Mightier Than Sword Records

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Mightier Than Sword Records
Founded January 2006
Founder RJ Crowder-Schaefer
Genre Punk rock
Country of origin U.S.
Location Brooklyn, New York
Official website http://www.mtsrecords.com/

Mightier Than Sword Records[1] was an independent record label based in Brooklyn, New York. Its releases are not confined to any particular genre, though most fall within the punk/hardcore genre and also socially/politically conscious bands. A majority of releases are on vinyl. Most notably, Mightier Than Sword has released two Blink 182[2] records on vinyl, along with The Ataris,[3] The Juliana Theory,[4] and more.

Recently Mightier Than Sword Records signed Citizen.[5]

After the earthquake in Haiti, Mightier Than Sword Records teamed up with its sister label Academy Fight Song to auction off vinyl test pressings with all proceeds going to Haiti relief[6] and the Red Cross. Copeland, Person L, and Kevin Devine records were put on eBay for the benefit. Other vinyl based labels participated including Paper + Plastick Records.[7] After the label head stole money from thousands of customers totalling in the tens of thousands, the validity of this charity auction came into question, with many people believing the donation aspect was not held by Mightier Than Sword and the label head pocketed all the money.

In July 2011 the label announced it would be releasing a limited edition vinyl repressing of Take Off Your Pants and Jacket by Blink 182 on September 6, 2011.[8] After the September release was not met, label owner RJ Crowder-Schaefer released a statement a month later on October 3 apologising for no communication with customers, he then revealed that the release was still in the design stage and hadn't actually entered production but denied rumours that the release had been cancelled.[9]

In February 2012 the label released another update claiming that delays had been caused by difficulty designing the package and custom sleeve to house the 3 separate 7" vinyl that would accompany the release. Crowder-Schaefer claimed as an apology to fans that Mark Hoppus had written an exclusive foreword for the release, however there was still no official date for the release.[10] It was then reported on that online store ShopRadioCast.com had partnered with MTS for the release and that it would be shipping on 10 April 2012. After the new ship date passed it was claimed that the release had been cancelled[11] leading Blink 182 to release a statement claiming that they were looking into the situation.[12][13] In December 2012 Hoppus stated in an interview with Alternative Press that the record label, Mightier Than The Sword had gone bankrupt leading to fans never receiving their product or a straight up refund.[14]

Discography[edit]

Artist Title Date Format
Prevail Within The Architects Of Broken Souls June 20, 2006 CD
Prevail Within/Smartbomb Split February 13, 2007 7"
Ris Paul Ric Purple Blaze May 15, 2007 180 gram LP
Smartbomb Chaos And Lawlessness' February 19, 2008 70 gram 7”
Last Lights Self-Titled August 12, 2008 7" / digital EP
Within Walls Set Me Free December 16, 2008 LP
Smartbomb Diamond Heist March 2, 2009 LP
No Harm Done Escape March 26, 2009 LP
O Pioneers!!! Neon Creeps April 7, 2009 Cassette Tape
Last Lights No Past. No Present. No Future. May 26, 2009 LP
In The Hollows Self-Titled November 17, 2009 7" / digital EP.
Mountain Man[15] Demo July 26, 2009 CD
Such Gold[16] Stand Tall Digital Released: September 8, 2009/CD/7" Released: September 22, 2009 CD / 7" / digital EP.
Blink 182 Enema Of The State 1st Pressing Released: December 1, 2009/

2nd Pressing Released: January 12, 2010

LP
Take Notice The Get-Go EP December 15, 2009 7"
After The Fall Collar City January 5, 2010 7"/Digital EP
Blink 182 Dude Ranch January 12, 2010 LP
Mountain Man One March 9, 2010 10"/Digital LP
The Juliana Theory Understand This Is A Dream March 23, 2010 LP
The Ataris Blue Skies, Broken Hearts...Next 12 Exits April 13, 2010 LP
No Trigger Be Honest December 14, 2010 7"/Digital EP
Bayonet Bayonet July 26, 2011 12"/Digital EP

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1], Mightier Than Sword Records Official Website.
  2. ^ [2], Official Blink 182.
  3. ^ [3], Ataris release Info.
  4. ^ [4], Juliana Release Info.
  5. ^ [5], Citizen.
  6. ^ [6], Alt Press Haiti Relief.
  7. ^ [7], Paper + Plastick.
  8. ^ "blink-182 "Take Off Your Pants And Jacket" LP + Bonus 7"s (Red/Yellow/Green)". mtsrecords.com. 7 July 2011. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "blink-182 "Take Off Your Pants And Jacket" LP & 7″ Update". mtsrecords.com. 3 October 2011. Archived from the original on 10 October 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Update on the blink-182 "Take Off Your Pants And Jacket" LP Re-Issue *UPDATED 02/17/12*". mtsrecords.com. 25 January 2012. Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Blink 182 Vinyl Cancelled?". propertyofzack.com. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Blink issues statement about MTS". modern-vinyl.com. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Mark Hoppus to Look into Vinyl Delay". propertyofzack.com. 13 April 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Interview: Mark Hoppus on Blink-182’s new EP, the end of "Hoppus On Music" and Future Idiots". Alternative Press. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  15. ^ [8], Mountain Man Sign to MTS.
  16. ^ [9], Such Gold Sign to MTS.

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