In music news today, legendary founder of Victory Records, Tony Brummel has launched Mission Two Entertainment. In the course of 30 years, Victory Records has sold close to 16 million albums and tons of platinum and gold albums/singles. Per Tony Brummel, “Same job, different name, bigger mission. I started Victory Records in 1989 with $800.00. I made a different deal and I have not submitted like so many other ‘independents.’ I kept the entire staff. Let’s go!”
Per Mission Press Release:
“The inaugural release will be delivered by hardcore legends CRO-MAGS, led by founder, bassist and vocalist Harley Flanagan. Debuting their first studio album since 2000 with the aptly titled In The Beginning, the album will be released on June 19th, 2020. The full-length features the latest single “The Final Test,” as well as the previously released “From The Grave,” featuring ex-Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell. The NYC quartet recorded “The Quarantine Show” on March 15, 2020 live from New York City. “I first saw the CRO-MAGS open for Venom in 1985 in Chicago when I was 13 years old after moving home from the Bahamas. After that show, I knew I was not going to college,” says Brummel. The band is rounded out by guitarists Rocky George (Suicidal Tendencies), Gabby Abularach and drummer Garry Sullivan.
As one of the founders of the Salt Lake City punk scene, the reunited INSIGHT will issue Reflection later this summer. The 19-track collection spans their short but blistering career with four brand new tracks, rare live tracks and vintage studio material. Brummel says, “INSIGHT are a great band that my old band Even Score played with in Salt Lake City in 1990. Such an underrated band and better human beings.”
DON’T SLEEP, led by ex-DAG NASTY/DYS/ALL frontman Dave Smalley, will release their full length Mission Two debut later this year, Turn The Tide, with Smalley adding, “It is a new era for hardcore and I am really happy with it.” Brummel adds, “DYS and Dag Nasty were huge inspirations for me and I love Dave, the band and their manager Matt Holmes.”
In addition Mission Two Entertainment has launched Amuxe Publishing thereby creating a new independent publishing company. Both Mission and Amuxe are aggressively seeking new artists from all music genres. I think many of us saw the ending of Victory and felt we were losing a little bit of our childhood. At least for my teen years, but alas Victory is becoming something bigger. So be sure to throw both a like and subscribe for notifications.
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