Local band The Peccadillos will perform Friday at the Double Down Saloon as part of a two-night celebration of the second anniversary of SquidHat Records, a Las Vegas-based music label.
SquidHat Records, the Las Vegas-based record label with 10 punk and indie bands on its roster,will celebrate its second year in the rock and roll business with a two-day showcase at the Double Down Jan. 24 and 25 Saloon.
It is an anniversary that Allan Carter, SquidHat’s president, hopes will bring break-out success to at least one of the 10 bands on the label.
“Well, you know, I had a five-year plan when I started the label,” Carter says. Last year, the first, was an effort to get the label name and sign the initial roster. This year, it is about “getting one or more of those bands to break.”
SquidHat has grown along with the local punk scene. Carter, a Las Vegas transplant by way of Baltimore and then Portland, says he’s always seen a lot of potential here.
“There’s a scene here and nobody knows it… Vegas has one of the best scenes I’ve ever been a part of,” he says. That community goes back to the second wave of punk in the 1980s, when Las Vegas bands like Self Abuse were playing.
Carter says in other cities he has lived in, the scene would be your band and your friends, with little or no reciprocal support among the bands. That’s not true here, he says.
“There is that sense of community here.”
Carter played with rock and punk bands, and needed a note from his parents when he was 14 to play in a bar band, so he understands the challenges that new bands can face. He says he created SquidHat because he didn’t want to be the “bitter ex-musician, the guy at the end of the bar.”
He saw The Dirty Panties, a punk-rock-girl-group and one of the best in Las Vegas. “I asked if I could buy something. They didn’t have anything. No disc, no merch, no nothing. So I knew there was an opportunity.”
“SquidHat has sort of given the Vegas indie and punk scene an umbrella to get under and show it to the rest of the world.”
He says there will be at least eight new albums coming out this year on the label, including a another compilation, Desert Rats with Baseball Bats. The first compilation with that name, in 2013, featured both SquidHat and independent bands from Las Vegas.
The anniversary festival will be held at the Double Down Saloon.
Friday, Jan. 24, the bands will be: Bobby Meader, Surrounded By Thieves, Sounds Of Threat, Unfair Fight, and The Peccadilloes.
On Saturday, Jan. 25, the line-up will be Mercy Music, Attack Ships On Fire, War Called Home, Strange Mistress, and The People’s Whiskey. CL