Estrus Records

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Estrus Records
Estrus Records Logo 2005
Founded1990 (1990)
FounderDave Crider
Distributor(s)Touch and Go Records
GenrePunk, garage rock, rock and roll
Country of originU.S.
LocationBellingham, Washington

Estrus Records is an independent record label from Bellingham, Washington that makes surf, garage and trash rock music.

They have released such bands as Mono Men, The Drags, The Mummies, Supercharger, Impala, Man or Astro-man?, the Makers,'s, Gas Huffer, Mooney Suzuki, Soledad Brothers, DMBQ, The Cherry Valence, Midnight Evils, Federation X, The Trashwomen, Satan's Pilgrims, The Von Zippers, Tricky Woo, Untamed Youth, Immortal Lee County Killers, The Dexateens, Marble Orchard, The Mortals and Southern Culture on the Skids.[1][2]

For many years Estrus hosted an annual festival, Garage Shock, at The 3B Tavern in Bellingham.[3] Garage Shock featured bands from the labels roster, as well as others from around the world. The last Garage Shock, in 2001, was held at Emo's, in Austin, Texas.

In January 1997, their entire mail-order inventory, private record collection, and some band gear were destroyed in a warehouse fire.[4]

At the start of 2020 work began on a giant book about Estrus Records to be published by Korero Press, titled Estrus: Shovelin’ the Shit Since ’87.

A monthly podcast dedicated to Estrus Records called PodShock started to be broadcast in anticipation of the release of the book in April 2020.[5] Episode one featured Eric Friedl of The Oblivians and Goner Records along with members of The Fells. Episode two featured Mort of The Mono Men and Dave Holmes of The Fall-Outs.

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  1. ^ "Estrus Records". Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  2. ^ "Label: Estrus Records - Rate Your Music". Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  3. ^ Davidson, Eric (2010). We Never Learn: The Gunk Punk Undergut, 1988-2001. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 9780879309725.
  4. ^ McMurray, Jacob (2011-05-23). Taking Punk to the Masses: From Nowhere to Nevermind. Fantagraphics Books. ISBN 9781606994337.
  5. ^ "PODSHOCK – Estrus Records Podcast!".

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