May 18, 2017
Razor blades, gun powder, dinosaur bones.
Going where Jack White won’t dare, grassroots Indianapolis label Romanus Records are building a reputation for pressing the weirdest, most-out there records on the planet.
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While we’ve seen everything from asteroid dust to human blood pressed into the humble 12″, Romanus Records are taking this dubious art to the next level. So far, stand-out editions include Texan rock’n’roll duo Ghost Wolves’ In Ya Neck v2, on “dangerous vinyl”, filled with razor blades and free floating gun powder, their limited edition brewery grain-filled vinyl and, apparently one filled with tiny dinosaur bones.
“We are always trying to push the bounds of creativity of what can be put in a record,” Romanus Records CEO Chris Banta told Teamrock. “It’s such an open-ended artistic format, with endless possibilities.”
Thankfully for all concerned the label has been stumped so far in its attempts to create dead fly-filled records and a totally grotesque “placenta-filled” vinyl.
Defending the sound quality of the records – “If done without 100% accuracy there can be some surface noise can be an issue. We always strive for audiophile quality” – the label has unsurprisingly cited Jack White as an inspiration, but refused to give much insight into how they’re made.
“The process of making these is a mastery of the dark arts,” Banta said. “They are constantly evolving… It’s been a giant messy success so far.”
Read the full interview and see more pics over at Team Rock.