Candle Records

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Candle Records
Founded 1994
Founder Chris Crouch
Genre Independent rock
Country of origin Australia
Location Melbourne
Sydney
Official website http://www.candlerecords.com.au/

Candle Records was an independent record label that operated from 1994 to 2007. Candle Records was originally based in Melbourne, Australia and founded in September 1994 by Chris Crouch.[1]

The label concentrated only on local bands with an "emphasis on strong lyrics and a wistful, often humorous Australian feel" and was run more like a co-op than a corporation. Bands on the label would help each other, promoting the label and CD releases, as well as doing shows together. The first release by the label was The Simpletons's EP, The Nod, in October 1994.[2] This was followed later that year by The Lucksmiths' Boondoogle and Cuddlefish's Grap’s Fruity Elixir.

Candle went on to have over 100 releases. They took over independent record shop, PolyEster Records, on Melbourne's Brunswick Street[1] and opened a Sydney office ran by Danielle Atkinson. Crouch decided to close the label down on 31 March 2007, citing "time for a change". The last release by the label was Darren Hanlon's single, "Elbows", in February 2007.

Just before closing down the record label, Candle put on a big farewell show that toured the east coast of Australia. Starting in Brisbane, and then moving to Sydney and finally Melbourne, the all-star show consisted of sets by regular Candle family members The Lucksmiths, Darren Hanlon, Anthony Atkinson and the Running Mates, The Girls From The Clouds, Mid-State Orange and The Small Knives. The Sydney gig, and the first of the two Melbourne shows, notably ended with an all-star cast performing an encore of Michael Jackson's "We Are The World".

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An unrelated record company with this name existed in Hobart in the 1970s and 1980s, with Nick Armstrong as the owner/manager. Ian Paulin was one of the artists to be associated.

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  1. ^ a b "Chris Crouch - Bars & Pubs". TimeOut Magazine. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Roberts, Jo (5 February 2005). "A decade on, Candle stills burns bright". The Age. Retrieved 26 June 2014.