Zero Hour Records

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Zero Hour Records
Founded1990 (1990)
FounderRay McKenzie
Distributor(s)Rising Tide Entertainment
GenreIndie rock
Country of originU.S.
LocationNew York City, New York

Zero Hour Records was an indie rock record label based in New York City. It was established in 1990 by Ray McKenzie, a former phone clerk for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The label's first release was McKenzie's own 12" single "The Ozone Hole."[1] In 1995, Rising Tide Entertainment, a joint venture between Doug Morris and MCA Music Entertainment, announced it would be distributing and marketing Zero Hour Records's albums.[2] In 1997, the label opened the $300,000 mastering studio Ground Zero in SoHo, Manhattan. According to Billboard, this studio was intended to "cater to the full range of independent labels in New York", not just Zero Hour.[3]


Artists who released one or more albums on Zero Hour included:


  1. ^ a b Bessman, Jim (1994-05-28). "N.Y.'s 22 Brides Find A Music Biz Mate In Fledgling Independent Label Zero Hour". Billboard. Vol. 106 no. 22. p. 8.
  2. ^ a b "Company Town Annex". Los Angeles Times. 1995-10-11.
  3. ^ Verna, Paul (1997-03-01). "Zero Hour's SoHo Studio Rises from Ground Zero". Billboard. Vol. 109 no. 9. p. 37.
  4. ^ Boehm, Mike (1994-10-13). "New Pick of the Week". Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ Glauner, Jim. "Boyracer". Trouser Press.
  6. ^ Verna, Paul (1995-10-21). "Rising Tide, Zero Hour Join Forces". Billboard. Vol. 107 no. 42. p. 13.
  7. ^ Lieberman, Neil (1999-02-09). "Trad Arr Jones Review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2017-01-21.
  8. ^ a b Reece, Doug (1997-04-12). "Varnaline No Longer A One-Man Band". Billboard. Vol. 109 no. 15. p. 13.
  9. ^ Mirkin, Steven (1996-06-22). "Steve Wynn's 'Melting' Is Solid Shift For Zero Hour". Billboard. Vol. 108 no. 25. p. 12.
  10. ^ Thrasher, Don (2011-09-30). "Swervedriver Leader Brings Latest Band to South Park". Dayton Daily News. Archived from the original on 2017-02-02.