Paris based indie & electronic label, house for PROHIBITION, NLF3, DON NINO , F/LOR, THE BERG SANS NIPPLE, PATTON, HERMAN DUNE, HELIOGABALE, SOEZA, WILFRIED*, PURR & many others
THE PROHIBITED RECORDS STORY
by Julien Bécourt
Prohibited Records, is first and foremost the story of a family and integrity. In France, few labels have championed such eclecticism or shown such an intense desire to bring together all spheres of independent music. There’s no business plan as such, just a constant rapport with the artists, always ready to help each other out regardless of their different tastes. Twenty years of activism, twenty years of passion for music that stays true to roots and refuses classification.
The adventure started in 1990 in the subterranean arteries of French post-punk, a time of sketchy info from just a few fanzines, dilapidated concert halls and just a handful of record shops. The music was bitter, urban, tense, echoing with the heritage of hardcore and the sound of skateboards flipping, rock that squealed and scraped with atonal guitars, scalpel-sharp basslines, asynchronous rhythms and acrid vocals. Headed by brothers Fabrice and Nicolas Laureau, the group Prohibition stood out with its unusual instrumentation - Quentin Rollet’s free-flowing saxophone and the drone of a sitar could be heard through the decibels. Their reputation started rising in Europe and the USA, where they toured relentlessly, playing with their mentors Fugazi as well as Blonde Redhead, David Grubbs and Noir Désir who were big fans of the group. In 1995, for their third album, Fabrice and Nicolas decided to create their own label - Prohibited Records - and definitively escape from all the conventions of the music industry...
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