Alternative Tentacles

San Francisco, CALIFORNIA, US
Artist / Band / Musician
Other / Punk / Rock
Alternative Tentacles
****** DEMO POLICY ******

Please read the ENTIRE demo policy before sending us a message about your band.

Yes, we do accept demos. Jello Biafra decides which bands to sign. He is a busy person, but he listens to most of the demos he receives. However, keep in mind that we only release about 10-15 albums a year, most of which are by bands already signed to Alternative Tentacles Records.

We do NOT accept mp3s sent to us. We CANNOT listen to your mp3s on your band website or on MySpace due to limited staffing resources. NO EXCEPTIONS!! If you are interested in having ATR hear your music, you will need to send us a CD, tape or vinyl. Please make sure to include your contact information with the demo.

If you would like to submit a demo, please send it to:

Alternative Tentacles Records

P.O. Box 419092

San Francisco, CA 94141

attn. Jello Biafra/Demos

Most demos received will get a response from Jello eventually. There is NO way for the staff at AT to check on your demo's "status." Please don't e-mail, call, or contact us through MySpace to ask; please understand that like all small labels, we have limited staffing and resources that we need to dedicate to our roster. We cannot return your demos either, so please don't send us your originals or ask us to send them back.

Thank You!

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Label History

Alternative Tentacles Records was established in June of 1979 and is most likely the longest lasting (and still active) underground record labels around. Although it is perceived by many as a "punk" label, having released records by Dead Kennedys and others, it is actually best known for its impact on the world of underground culture.

In the early years the label gained international attention by introducing the world to artists such as : Dead Kennedys, Butthole Surfers, D.O.A., 7 Seconds, Winston Smith, NoMeansNo, Neurosis and Voice Farm. The label has continued to remain vital in its lengthy history by refusing to adhere to a formula for an easily identifiable 'Alternative Tentacles Sound.' Rather, the label has released many political spoken word releases; as well as releasing: Brazilian hardcore, bent pop, faux-country, and assorted rock & roll. Of late, the label is also known for its "Re-Issues Of Necessity Series".

The label is also well known due to its outspoken provocateur owner, talent scout and recording artist, Jello Biafra. Many may recall his run for mayor of San Francisco in 1979 at the age of 21; as well as his trial for "distributing harmful matter" - which stemmed from including an H.R. Giger poster in a Dead Kennedy's album; to his recent nomination as Green party candidate for President of the United States. Since the parting of Dead Kennedys, Jello has released 8 spoken word releases as well as collaborating with other musicians and bands such as the Melvins, Mojo Nixon, DOA, and Al Jourgensen of Ministry.

Alternative Tentacles Records employs four people in Emeryville, California. (The label has always been based in San Francisco, but in October 2002 the label moved here.) The company is a sole proprietorship owned by Jello Biafra. Aside from being a label, it is also a mailorder company selling its own wares, as well as fitting underground culture t-shirts, books, and other merchandise.

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P.S. In case you're wondering, Jello Biafra himself does not check the Alternative Tentacles MySpace page. It is maintained by the AT staff.
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