|Distributor(s)||RED, ADA, Fontana|
|Genre||Alternative rock, pop punk, post-hardcore, emo, metalcore, melodic death metal|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Official website||Official website of Fearless Records|
Fearless Records is an alternative rock-oriented record label that was founded in 1992. Fearless is based in Westminster, California and are best known for their early pop-punk moments captured in the Fearless Flush Sampler and Punk Bites releases, as well as additional releases by bands such as Bigwig and Dynamite Boy, and later Sugarcult, Plain White T's, The Aquabats, Amely and post-hardcore releases by At the Drive-In. However, the label has experimented with different styles in recent years. Acts like Blessthefall, Tonight Alive, Mayday Parade, Breathe Carolina and The Maine have showcased post-hardcore and alternative bands that have emerged in recent years. Fearless Records' releases are currently distributed nationwide by RED Distribution, Alternative Distribution Alliance and East West Records.
Bob Becker started Fearless Records when he was selling his friends tacos at their shows. He would also go to record stores and put their records on consignment. The record label name came from Bob not knowing what he was doing at the time and "not being afraid to jump in head first." Fearless Records was officially formed in 1994.
In 2000, Fearless Records released Punk Goes Metal, the first compilation album from the Punk Goes... series. Since then the Punk Goes... series has expanded. It has included five Punk Goes Pop releases, two Punk Goes Acoustic releases, Punk Goes 80's and 90's, Punk Goes Crunk, Punk Goes Classic Rock, and Punk Goes X which features cover songs that were featured at the 2011 Winter X Games. Their newest release Punk Goes Pop 5 was released on November 6, 2012.
In 2005, Fearless Records released the studio album All That We Needed by Plain White T's, a thirteen-song collection that proved to be a breakthrough for both the label and the Illinois-based band. "Hey There Delilah," a single from that album, debuted at #1 on Billboard Hot 100, became a success for the label and was certified as a multi-platinum single.
On November 8, 2010, Fearless announced the release of a Christmas-themed compilation album, titled 'Tis the Season to Be Fearless. It would feature eight of their signed artists recording original songs. The album was available for pre-ordering on iTunes the same day, and was released on November 22, 2010.
In 2011, Fearless Records released Breathe Carolina's album Hell Is What You Make It. "Blackout," a single from the album, became another success for the label. It debuted at #32 on Billboard Hot 100 and was certified as a gold single.
In October of 2012 Fearless Records announced that they had launched a sister label called "Old Friends Records," which would sign more indie rock artists.
Artists signed to Fearless Records
- Brandon Herbel (March 29, 2005). "Fearless Records (Bob Becker) - 03.28.05 - Interview - AbsolutePunk.net". AbsolutePunk. Retrieved April 12, 2012.
- Official website
- Fearless Records on Facebook
- Fearless Records's channel on YouTube
- Punknews.org Entry on Fearless Records