Big Scary Monsters Recording Company

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Big Scary Monsters
Founded 2001
Founder Kevin Douch
Location Oxford, England
Official website

Big Scary Monsters Recording Company (often known simply as Big Scary Monsters or BSM Records) is an independent record label, based in Oxford, England.

It has so far been responsible for releases from the likes of La Dispute, Beach Slang, Modern Baseball, Minus The Bear, mewithoutYou, Kevin Devine, Caspian, yndi halda, Gnarwolves, The Fall of Troy, Andrew W.K., Tall Ships, Into It. Over It, Toe, Pulled Apart By Horses, Meet Me In St Louis, Cursive, Joyce Manor, Bear vs Shark, Axes, Delta Sleep, Tangled Hair and Talons amongst others.[1]


Big Scary Monsters was started in 2001 by Kevin Douch whilst still in sixth form.[1]

In Autumn 2006 BSM launched its first sub-label, Alcopop! Records. Alcopop! began working with bands such as Johnny Foreigner, Anamanaguchi, Fight Like Apes and others.

On 7 September 2010, the label celebrated its 100th release. Partied Hard was a DVD/CD compilation featuring over thirty promo, live and bonus videos from the label's history. It was only available between 7 September (the day after BSM099 came out) and 24 October 2010 (the day before BSM101 was due out).

In April 2011 BSM co-founded Pink Mist with fellow indie labels Holy Roar and Blood And Biscuits. A 12" compilation was released on Record Store Day to mark the launch. Pink Mist is an East London-based collective releasing records, promoting regular live shows and blogging about up and coming new bands. In 2012 it was nominated for Best Small Label at the AIM Awards.

Kevin Douch was featured as a speaker at AIM's Indie Con event in 2017[2].

Big Scary Monsters have announced new albums from Lemuria (American band), Yndi Halda, Nervus[3] and Tangled Hair[4] for 2018 as well as a vinyl reissue of Hell Is For Heroes' 'The Neon Handshake'[5].

Since 2007 BSM hosts an annual five-a-side football tournament at Wembley Powerleague, with bands, labels, magazines, shops and other music industry teams competing.[6]

Current bands[edit]

Bands currently releasing music on the Big Scary Monsters record label.[7]

Previous bands[edit]

Bands who have previously released records on the label include:[7]


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