Look out for limited-edition 7-inches from David Holmes, Crazy P, Zion Train and more
Since 2015, the Golden Lion pub in Todmorden, West Yorkshire has established itself as one of the region's most feted music venues, welcoming underground and up-and-coming artists from right across the musical spectrum. But since the coronavirus pandemic, the pub's fortunes have, as you might expect, taken a serious hit.
Undaunted, landlords Richard 'Waka' Walker and Gig Matthanee have responded by announcing the launch of Golden Lion Sounds, a new record label that will be putting out a series of limited-edition 7-inch singles featuring exclusive cuts from some of the artists who've played at the venue, including the likes of David Holmes, Crazy P, Zion Train, Andy Votel, Jarvis Cocker, Earl Gateshead and The Emperor Machine, AKA Andy Meecham of Bizarre Inc fame, a long-term friend of Matthanee's – a chat with whom apparently inspired the launch of the label in the first place.
The label's first release, a split 7-inch featuring two synthpop outfits, Working Men's Club and WH Lung, came out on Monday (15 Feb) and is available in either black or yellow vinyl, with just 250 copies available in each colour. The next release on 15 March will be another AA-sided affair, this time featuring two local bands, garage/psych rockers Goa Express and indie/punk outfit The Lounge Society.
Walker and Matthanee said: “We are so grateful to all our friends who want to be a part of this project, they’ve shown their belief in us and we all know that everything invested in this project will eventually come back to the music industry.”
The Golden Lion have also launched a new range of exclusive merchandise. Find out more at the label's brand new website.