Ahead of their Label Mates curation, we got to have a chat with Bill and Lisa Roe, the founders of Trouble in Mind Records. They have released some of our favourite bands inncluding Ty Segalls'Fuzz , Morgan Delt and Night Beats.
When did you start Trouble in Mind ?
My wife Lisa & I started the label in August of 2009 just after the birth of our daughter, Ronnie Moon.
What made you decide to start a label?
We had been playing in a band (CoCoComa) & since everyone told us that your lives are OVER when you have kids, we were just looking for a way to keep music in our lives. Those people were obviously WRONG & our lives didn't end, and we've been able to balance our personal lives & the label too. Lisa works a full time job (affording us the perk of health care; important when you have 2 kids), but i do the label full-time, which is sort of unexpected considering we started it with the intent of only releasing 7-inch singles. As we gained a bit more notoriety & started getting more awesome recordings from bands we realized that the jump to full-length albums was inevitable! Especially when we heard the first Limiñanas album (our first full length). We simply HAD to release it!
What's your favourite perk about having a label?
MONEY & ACCOLADES. Haha, just kidding there's no money in running a label. Honestly I still get excited about hearing things before anyone else! I also enjoy the community & camaraderie with other "label-heads", sharing stuff we're excited about & talking over the ins & outs of running a label. Also finding out their remedies for relief of the constant stress headaches (haha).
What do you look for in a band before you sign them?
Really it just has to move us. Lisa & I are 50/50 partners in life & the label so we BOTH have to be into it before Trouble In Mind gets to release it. We try not to limit ourselves to any particular genre or sound in particular because you never know what might grab you. I think our (past &) current roster reflects that. Fairly diverse, but with a common musical thread. We've been labeled "garage" & "psych", but I always say we release "pop music", which is a slippery term (especially when "pop" these days tends to refer to Drake & Adele or something) but I use it less as an abbreviation of "popular" & more as a genre i.e. "power pop" etc... Honestly after that we really just want the bands we release to be in it to win it, 100%.
Any bands you're super excited about?
ALWAYS! I'm a fairly active music listener & purchaser, so I'm always hearing stuff i dig! Coming soon on Trouble in Mind are a few notable & awesome bands; Omni are a new band from Atlanta that features ex-Deerhunter & Balkans guitarist Frankie Broyles & ex-Carnivores Philip Frobos & Billy Mitchell - their debut album is coming out in July & we can't wait for everyone to hear it. MIND BLOWINGLY GREAT (for fans of Pylon, Talking Heads, Wire). Alto! are an experimental, instrumental trio from Portland, OR that fuse rhythmic & percussive elements (2 drummers!) with Eastern-tinged guitar & synth into an addictive & appealing headscratcher. After that we're releasing a new one from Sydney, Australia band Beef Jerk, who dole out indie-pop earworms with intelligent lyrics that affirm a deep & poetic understanding of working class culture in Australia. Its seriously great. Other than that, non-TiM bands:Octagrape, Honey Radar, Writhing Squares, Spacin', Golden Teacher, Horse Lords, Spray Paint, Cavern of Anti-Matter, Lavendar Flu, Aquarian Blood, Savoy Motel, XAM, Norm Chambers, CCTV, Chook Race, Eaters, Good Willsmith, I could keep going...
What is the next release everyone should be on the look out for?
We just released two excellent albums on Feb 19th by Chuck Johnson & Doug Tuttle, but NEXT ON DECK is a Limiñanas + Pascal Comelade LP "The Nothing Twist" for Record Store Day. It's the North American version of their 2015 album "Traite de Guitarres Triolectiques" release by Because Music in the UK/EU, but our version has a slightly different track list & track order, plus new cover art by Pascal. After that are reissues (re-releases) of the first two Dick Diver albums "New Start Again" & "Calendar Days"; these albums are true modern classics IMHO & have never been issued in North America up to this point. After that; Alto!, Omni, Beef Jerk! (plus a few more things I can't talk about JUUUUUUUST yet)
What can we expect from the Label Mates All Dayer? Any teasers on who the secret headliner is?
The secret headliner is ULTIMATE PAINTING! We had to hold off announcing them due to their show at The Dome, but it's all good now! We personally can't wait to see them on their home-turf. Plus we still have yet to see Primitive Parts or 31Ø8 live! Seriously we couldn't be more excited... Lisa & I will both be there - come say hi!
Trouble in Mind Records take over Shacklewell Arms on March 5.