• The History of Nemesis Records - Book
202 pages! // 6" x 9" size
Colour printing, Softcover, english Edition, Printed in the US
200+ page perfect bound full color book with complete discography, never before seen band photos, essays, insight and memoirs from friends and select Nemesis Records alumni including; Dan O'Mahoney (No For An Answer), Mike Hartsfield (Outspoken), Issac Golub (A Chorus Of Disapproval), Andrew Kline (Strife), Ron Martinez (Final Conflict), Jon Bunch (Sense Field), Dave Franklin (Vision)... and more!
Reaper Records had done a great job to publish this historical 208 pages book about the legendary NEMESIS RECORDS.
This West Coast based DIY label exist around 1988 - 1993 and run by Big Frank, the guy who work at local records store called, ZED and the label owner of Nemesis Records.
This label maybe is not as popular as Epitaph, Victory, or Revelation, tho the latter will be the most pivotal for serving the best USHC band in the late 80s/Early 90s. Nemesis come to existence, in more natural way, supporting friends (Who most of them hang out at Zed Records Store), which sees bands like BRUJERIA, REASON TO BELIEVE (Jon Bunch band, later to form Sense Field), VISUAL DISCRIMINATION, HUNGER FARM and others were the frequent visitor to the place where "Big Frank" is working at, Zed Records Store. The shop had a "Demo Cassette Section" that Big Frank will take charge to have the new bands from around the country, having their new songs heard and accessible!
One thing that make Nemesis special is their non-specific genre selection for the label releases. The Offspring found their initial flagship under Nemesis, releasing 1 debut LP and 1 7" before signing to Epitaph and go to big major contract. Big Frank show his interest in many side of music genre that is "COOL" during that period. And the best things about Nemesis Discography is the Big Frank release band from whenever region or whatever music genre he love to be heard and spread out among the kids.
PITCHFORK (San Diego Post HC band), OLIVELAWN (So-Cal Proto Punk ala MC5, Stooges), VISION (Hardcore band from New Jersey), SMILE (Post HC/Seattle sound band from California), INSTED (Great Youth Crew Hardcore from California) and many other bands from across the country have set their name under the banner of Nemesis Records which involved 50 releases in 5 years!
The book also features a 100 pages with 50 Nemesis releases information with nice picture. And it comes with good layouting and simply suitable typography. The flyers feature are a enough dose of great shows that happening in the USHC early 90s scene .
Beside play in Hardcore band called Carry Nation and work at the ZED RECORDS STORE, a hub of DIY/Underground music in the 90s, Big Frank also been seen at numerous Hardcore shows, and being involved in shaping the California scene of what it remain nowadays! This book is to the point and not wasting too much pages mumbling about unnecassary personal story. Its just a documentation about one of the great DIY label that happening in the USHC scene. Big Thumb Up to Reaper and Nemesis Records!
Review from https://diyconspiracy.net/
We can all agree Nemesis Records and “Big” Frank Harrison have left a huge mark on the worldwide hardcore scene. Even though Nemesis lived quite a short life, they managed to put out iconic releases by bands like Reason To Believe, Gameface, Insted, Uniform Choice, Visual Discrimination, Vision,and Hunger Farm. Among the more leftfield and experimental side of hardcore, their catalog would also feature bands like Brujeria and The Offspring, which we all know where are now.
Nemesis was a label, which would not only strive to give worthy music a chance, but always express a strong position on certain social issues like discrimination, drug use and rape. Nemesis was a hardcore label in all of its aspects. First would come the message and the music, and then everything else. This is why it’ll always remain as something different from “bigger” and more popular US labels. “Big” Frank would release anything he believed in. Not giving a fuck about trends, only carrying about great music being spread as much as possible and hardcore kids giving a shot on all possible costs.
Nemesis RecordsIt’s a great thing that Reaper Records’ Patrick Kitzel (also known for his work on Spawn, Repel records & fanzine and True Blue) took the time to collaborate with Harrison to document and eternalize the legacy of Nemesis Records. The book looks great, it’s a pro job. Besides an interesting read for record nerds and collectors, hardcore “historians” it’s a great piece of inspiration for all of us who are part of the scene in any possible way.
The History of Nemesis Records features Frank’s very own personal and sincere recollections about each and every release. He hasn’t spared us anything, no matter how bitter sweet the stories were. As fascinating is the feedback from the very artists he released as well. The book features pieces written by Andrew Kline (Strife), Mike Hartsfield (Outspoken, New Age Records), Dave Franklin (Vision), Dan O’Mahony (No For An Answer, Carry Nation), Isaac Golub (A Chorus Of Disapproval, A18), Fred Hammer (It’s Alive Fanzine), Jon Bunch (Sense Field, Reason To Believe) and many more.