Rock and Roll Report: How long has the label been around? How did it get started?
Mark MacDougall: The label has just celebrated it’s third year. In that time we have done 56 releases. We started back in 2001 with the music review site (www.75orLess.com). We receive about 1,200 submissions per year and we were getting some great music by bands who had no means of getting their music heard by more people. We also were seeing a ton of great bands in Providence. It finally hit us that we would be helping out all the bands with more exposure by combining all of them on one label.
RRR: What kind of music does the label release?
MM: Punk, indie, noise, experimental, singer songwriter, rock, electronic and anything else that sounds interesting and original. We do not stick to genres but we know good stuff when we hear it.
RRR: How many bands call 75orLess Records home?
MM: There are about 40 bands with their own releases and we have released three compilations with almost 100 different bands between them.
RRR: Name some of the best-known bands on the label.
MM: For the most part, all of our bands are equally unknown.
RRR: What are some of the current releases being promoted right now by the label?
MM: We have put out twelve releases since October and the promo copies were just mailed out this week. These include Six Star General, The Inclined, Nate Laban, The Diggers, the No Qualms 2XCD compilation, Alien Father, Coma Coma, Nathan Xander, Gunataard and MW Ensemble. Nature/Nurture, Minky Starshine came out the last week in January 2009.
RRR: What releases are going to be released in the near future?
MM: The Propellers “2”, Coma Coma “Live at Jake’s”, von Doom “The Descender” will all be out by the end of March.
RRR: How does the label release its music (music formats)?
MM: We stick to compact disc and digital distribution.
RRR: Biggest plans for the future of the label?
MM: No real big plans, just to keep building the roster with bands who could use the exposure.
RRR: The industry is going through some trying times with CD sales dropping. How does 75orLess deal with this?
MM: Let’s face it, the music industry was in trouble before the economy collapsed. The smart bands and labels have adjusted the typical release structure to include pre-orders with bonus tracks and lower prices. If there has been a benefit to fans of music, it’s that bands are realizing they may need to perform more live shows to make as much money as they used to.
We have realistic expectations for the label no illusions about how much money we make each month – which is to say, very little. We consider ourselves lucky to all have regular jobs to pay the bills and do not rely on the label profits to put food in our mouths.
RRR: What sets 75orLess apart from other labels?
MM: We offer lower prices, numbered limited copies of our releases, screenprinted jackets and we host live showcases with 3-4 bands every month in Providence for less than a five dollar cover charge.
RRR: What should rock and roll fans know when checking out your bands?
MM: Most of the bands are knocking out their recordings in very small amounts of time and are extremely passionate about making music.
RRR: Do you accept demo submissions from bands?
MM: All the time. Most of them come into our hands because they want to be reviewed but sometimes we write them back about doing a release.
RRR: What is the story about the name 75 or Less?
MM: We took the name from our music review website, writing all of our music reviews in 75 words or less.
RRR: Anything you want to add?
MM: Send your music to
23 Laurel Lane
Warren, RI 02885.
Don’t ask us for money, we have none.