Label Spotlight: Suburban Home Records

By Popcorn Playa

Vinyl releases are what Suburban Home Records are known for. (That and the Drunk Dial Hotline on their website: http://www.suburbanhomerecords.com/). We asked Owner Virgil Dickerson, why pressing vinyl is important to him.

“I love the sound of vinyl, I love that you must devote your entire attention to listening to a record, and I love that in this crazy, fast-paced world we live in, when you sit down to listen to a record, for me, it’s therapy. I love the convenience of digital music, but with vinyl, you get a completely different experience and for all those reasons and more, I love putting out records.”

Suburban Home’s latest release Introducing by Kay Kay and His Weather Undergound has been in heavy rotation on our office turntable. I was thrilled to catch Kay Kay and His Weather Underground play Bottom of the Hill a few weeks ago. We asked them why pressing vinyl is important to them as artists and this is what they had to say:

“It’s tangible- it adds to the sound in so many ways” said front man Kirk Huffman. “It makes listening to the music more of an experience.”

After the show, and in between the rush of fans storming the merch table, I was able to talk to Thomas Hunter. “When I was a kid, I would save my money and ride my bike to the record store to see what I could get. Records have always been a huge part of my life. When I listen to music, I listen to records, so when I make music I want to release it in that form.”

As I was leaving I overheard one fan asked for the new release on CD and the room got quiet. Thomas’s response to this: “Oh, you mean you want a mini record?”

Thomas Hunter of Kay Kay and His Weather Underground