Gearhead Records exploded out of the gate with its first release in April 2000 and has since released some of the best punk n roll around. Growing out of Gearhead Magazine, the world's first punk rock/hot rod magazine, the label has mirrored the editorial content of quality, diversity and style. There's something here for almost everybody, from Detroit-style rock n' roll to new wave power-pop, from melodic punk to instrumentals' all killer & no filler!
Owner Michelle Haunold has over 25 years of music industry experience. She has done everything from being Music Director and DJ at a college radio station (KBVR in Corvallis, OR), to being a writer, from working in record stores to handling sales and distribution, to booking shows. Up until July 2006 the label was co-owned by Michelle and Gearhead Magazine owner Mike LaVella, who met while both were writing for Maximum Rockn'roll Magazine in the early 90's. In June 2006 they decided to split the company in two in order to focus on parts of the business they each were passionate.
Gearhead has expanded to include a full line of apparel,and accessories. The never-ending quest for the most kick-ass rock and punk around continues on a daily basis. Having had success with The Hives, The Hellacopters, New Bomb Turks, The Wildhearts and more recently, The Rock n Roll Soldiers, Gitogito Hustler and Riverboat Gamblers, Gearhead Records is THEE tastemaker rock and punk label.
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