Rise Records

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Rise Records
Rise Records Press Logo.jpg
Parent companyBMG Rights Management[1]
FounderCraig Ericson
Distributor(s)ADA, Warner Music Group[2]
Country of originUnited States
LocationBeaverton, Oregon
Official websiteriserecords.com

Rise Records is an American record label currently based in Beaverton, Oregon, mainly focusing on heavy metal and punk rock music artists.


Rise was founded in 1991 by Craig Ericson in Nevada City, California. He released a small number of 7" records before putting the label on hiatus to attend college.[3] Ericson didn't release anything further until 1999, after moving to Portland, Oregon.[3] He began issuing small-print 7" records, and his first CD release came in 2000, from the group One Last Thing. The label gave a strong foundation to bands Anatomy of a Ghost, Ever We Fall (who later signed with Hopeless) and Fear Before the March of Flames (who signed to Equal Vision). Later signees (e.g. Breathe Carolina, The Devil Wears Prada and Drop Dead, Gorgeous), gained considerable popularity while with Rise, and moved on to what were larger labels at the time (Interscope, Fearless and Ferret, respectively). Rise has also signed some veteran bands, including Hot Water Music, Bouncing Souls, The Bled, Bleeding Through and From First To Last.

Rise Records' releases are distributed in the U.S. by ADA and BMG. In July 2013, the company moved from Portland to neighboring Beaverton, Oregon.[4] The label has a distribution deal with Alternative Distribution Alliance,[5] the indie distributor owned by Warner Music Group and directly in Europe and Australia with Warner Music and BMG.[6]

On 9 September, Australian label UNFD announced a distribution partnership with Rise.[7] On 18 May 2015, BMG announced the acquisition of the label. Rise will maintain its headquarters and Ericson will remain in charge. BMG will help with back office operations and provide Rise a more international reach.[8] On 8 December 2017, Craig Ericson announced his departure from the label.[9]

On February 18, 2021, Rise Records announced a partnership with Blue Swan Records which is founded by Dance Gavin Dance guitarist Will Swan. [10]


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  1. ^ "News | BMG Music Rights Management". Bmg.com. 18 May 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Warner signs BMG deal for exclusive worldwide distribution of catalogue". 19 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b Label Profile: Rise Records. Alternative Press, October 2008, p. 56.
  4. ^ Marum, Anna (12 August 2013). "Alternative rock label Rise Records moves to Beaverton for better tax climate". The Oregonian. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Ada – Independent Music Worldwide Services".
  6. ^ "Supporto". Discotecalaziale.com. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  7. ^ "UNFD". Unfdcentral.com. Archived from the original on 19 May 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  8. ^ Ingham, Tim (18 May 2015). "BMG acquires US label Rise Records in multi-million dollar deal". Music Business Worldwide. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Craig Ericson Steps Down As Rise Records' CEO". Kill The Music. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Blue Swan Records partners with Rise Records". AltPress. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  11. ^ "Rise Records on Instagram: "04_30"". Archived from the original on 23 December 2021.
  12. ^ Rogers, Jack (8 October 2021). "Circa Survive Have Signed to Rise Records & Announced a New EP". rocksound.tv. Rock Sound Ltd. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  13. ^ "Dance Gavin Dance Re-Sign To Rise Records – PropertyOfZack". Propertyofzack.com. 10 January 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  14. ^ "Rise Records Signs Dave Hause, re-release "Resolutions"". PunkNews. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  15. ^ The Distillers release 'Live In Lockdown', share live video
  16. ^ @riserecords (21 October 2020). "We're happy to welcome @floggingmolly to Rise Records! They are set to record their new album in 2021! In the meant…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  17. ^ "Mastodon, At the Drive-In, QOTSA Members Form New Band Gone Is Gone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  18. ^ Rise Records. "Pup – Morbid Stuff". Retrieved 17 November 2020 – via Facebook.

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