Fearless Records

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Fearless Records
Parent company Concord Bicycle Music Group
Active years since 1992
founder Bob Becker
Seat Westminster , California United StatesUnited StatesUnited States 
Website www.fearlessrecords.com
Sub-label Old Friends Records , Outerloop Records , Razor & Tie
distribution Fontana , RED , ADA
Genre (s) especially punk , also alternative rock , metalcore and post-hardcore

Fearless Records is an American music label based in Westminster , California . It was founded in 1992 by Bob Becker and focuses on the genres of punk and independent .


The label is based in Westminster , California . The label is known among other things in the American pop-punk scene, not least because of the Fearless Flush samplers and punk bites releases, or releases by bands such as Bigwig , Dynamite Boy and later Sugarcult , The Aquabats and Plain White T's , as well as from the post-hardcore band At the Drive-In .

Since then, the label has experimented with their musical direction. Bands such as Blessthefall , Tonight Alive , The Maine , Mayday Parade and Breathe Carolina gained great fame through their collaboration with the record company. The Punk Goes… compilations, in which bands signed to Fearless Records cover well-known pieces from other genres, have been released since 2000 .

The 2005 album All That We Needed by the Plain White T's turned out to be a breakthrough, both for the band and for the record company. The single Hey There Delilah reached number 1 in the US singles chart and achieved multiple platinum awards. In 2011 the album Hell Is What You Make It by Breathe Carolina was released . The single Blackout advanced to another success for the label. It rose to number 32 and has since reached the gold record . On November 22nd, 2010 the label's first compilation was released, which was completely geared towards Christmas. Eight artists of the label wrote their own Christmas pieces, which were published as part of this compilation. This compilation is called 'Tis the Season to Be Fearless . In 2012, a Punk Goes Christmas sampler was released instead .

In October 2012 the subsidiary label Old Friend Records opened , which mainly specializes in indie rock . In November 2013, the opening of the second subsidiary label, Outerloop Records, followed . The first band to sign to Outerloop Records is the metalcore band Ice Nine Kills . In mid-November 2017, Shan Dan Horan, who previously worked for Century Media and was president of the record company Artery Recordings, was introduced as the new head at Outerloop Records.

With As It Is , Oceans Ate Alaska and Follow My Lead , the group signed bands from the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland for the first time . In May 2015 the label was acquired by the Concord Bicycle Music Group , which already owns the record companies Wind-Up Records , Sugar Hill Records and Vanguard Records . The music company paid approximately $ 10 million for this. Founder and President Bob Becker will continue to run the record label.

On May 15, 2018 it was announced that Fearless Records had announced a collaboration with Razor & Tie . Accordingly, Razor & Tie will be run as a subsidiary of Fearless Records in the future. Both companies belong to the Concord Bicycle Music Group. Starset's signature at Fearless indicated a future cooperation between the two music companies. Starset was previously under contract with Razor & Tie. Jenny Reader and Andy Serrao have been Co-Presidents at Fearless Records since December 11, 2018. Both were selected by label founder Bob Becker, who announced his resignation.


Fearless Records

Currently under contract

Formerly with Fearless Records

Outerloop Records

Old Friend Records

Punk Goes ...

Special attention was paid to a sampler series by the label, which is released under the name " Punk Goes ... ". Each of the CDs contains songs by punk and emo bands who try their hand at something outside of their usual music. Published so far:

  • 2000: Punk Goes Metal

Cover versions of metal classics. Among the bands covered are u. a. Judas Priest, Megadeth and Slayer; among the performers AFI, RX Bandits, Death By Stereo and The Ataris.

  • 2002: Punk Goes Pop

Cover versions of chart hits. The covered artists include a. Britney Spears, Pink, Destiny's Child, and Nelly Furtado; The songs were interpreted for example by Further Seems Forever, Rufio, Thrice and Noise Ratchet.

  • 2003: Punk Goes Acoustic

A compilation of acoustic pieces. This compilation contains contributions from u. a. Rise Against, Thursday, From Autumn to Ashes, and Strike Anywhere.

  • 2005: Punk Goes' 80s

Cover versions of pop classics from the 1980s. Motion City Soundtrack, Midtown, Relient K, Sugarcult and others try their hand at songs by u. a. The Cure, Tears for Fears, The Police and Paula Abdul.

  • 2006: Punk Goes' 90s

Cover versions of pop classics from the 1990s. For example, “Song 2” by Blur is covered by Plain White T's and Oasis's “Wonderwall” by Cartel.

  • 2007: Punk Goes Acoustic, Vol. 2

A compilation of acoustic pieces. This compilation contains contributions from u. a. +44, The All-American Rejects, Anti-Flag, Silverstein, Say Anything, Alesana.

  • 2008: Punk Goes Crunk

Cover versions of hip-hop and RnB songs such as "Umbrella" by Rihanna by All Time Low or "Hey Ya!" By OutKast by Lorene Drive.

  • 2009: Punk Goes Pop. Vol 2.

The covered artists include a. Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, and Amy Winehouse; The songs were interpreted, for example, by Silverstein, A Static Lullaby and Alesana.

  • 2010: Punk Goes Classic Rock

Cover versions of rock classics. Among others with We Are the Champions played by Mayday Parade and More Than A Feeling covered by Hit The Lights.

  • 2010: Punk Goes Pop. Vol 3

with Asking Alexandria, Mayday Parade and Breathe Carolina. For example, Justin Timberlake, Akon and Lady Gaga are covered.

  • 2012: Punk Goes Pop. Vol 4

with Askylit Drive, Allstar Weekend, Pierce The Veil and Woe, Is Me. Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and Adele are covered.

  • 2012: Punk Goes Pop. Vol 5

with Memphis May Fire, Upon This Dawning, Mayday Parade, We Came As Romans, Like Moths To Flames, Breathe Carolina, Forever The Sickest Kids, Issues, The Maine, Crown The Empire, Craig Owens, The World Alive and Secrets.

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Aime Szymanski: Alternative Press : Fearless Records partners with Outerloop Management forming Outerloop Records
  2. Natasha Heinz: Alternative Press : Shan Dan Horan tapped to run Outerloop Records
  3. Ed Christman: Billboard : Concord Continues Acquisition Binge with Fearless Records, Wind-Up Deals (Exclusive)
  4. Lilly Milman: Billboard : Razor & Tie to Operate as Imprint of Fearless Records
  5. ^ Shelby Reitman: Fearless Records Announces New Label Heads Jenny Reader and Andy Serrao. Billboard, December 11, 2018, accessed December 13, 2018 .
  6. Rock Sound : As It Is have become the first UK band to sign to Fearless Records. Like, ever!
  7. ^ Matt Crane: Alternative Press : August Burns Red sign to Fearless Records
  8. ^ Brian Leak: Alternative Press : [1]
  9. ^ Tyler Sharp: Alternative Press : I Prevail sign with Fearless Records
  10. Kika Chatterjee: Alternative Press : Wage War announce Fearless Records signing with Jeremy McKinnon-produced single
  11. ^ Tyler Sharp: Alternative Press : Follow My Lead sign with Fearless Records