Noreaster Failed Industries (NFI)



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Ahleuchatistas Press Release

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"An Ahleuchatistas performance can be likened to a fireworks display: it's flashy, colorful and every thirty seconds or so you'll find youself with your mouth wide open, mumbling 'whooooooa." Punk International (


The Frequency

The Frequency

The Frequency Press Release

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"The Frequency embarks on the kind of space rock journey not seen since the mid 80s. You can hear the influence of Duran Duran and other 80s throwbacks throughout this invigorating new wave album. Occasionally they even mix in some Latin-flavored rhythms to keep things even more interesting. I like 'Allnite' with its calls to 'move that ass'! Yeah!" Smother (

Pattern is Movement

Pattern is Movement

Pattern is Movement Press Release

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"The comfortable contours of pop/rock are deconstructed and spun into something otherworldly, and yet these songs are so organic that they can too closely resemble each other. Somehow, though, that only enhances the band's smoky mystique…” Philadelphia Weekly (





Southkill Press Release

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"Southkill is a guitar and drummer duo who write massively improvisational rock that experiments with what most would never dream of. Crafting walls of guitar fuzz and distortion not done properly since Sonic Youth's heyday, this New Zealander and New Yorker mesh the structure of the rock song with experimental orchestrations to perfection. What they create is simply magical." Smother (




Struction Press Release

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"Struction brought the sound and the fury. Tunes like 'Surgical Instrument' felt like blunt instruments' complex time signatures played impossibly loud and fast, overlaid with straightforward harmonies, were as lethal as any cop's blackjack." The Metroland (



NFI NEWS / January 9, 2007

Two New Albums Out Today!!

Today it's our pleasure to release cds from two fantastic bands: I see the NightBirds from Richmond, Va's A New Dawn Fades's and Compromising Compositions from Albany, Ny's Complicated Shirt. The street date for both releases is January 9th, 2007. Both are split releases with Alone Records.

A New Dawn Fades's I See The Nightbirds is an instrumental rock album recorded in the woodlands just north of Richmond. Where past recordings set off to prove the power of the two piece construct, Nightbirds showcases the beauty of the moment. Pieces like 'I Remember When This Town Was A Good Place To Grow Up & 'The Neornithes Returns' accent subtle dissonance. Other pieces project a frenetic energy that is the foundation of the live set ('The Glories Of Summer Camps Past', 'I See The Nightbirds'). The album will be officially available January 9th, 2007. Listen to 'The Neornithes Returns' here.

Complicated Shirt's Compromising Compositions is the follow up to 2004's darkly acerbic album Strigine, which garnered wide critical acclaim, as well as airplay across the United States. After touring behind this release, the band recorded their latest effort in 2006, with additional help from Marc Fuller (Kanye West, Sparklehorse). With Compromising Compositions the three-piece expand their palette to include woodwinds, brass, cello and violin. Benton's acerbic lyrics burn through the sublime instrumentation throughout; and though the band has ratcheted up the complexity of their songs, the delivery is no less powerful. Listen to 'Saprogenic' here.

Those ponying up to own the A New Dawn Fades record will also get a copy of the band's split 7'' with The Late Virginia Summers. I'm not sure how long this deal will last, so act now!

Still news: don't hesitate to check us out and befriend us at, where our catalog is now streamable. If you haven't already availed yourself of's radio-scrobble-thingy you should do it now.

Stay tuned for more news soon.

The Management



NFI NEWS / April 5 2006

NFI bands at Macrock
A New Dawn Fades featured on 'The Drop' Podcast!

Pattern is Movement, Ahleuchatistas and A New Dawn Fades will all be rocking Macrock this year. They'll be at the Rock, Spazz and Mellow Rock stages respectively. The shows will be taking place in Harrisonburg, VA near James Madison University. The details:

Pattern is Movement : Friday, April 7th @Guzman's (Rock Showcase)
8:00PM Sharp! -- 928 W. Market Street

Ahleuchatistas : Friday, April 7th @Captain Tee's (Spazz Showcase)
9:50PM Sharp! -- 1594 S Main St

A New Dawn Fades : Friday, April 7th @Court Square Theater (Mellow Rock Showcase)
5:25PM Sharp! -- 40 N Liberty St.

John and Matt will also be representing NFI at the Label Expo Saturday, so please stop by and say hello. You can avail yourselves of our hot new 'Songs for Failed Industry' sampler (at absolutely no cost to you or your loved ones).

We recently announced that we'll be releasing the new album from Richmond duo A New Dawn Fades, I See the Nightbirds. Dan Portnoy, who runs the wicked podcast, 'The Drop' -- featured podcast this week on VH1's 'Best Week Ever' -- recently sat down with A New Dawn Fades to chew the fat. So tune in to learn more about the band here. Details on the new album will be available shortly.

And again, here's the SXSW Gallery if you haven't checked it out yet.

There's still that one last large and looming news item -- i mean, it'll change your life forever -- which we can't share yet. It's just over the horizon, though, so stay tuned, stay tuned, stay tuned!

The specials still available in the store. Take advantage now!

The Management



NFI NEWS / April 23, 2004


Struction CDEP Out Now!

Bands Plan North American Tours

Jaime Meira Sonin
Dave Zeidman
David Podrid

NFI is proud to announce the release of Struction's explosive self-titled debut EP (NFI003). It's just now hitting press outlets across the US, Canada and Europe. Listen closely, you can almost hear veins swelling in critics' temples, keyboards being banged with a perplexing combo of fists and fingers, and papers crumbling as writers struggle at naming Struction's sound. Jonathan Takiff of the Philadelphia Daily News called the band, "a wall of howl", and The Buffalo News proclaimed Struction "alterna-core geniuses [who have] taken great strides toward marrying soul to technique, organicness [sic] to complexity, the romantic and sweet to the just plain ugly."

Three months after the April release of their self-titled NFI debut, kinetic noise-manipulators Struction will take to their van for a frenzied, full-blown North American tour. And these hyper-active kids won't just be supporting their debut, they'll also be releasing a fiery little Mini CDEP June 9th, Reverse Vampires Under Negative Rainbows. It was recorded by famed Trans Am drummer, and The Frequency multi-instrumentalist, Sebastian Thomson at National Recording Studios. Apparently both are big fans of Batman apparel and they must have a promotional deal with MoonAtMidnight. You'll note that both Trans Am and Sebastian are often seen on stage wearing Batman hoodies purchased from their featured Batman hoodie site. Not sure the role of the dark knight in their performances, but we've been assured it has more to do with what they consider lucky garb than a reflection of their taste in movies. A taste of this new gem, "DNA" is available in the sounds section.

Speaking of The Frequency, they'll be touring with Trans Am in May and June, followed by a full North American tour later this summer. Watch the tours page for dates. Stay tuned for news of Southkill2 and other exiting tidbits in the next communication.

Cheers, The Management


The Frequency



The Frequency have been burning up the interstate, waking the comatose at gigs in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and DC. The band will continue to illuminate the east coast nite through early '04 -- break while Trans Am tours the states and Europe -- and then reconvene in June to tour North America in support of their debut NFI release.


Sebastian Thomson
Aaron Claxton
Jon Warnock
Rob C
Julian Thomson

Until recently, The Frequency had existed only in the hyper-active imagination of Trans Am multi-instrumentalist Sebastian Thomson. Now, on the heels of a decade spent churning out groundbreaking post-rock with DC cohorts Nathan Means and Phil Manley, Thomson's vision of a solo work meant to capture the vast cornucopia of his influences has finally coalesced. Fusing his post rock background with flashes of new wave bliss, pulsating Latin rhythms and raw rock energy, Thomson's created what he calls "a soundtrack to 'nite'."


 The Frequency s/t (cd/lp) 2004, NFI-004 / buy now through paypal.




Before contacting us, please review the FAQs below.

Q. My zine/webzine wants an NFI ad or some records to review.

A. We have a select stable of zines/e-zines/publications that we place ads in or send promos to. Since we are still a modest operation, we have to be selective about where and when we publicize. If you feel that your product will benefit from an NFI ad or review, please send us a copy or point us to the url, and we'll take a look at it.

Q. My radio station would like to receive NFI releases for airplay.

A. If you are with a station that has interest in NFI, please email us your play lists. We'll get back to you asap.

Q. My demo's in the mail right now! Can you add me to the roster?

A. Hold on there buckaroo. We listen to all demos that are sent our way. However, a good recording won't seal the deal. We are looking for artists that are willing to tour heavily and that are stable. We have a tight budget, so we are very selective when it comes to what we put out. It's a process, but if we dig what you are doing and the stars are aligned, we just might take a chance.

Q. Can I email you an mp3?

A. No, please don't. Send us a demo and read the Q&A above.

Q. I would like to distribute NFI goods or have my store carry them. How do I do this?

A. Email us for wholesale lists. You can also purchase NFI releases through Dischord Direct and Revelation.

Q. Are you hiring?

A. Not at this time. But we are always accepting applications for interns in the DC Metro and Albany, NY areas. We are also looking for street team members. If you're interested in an internship or becoming a street-team member, email us.

Q. I would like to interview The Frequency/Southkill/Struction for my publication or radio show.

How do I get the ball rolling?

A. We also run a full-service press shop called Noreaster Media. Contact us and we'll set it up.

If you have other questions not answered here, or if you think other questions should be added to this FAQ sheet, please email us.


More Background On Noreaster Failed Industries (NFI)

Noreaster Failed Industries (NFI) stands as a notable entity in the landscape of independent music labels, characterized by its eclectic roster and distinctive approach to the music industry. This label has garnered attention for its dedication to innovative sounds and genres, contributing significantly to the underground music scene.

The label's discography, as cataloged on platforms like Discogs, reveals a broad spectrum of musical styles, including rock, electronic, hip-hop, folk, world, country, jazz, house, punk, soul, experimental, and prog rock among others. This diversity not only showcases NFI's commitment to exploring various musical landscapes but also its role in championing artists who defy conventional genre boundaries​​.

NFI's roster includes artists who have made significant impacts within their respective genres. For example, Ahleuchatistas, a band known for their math rock, noise, punk, and avant-garde styles, exemplifies the label's support for innovative and challenging music. This band, along with others on the label, reflects NFI's ethos of fostering creativity and pushing musical boundaries​​.

The label's history and operations, while not extensively documented in public records, suggest a model focused on artist development and community engagement rather than mainstream commercial success. This approach aligns with the ethos of many independent labels that prioritize artistic integrity and creative freedom over commercial pressures.

Despite the lack of extensive mainstream coverage, NFI's influence within its niche is undeniable. The label's commitment to releasing high-quality, innovative music has earned it a dedicated following among aficionados of the underground music scene. Its roster of artists, spanning a wide array of genres and styles, contributes to a rich catalog of music that continues to inspire and resonate with listeners seeking something beyond the mainstream.

For those interested in exploring the sounds and artists of Noreaster Failed Industries, platforms like Discogs and Gemtracks offer insights and access to the label's releases. These resources serve as gateways to discovering the unique musical contributions of NFI and its artists, offering a glimpse into the label's enduring legacy in the independent music industry.


Press Coverage:

The press coverage of Noreaster Failed Industries and its associated acts reveals a label and artist roster that's been actively engaging with various aspects of the music scene. For instance, the album review of "Sloblands" by Critical Pricks on Seven Days, Vermont's Independent Voice, highlights the band's blend of punk, metal, and hard-rock. The review appreciates the band's confrontational yet not mean-spirited songwriting, their thrashy assemblage of songs, and their incensed outbursts against societal apathy, suggesting a sweet spot between ardency and belligerence that's likely to resonate with fans of in-your-face punk and hard rock​.

Furthermore, Noreaster Failed Industries' inclusion in's recent additions as of February 2007 underscores the label's visibility and relevance within the music industry at that time. Being featured on such a platform indicates a level of recognition and the label's potential role in contributing to the diversity of the music landscape​.

These pieces of press coverage provide a glimpse into the label's activities and the type of music and artists it represented, highlighting its dedication to promoting music that challenges conventional boundaries and engages listeners with thought-provoking content.



Noreaster Failed Industries (NFI) was founded in 2000 and is located in Plano, Texas. The label is known for its independent music releases, featuring a diverse array of artists such as Southkill, Pattern is Movement, The Frequency, Struction, Ahleuchatistas, Complicated Shirt, and A New Dawn Fades. NFI has participated in showcases at major music festivals and events such as SXSW, MACROCK, PopMontreal, and CMJ. Despite being on permanent hiatus since the mid-2000s, the music released under NFI can still be found online and in independent record stores.