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Vagrant Records
Vagrant Records
is an American record label based in California. It was founded in 1995 by Rich Egan
Rich Egan
and Jon Cohen. The label focuses on rock, but features artists in a variety of other genres including folk, soul, electronic, and pop. It is home to artists such as The 1975, Death Spells, Eels, Bad Suns, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, CRUISR, Active Child, PJ Harvey, School of Seven Bells, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, James Vincent McMorrow, Black Joe Lewis, Wake Owl, Blitzen Trapper, and Bombay Bicycle Club. Originally, Vagrant Records was mostly focused on emo bands such as Dashboard Confessional, Saves the Day, The Get Up Kids, and Alkaline Trio. In 2014, Vagrant was acquired by BMG Rights Management. Co-founder Jon Cohen then became BMG's executive vice president of recorded music,[2] until he left the company in September 2017.[3]


1 History

1.1 The Get Up Kids 1.2 Rapid growth 1.3 Paul Westerberg 1.4 Genre diversification 1.5 Poquito Records 1.6 Density Records

2 Current bands 3 Former bands 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

History[edit] The first band signed by Vagrant Records
Vagrant Records
was Boxer and their album, The Hurt Process, released on May 5, 1998. The pop-punk album notably featured drummer Chris Pennie, who would go on to play with Dillinger Escape Plan and Coheed and Cambria. The Get Up Kids[edit] In 1999, Vagrant Records
Vagrant Records
signed Kansas City, Missouri, band, The Get Up Kids, and the band's Vagrant debut, Something to Write Home About, was released in September 1999. Egan and Cohen borrowed $50,000 from Cohen's parents to fund the recording of the Get Up Kids album, derived from the mortgaging of the family house.[4] The album was wildly successful, and single-handedly made Vagrant Records
Vagrant Records
one of the top independent labels in the country.[5][6] Rapid growth[edit] They signed Los Angeles punk rock trio Automatic 7
Automatic 7
and released the bands 2nd album Begger's Life on July 25, 2000. They followed this by signing and releasing albums from heavyweights in the emo scene like Alkaline Trio, Saves the Day, and Dashboard Confessional. Dashboard Confessional's video for Screaming Infidelities, directed by Maureen Egan and Matthew Barry, earned Vagrant the MTV2 award at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards.[7] Rich Egan
Rich Egan
is cited as saying the MTV Video Music Award win "changed everything" for the label. Paul Westerberg[edit] The label then went on to release solo material from The Replacements frontman, Paul Westerberg, signifying an initial departure from its roots of nineties punk and emo.[8] Genre diversification[edit] They soon signed Eels and released their album Blinking Lights and Other Revelations. In 2005, the label acquired New York City indie label Startime International, with whom they co-released albums from The French Kicks
The French Kicks
and The Futureheads. During that time, Vagrant signed The Hold Steady
The Hold Steady
and The Lemonheads. Poquito Records[edit] In 2006, Vagrant formed a children's label imprint, Poquito Records, and released Vagrant artist The New Amsterdams' side-project The Terrible Twos' debut album If You Ever See an Owl. Density Records[edit] In 2007, Vagrant formed another imprint label, Density Records, which will release heavier material than has traditionally been released on the label. On August 5, 2009, Rammstein, the Berlin-based industrial metal sextet, well known for its controversial and fiery live performances, signed a US marketing and distribution deal with Vagrant Records.[9] Current bands[edit]

Active Child Albert Hammond, Jr. Alexander Bad Suns Balance and Composure Band of Skulls Benjamin Francis Leftwich Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Blitzen Trapper Bombay Bicycle Club
Bombay Bicycle Club
(US) Brooke Fraser California
Wives City and Colour CRUISR Death Spells Dive In Dustin Kensrue Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Eels The Elected French Kicks The Grates The Hold Steady

John Gold J Roddy Walston and the Business Justin Townes Earle LP Mayer Hawthorne Missy Higgins MonstrO The Night Marchers Pete Yorn PJ Harvey Placebo Reptar Rogue Wave School of Seven Bells Sublime with Rome
Sublime with Rome
(Europe) Thrice Wake Owl The 1975

Former bands[edit]

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Ace Enders and a Million Different People Alkaline Trio Alexisonfire The Anniversary The Appleseed Cast The A-Sides Audio Learning Center Automatic 7 Biology The Bled Boxer The Comas A Cursive Memory Dashboard Confessional Down To Earth Approach Dr Manhattan Electric Owls Emanuel Face to Face FACT Far From Autumn To Ashes The Futureheads The Get Up Kids Gotohells

Hey Mercedes The Hippos Horse the Band Hot Rod Circuit The (International) Noise Conspiracy John Ralston[10] Koufax The Lemonheads Matt Pryor Moneen Murder by Death The New Amsterdams The Night Marchers No Motiv Olivia Broadfield Ocuban Protest the Hero[11] Paul Westerberg Reggie and the Full Effect Rocket From The Crypt Saves the Day Saturnalia School Boy Humor Senses Fail So Many Dynamos Stars (except Canada) Two Tongues Viva Death Warship

See also[edit]

List of record labels


^ "Warner Music's Global Deal for BMG's Catalog Sets Up Showdown With RED".  ^ "BMG acquires Vagrant Records
Vagrant Records
- Complete Music Update". www.completemusicupdate.com.  ^ "Jon Cohen out at BMG".  ^ Alternative Press Issue 204 "Say Goodnight, Mean Goodbye: The Oral History of The Get Up Kids" ^ Paul, Aubin, About Vagrant Records, Punk News, retrieved 2008-03-02  ^ Grubbs, Eric (2008), Post: A Look at the Influence of Post-Hardcore-1985-2007, iUniverse, pp. 224–266, ISBN 0-595-51835-4  ^ Heller, Greg (2000-09-10), Bands Seek Emotional Rescue, San Francisco Chronicle, retrieved 2008-03-02  ^ Billboard.com (2012). "Exclusive: Paul Westerberg
Paul Westerberg
Returns On Vagrant". Billboard.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 1 September 2012.  ^ "Roadrunner Records Page Not Found". Roadrunner Records Official Website.  ^ "Vagrant signs John Ralston". Alternative Press. January 20, 2006. Retrieved June 27, 2016.  ^ "Protest The Hero sign to Vagrant, touring with the Fall Of Troy". Alternative Press. January 24, 2006. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 

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