It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that after 13 years, Panic State Records will be going on hiatus. Over the last 13 years, we have done more than I have ever dreamed was possible when I got the idea to start the label. We have released over 40 records, our bands have toured the world, we donated close to $20K to various charities but most importantly, we created bonds of friendship that extend way beyond music and the scene. I’m so insanely proud of everything we have accomplished and every band we have worked with and every record we put out. We had the opportunity to not only help promote and build new bands but also release records from some of my favorite bands and people in the world. It has been such and exciting/learning but humbling experience. For every 1 thing we did right, I did about 5 more things wrong, and that’s ok, that’s what makes all of this worth it. It’s the passion to keep pushing, challenging the odds and taking risks that are always worth it in the end but usually a financial nightmare. There are so many people I to thank, so many friends new and old that made all of this possible and I cannot thank them all enough for putting their faith in us to help. Some bands moved on to bigger and better things/labels and others that immediately broken just before or after their record came out. That’s the joys of running a label but there is nothing like the feeling of listening to the ideas, demos, recordings and then the mastered songs no one has heard yet, seeing the artwork come together and working on the record variants. Once the test presses come in to listen to, it’s like the birth of a child and when the final records come in - it’s like their first birthday and you feel shocked and excited you were able to keep it alive. Passion is what kept this label running for so long and my love of music is stronger today than back then but my heart isn’t into it anymore. My heart, passion and dedication is to my now 2 beautiful kids and I would rather be a dad and experience life with them instead of being a spectator in it. The same process of putting out a record exists in being a parent except I want to not only experience every step of their lives, I also do not want to have to rely on anyone to do the work for me like a pressing plant or PR person. This decision was actually quite easy to make because I know it’s for the right reasons and continuing on would not only be unfair to my family but also unfair to the bands. Thank you everyone who has ever supported us, our bands, bought records and merch, shared social media posts, came to a show we put on or told us to fuck off or said we suck. All of those things kept us pushing forward and I owe a huge thanks to all of you. I love you all thank you for keeping us going after all these years. We are releasing one final shirt design to mark the end of it. Details are below and feel free to pick up a record - we will be including free shit in every order to help make it worth your while but also to help clean out inventory. Thank you all again!
Much love and respect.
-Bean and the entire Panic State Records family