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Load Records RIP

The influential US noise rock label gasps its last

The Providence, Rhode Island based label that released music by underground darlings such as Lightning Bolt, Black Pus, Arab On Radar, Ultralyd, Khanate, Excepter, Metalux, Landed, Six Finger Satellite, Sightings, Noxagt, Prurient and more, has folded.

“After 24 years of Load Records its [sic] time to move on,” said a message circulated via the label’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.“Will be contacting bands to arrange next steps. Thanks for a great ride.”

Founded by Ben McOsker and Laura Mullen in 1993 to release the Just Like Anybody Else Would/Bender 7" by Boss Fuel, Load soon established a reputation for brilliance with a steady stream of cutting edge noise, rock and electronics, much of which was harvested from the fertile Providence underground scene.

The label’s final release was, aptly enough, an album by the band Finished.