Thick Syrup Records
|Thick Syrup Records|
|Distributor(s)||Blue Collar Distro|
|Genre||Various (indie rock, experimental rock, avant garde, etc.)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Location||Little Rock, Arkansas|
Thick Syrup Records is an independent label from Little Rock, Arkansas. Founded by Travis McElroy in 2006, it specializes in indie rock and underground music. It has released the work of known acts such as Matt Cameron, Jad Fair from Half Japanese, Bob Bert of Sonic Youth, Penn Jillette, Don Fleming and Velvet Monkeys. The label also releases compilation albums with multiple artists.
Thick Syrup Records (TSR) was founded by Travis McElroy in 2005, but the first year was spent on finances and promoting the imprint. The label's first release was 2005’s Gotta Get It Outta Here by Nathan Brown under the moniker Browningham. McElroy's friend Brian Lovell helped with the label early on, and the name was chosen in honor of Lovell swallowing ipecac on a dare from McElroy. Kevin Rogers later began working with the label in Lovell's place.
As of 2013, Thick Syrup has released about 60 albums that include genres as diverse as art punk, low-fi indie rock, experimental exercises, and rock. According to Arkansas Online, "Thick Syrup has helped blaze a proudly twisted musical path all from the humble confines of central Arkansas."
The following is a partial list of artists, past and present, associated with the label:
Luthier Yuri Landman in the Netherlands
Country-punk rock Artist Ben Nichols
Illusionist Penn Jillette in 2007
Australian musician Ben Lee
Singer-songwriter R. Stevie Moore of Nashville
This incomplete list is organized by catalog number, a roughly chronological number system established by the label and assigned to each release.
|TSR||The Tinklers||Seven Ways to Sunday||2010|
|TSR0023||Velvet Monkeys||Everything Is Right||2011|
|TSR0024||Don Fleming||Don Fleming 4||2011|
|TSR||Various (Damien Jurado, Matt Cameron, etc.)||'78 LTD: Compilation CD||2011|
|TSR||Bob Bert||Bewitched - Bob Bert Presents: The Worst Poetry Of 1986 - 1993||2011|
|TSR0047||Weird Paul Petroskey||25 Lo-Fi Years||2012|
|TSR||Yuri Landman Ensemble||That's Right, Go Cats||2012|
|TSR0059||Weird Paul Petroskey||Still Going Strong||2013|