We Search, We Dig with several video blogs from the studio. The recently released first installment takes a look at the band recording drum tracks with producer Matt McCllellan.

Watch the studio blog: http://youtu.be/-XOGF_Cbugw

Recorded earlier this year at Atlanta’s Glow In The Dark studios, We Search, We Dig is a huge, dynamic debut that calls to mind artists like UNDER0ATH, THRICE and CAVE IN though with a clear, distinct voice that never emulates those artists directly. With this release, THE OVERSEER delivers hard-hitting, uncompromising hard rock that belies the members’ young age. This isn’t “cash in on the latest trend” music, it’s “sweat and tears” hard rock, with a little blood thrown in for good measure.

Now, with the album’s release on the horizon, THE OVERSEER has gone back to doing the other thing they do best: tour, tour and tour, taking their music and their spiritually-minded message to eager fans. In support of the album, the band will hit the road this June and July as part of the More Than Sound tour, headlined by WAR OF AGES.

With the release of We Search, We Dig, THE OVERSEER is firmly planting their flag as a future genre frontrunner.