Sacramento based label Artery Recordings, which was founded back in 2010 by Eric Rushing and helped to initially launch the likes of Chelsea Grin and Attila, has reportedly been bought and acquired by Warner Bros. Records for an undisclosed amount of money. Along with acquiring the label, it’s been reported that all of the staff, including president Shan Dan Horan, have been fired.
Eyebrows were raised before the news drop when Jonny Craig, the vocalist for one of the label’s rostered artists Slaves, posted an image via his Instagram account displayed the Warner Bros. Records label alongside the caption “A fresh start.”
Slaves guitarist Weston Richmond also posted via his Instagram account at around the same time, with an image of him carrying a visitor pass for Warner Bros. Records.
Yesterday, now former president of the label Shan Dan Horan confirmed the news of Artery Recordings being acquired by Warner Bros. Records through a statement posted via his official Facebook profile, which reads as follows.
“I would like to announce my departure as President of Artery Recordings. It’s been an incredible journey over the past 3 years and an absolute honor developing some of thee most talented artists on earth. Building an underground label into something a major wants to acquire is a HUGE accomplishment. In a short time we sold a million records worldwide, had a presence in every continent in the world, and half a BILLION streams/plays worldwide. We never gave up on our core values, always championing/educating the little guys (unsigned bands), or raising money for injured musicians/fans to animal rescues.
I can walk away from the label proud knowing our artists, staff, and myself have had a massive impact on so many across the world. That is all we set out to do.
So thanks to the fans, bands, staff, predecessors (Mike Milford), press, publicists, interns, distributors, street teamers, bloggers, and everyone who played a part in Artery Recordings in any capacity.
Now it’s time for me to take a well deserved vacation, see my family, and strategize my next move.”
Jacob Harmond, guitarist for Chelsea Grin, has tweeted his disdain for the news.
Lol. So fucking wack. That label would be nothing without CG and Attila, and we don't get SHIT for royalities. Bum ass shit ??? https://t.co/ghQ17sXLRF
— Jacob Harmond (@JaekGrin) August 29, 2017
At the time of writing, bands that are featured on the Artery Recordings roster include Slaves, iwrestledabearonce, Conquer Divide, I Declare War, Wildways, Heartaches, Capture (formerly Capture The Crown) and She Must Burn, to name but a few.
Currently, it’s uncertain whether the name and label of Artery Recordings will continue to exist and operate as a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Records, and/or which acts will remain signed to the new acquisition, though from the above posts from two members and their third album forthcoming, it’s highly likely that Slaves will remain.
Capture are also expected to drop a new album very soon, and both iwrestledabearonce and Conquer Divide are tipped to drop new records in 2018.
Chris “Fronz” Fronzak, frontman for Attila, also launched his own imprint label in conjunction with Artery Recordings, titled Stay Sick Recordings. It’s currently uncertain whether or not that imprint will remain and/or what will happen with the acts featured on that bill, which includes Carcer City, Scream Blue Murder, and BackWordz.
More details surrounding the fallout of this will be confirmed as the dust settles and things develop further.