Welcome to Universal Warning Records! We are an independent record label and production company featuring various ala' cart services ranging from audio and video production, digital and physical distribution, as well as print work for audio packaging. Music is our first love and we work with a broad net-work of regional and national artists. Below are some recent projects we either put out or are developing. Please drop us a line with any questions or check out the various links for our releases, information, or pricing on projects.
On May 12th, 2001 a small crew of 4 members launched a mission to discover, create and release some of the best underground music and video known to man. The journey has not been without casualties, however today we have arrived 15 years in the future and the mission continues. We'd personally like to thank all the bands, labels and anyone else that we have ever worked with that has shown support or believed in what we do, and most importantly anyone who has ever actively listened to or viewed any of the music or video we have released over the years.
2016 is officially here and your friends here at UW are still standing! It's been an interesting 15 year run, and run we shall. As some of you may have noticed our music releases have slimmed down a bit, this has been due mainly to the fact that our sister label Fast Break! Records has taken off and has been requiring more and more of our time - that being said our focus for UW has been to develop our video production services further, in addition to our music related services. We'll undoubtedly have some new music releases in the future, but until then enjoy our latest production from the kings of Pennsylvania Hardcore. This video was a blast to create, from concept development to videography to editing.. Much respect to Wisdom In Chains for their continued support of UW.
We hope everyones year is off to a great start - There is some serious nostalgia about to break off here in SE/PA, completing a circle of life type stuff - going all the way back to the origins of UW. So to say our year is about to get better is an understatement. Close to 14 years after the beginning of this ride we have a project to announce that has a very special place in our hearts. Having shared the same college town as The Jazz June in the mid-late 90's, we were a younger band that looked up to them before we were a label. Later when Universal Warning began to take shape in early 2000, the Jazz June was cool enough to give us two brand new studio tracks to add to our first commercial release - a compilation of regional PA indie / punk bands. Those two tracks enabled UW to secure distribution with Revelation Records which lead to a bunch of other life changing stuff which ultimately allowed us to become a "real" label among other things. We owe so much to the Jazz June, and not just for supplying a sound track for a significant portion of our lives. It's truly an honor being part of bringing such an important part of underground music back into print. Looking back at my 22 year old self, I could have never dream of releasing a Jazz June record - let alone their whole catalog. We hope these recordings bring back as many great memories as we have had listening to them on this crazy journey we call life. - TEAM UW
And last but not least for 2014 we're excited to introduce a brand new side project from some of SEPA's best! On No Summer's self-titled debut EP, Spencer Dorsey of Jumper Cable is joined by Beach Slang's JP Flexner on drums and Plow United's Joel Tennenbaum on bass. Check below for No Summers debut music video for their first single - " Throwing It All Of The Roof " which takes us on a journey to our collective forgotten pasts.
Universal Warning recently teamed up with Paper + Plastic for the new CD release of New Jerseys indie pop power house, ASPIGA. "What Happened To You?" Is a pure ride into the aural parallels of the Mid 90's underground sounds, without sounding derivative based. Think Superchunk meets Jawbreaker as piers, not fans.
Universal Warning Records would like to proudly announce one of the best bands we have had the pleasure to stumble upon in the last 10 years. And what makes that even better? We are lucky enough to be working with them. Call it post hardcore, post shoe gaze, or progressive rock - Echoes bleeds an atmospheric brand of heavy music that creates a soudscape of intricate paths that lead to tsunami style swirling waves of crashing guitar and drums. A true epic of an album in every sense of the word.
Goddamnit & Rebel Steele - " Take On The Snakes "
"Philadelphia, PA meets Denver, CO on this concept style split 7 inch featuring Creep Records buzz worthy indie punkers Goddamnit, and garage punk rockers Rebel Steele. Both bands set the stage with an original track then ignite the second track of each side with covers from the legendary Hot Snakes! Featuring renditions of Brain Trust and Plenty For All. Inside cover features a board style drinking game. Extremely limited one time pressing of 500 units. 100 trans red, 100 opaque red, 100 trans yellow w/ opaque red and 200 black.
Inside cover - a board style drinking adventure game! Not for the faint of heart!
Pulling Punches - " Bomb Psychology "
Promotional music video for forthcoming debut album " Former Friends " available April 19th 2014. Philadelphia's Pulling Punches works tirelessly in the regional scene promoting their music and lyrical narratives. Former Friends, brings back memories of late 90's and millennial break outs Like Thrice or AFI. Live footage Shot on Canon 60d's and 7d's - Filmed, Produced and Edited by Universal Warning Records.
Vehement Serenade - " Refuse The Lie "
Karl Buechner from Earth Crisis opens it up on the debut video from his new hard-core super group Vehement Serenade. Set to the back drop in the urban ruins of Detroit, devlish images come to life that parallel Karl's lyrics. Universal Warning worked closely with producers Mike Cools and Jamin Hunt as they used an independent video crew in Detroit to capture the raw footage. Universal Warning picked up the ball with editing and post, polishing the producers vision. Enjoy!
Break Anchor / Holiday Bodybag - "Ashtray" Split 7"
Jay Navarro of the Suicide Machines ignites yet another release with his new band
and this concept style split on limited color vinyl. Features rare Jawbreaker covers.