Vagrant Records is an American record label based in California. It
was founded in 1995 by
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,
until he left the company in September 2017.
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
6 External links
The first band signed by
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
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. The album was
wildly successful, and single-handedly made
Vagrant Records one of the
top independent labels in the country.
They signed Los Angeles punk rock trio
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.
Rich Egan is cited as saying the MTV Video
Music Award win "changed everything" for the label.
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.
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.
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.
In 2007, Vagrant formed another imprint label, Density Records, which
will release heavier material than has traditionally been released on
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.
Albert Hammond, Jr.
Balance and Composure
Band of Skulls
Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Bombay Bicycle Club
Bombay Bicycle Club (US)
City and Colour
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
The Hold Steady
J Roddy Walston and the Business
Justin Townes Earle
The Night Marchers
School of Seven Bells
Sublime with Rome
Sublime with Rome (Europe)
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Ace Enders and a Million Different People
The Appleseed Cast
Audio Learning Center
A Cursive Memory
Down To Earth Approach
Face to Face
From Autumn To Ashes
The Get Up Kids
Horse the Band
Hot Rod Circuit
The (International) Noise Conspiracy
Murder by Death
The New Amsterdams
The Night Marchers
Protest the Hero
Reggie and the Full Effect
Rocket From The Crypt
Saves the Day
School Boy Humor
So Many Dynamos
Stars (except Canada)
List of record labels
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^ "BMG acquires
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^ "Jon Cohen out at BMG".
^ Alternative Press Issue 204 "Say Goodnight, Mean Goodbye: The Oral
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^ "Protest The Hero sign to Vagrant, touring with the Fall Of Troy".
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