This month Indie Mixtape were lucky enough to get
the chance to interview Run For Cover founder Jeff Casazza. The Boston based
label is home to innovative bands such as Pinegrove, Self Defense Family and
Read on below to hear from the label boss and music pioneer…
What is the story behind Run For Cover Records?
I started the label in 2004, with the goal of releasing a 7” or two for
hardcore punk bands I was friends with. I was very lucky in the beginning in
terms of artists we worked with, most of them stayed together for a while,
toured a decent amount, and sold enough copies for me to not lose money. While
in college, I struggled to stay on top of things as the business grew quickly
inside my apartment bedroom. I eventually graduated, hired our current label
manager Tom, got an office, and filled out our staff with some of our hardest
Who was the first band you signed?
The first band we put a record out for was called These Days, they were a
metallic hardcore band from California.
Is there a common trait in all the bands on the
Yes and no. To your average listener, no, probably not, simply because a
majority of artists we work with sound quite different. To myself, the people
who work here, and people who follow the label closely, I would like to think
that there is a commonality amongst it all that keeps people interested in what
we do. My goal is to work with new, interesting, unique, and hardworking
artists who make music I like, and my friends like. There’s no sound or look or
‘vibe’ we’re looking for. When we say “hey, we’re announcing a new artist
tomorrow” on social media, 99% of people who follow us will have absolutely no
idea who we’re signing, or even what genre it will be. It could be anything, a
rapper, a dream pop band, an instrumental band, a hardcore band — and
thats what I think is cool and what keeps me personally interested, and I hope
other people feel the same.
How do you look for new artists?
Generally we hear of things through word of mouth online, or booking agents we
work with, managers, people in our bands etc telling us about a band or artist.
What is your favourite venue that you’ve seen one
of your artists perform at?
The Sinclair in Boston is always a favorite and we’re lucky enough to be able
to see a majority of our bands there when they pass through Boston. As far as
bigger venues, seeing Basement at Alexandra Palace was amazing.
Do you have a favourite release from your back
Definitely not a single release, no. I have strong feelings for all of them,
and the feelings are always shifting and changing in different ways. Sometimes
I won’t listen to one of our releases for years, and then listen to it once a
week for six months. It’s just too hard to narrow it down or choose.
If you could work for another label what would it
Drag City, definitely.
Do you have a favourite playlist?
I listen to a lot country playlists to discover new artists, but I generally do
it based on suggestions from streaming services.
How would you describe Run For Cover Records for
new fans in three words?
Really quite neat.
What can fans expect from the forthcoming Camp Cope
An incredibly strong performance from one of the best bands going. I can’t wait
to see them again.
Petal’s LP is out today, what can fans expect from
the new album?
A deeply personal album that I think a lot of people will be able to relate to
and take something positive away from.
What can we expect next from Run For Cover Records?
A handful of new signings in the next month or two, new LPs from Fury, Field
Medic, Self Defense Family, and a bunch more that we can’t speak about yet.