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Invisible Records is a Chicago based record label founded by Martin Atkins. In 2001, Invisible Records started a subsidiary label Underground Inc..
A record label, or record company, is a brand or trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. Sometimes, a record label is also a publishing company that manages such brands and trademarks, coordinates the production, manufacture, distribution, marketing, promotion, and enforcement of copyright for sound recordings and music videos, while also conducting talent scouting and development of new artists, and maintaining contracts with recording artists and their managers. The term "record label" derives from the circular label in the center of a vinyl record which prominently displays the manufacturer's name, along with other information. Within the mainstream music industry, recording artists have traditionally been reliant upon record labels to broaden their consumer base, market their albums, and be both promoted and heard on music streaming services, radio, and television. Record labels also provide publicists, who assist performers in gaining positive media coverage, and arrange for their merchandise to be available via stores and other media outlets.
Martin Clive Atkins is an English drummer and session musician, best known for his work in post-punk and industrial groups including Public Image Ltd, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Pigface, and Killing Joke. He also works as a consultant, has written books, and is the music business program coordinator at Millikin University in Decatur, IL. Atkins is an honorary board member of the Chicago-based nonprofit organisation Rock For Kids.
Underground Inc. was a Chicago based subsidiary of Invisible Records, consisting of a collective of independent labels, producing various studio albums by Invisible Records artists, side projects and compilations with the same focus on being artist driven as its parent label. Music ranged from indie, goth, electro, punk, and Industrial.
Attrition are an electronic music band, formed in Coventry, England in 1980 by goth Martin Bowes and Julia Niblock. The band emerged from the experimental post-punk scene of the early 1980s and, along with other groups such as Throbbing Gristle, Coil, Einstürzende Neubauten, and In the Nursery, greatly contributed to the development of industrial music in the UK. Still active 30 years later, Attrition have been a stanchion of darkwave and industrial music, influencing many younger bands in the genres while continuously fine tuning their own distinctive sound.
Chemlab is an American industrial rock band formed in Washington D.C., in 1989 by Dylan Thomas More, Joe Frank, and Jared Louche. Influenced by the pioneers of the industrial genre, such as Throbbing Gristle, Chemlab mixed experimental sounds with rock and metal, which they dubbed "Angel-Dustrial". They released their first EP 10 Ton Pressure, parted ways with Frank and moved to New York City, their base for the duration of their career. The band toured with acts such as White Zombie, KMFDM, Nine Inch Nails, 16volt, and GWAR.
Alison Chesley, known also by her stage name Helen Money, is a Los Angeles-based cellist and composer.
House music is a genre of electronic dance music created by club DJs and music producers in Chicago in the early 1980s. Early house music was generally characterized by repetitive 4/4 beats, rhythms provided by drum machines, off-beat hi-hat cymbals, and synthesized basslines. While house displayed several characteristics similar to disco music, which preceded and influenced it, as both were DJ and record producer-created dance music, house was more electronic and minimalistic. The mechanical, repetitive rhythm of house was one of its main components. Many house compositions were instrumental, with no vocals; some had singing throughout the song with lyrics; and some had singing but no actual words.
Detroit techno is a type of techno music that generally includes the first techno productions by Detroit-based artists during the 1980s and early 1990s. Prominent Detroit techno artists include Juan Atkins, Eddie Fowlkes, Derrick May, Jeff Mills, Kevin Saunderson, Blake Baxter, Drexciya and Mike Banks.
Acumen Nation is an American industrial rock band from Chicago, Illinois.
Pigface is an industrial rock supergroup formed in 1990 by Martin Atkins and William Rieflin.
The Damage Manual is an industrial supergroup that originally formed in 2000. It featured Martin Atkins on drums and loops, Chris Connelly on vocals, Geordie Walker on guitar and Jah Wobble on bass. A second lineup saw Steven Seibold of the band Hate Dept. replacing both Walker and Wobble after their departure.
Final Cut is a techno-industrial music group, consisting mainly of Detroit's Anthony Srock.
Fook is the second studio album by industrial rock supergroup Pigface, released in 1992 on Invisible Records.
Murder, Inc. was an industrial music supergroup formed in 1991, featuring vocalist Chris Connelly, Killing Joke members Geordie Walker, Paul Raven, "Big Paul" Ferguson, John Bechdel, and former Public Image Ltd drummer Martin Atkins.
Sheep on Drugs are a British techno/Industrial music group, formed by Duncan X (vocals) and Lee Fraser (guitar/keyboards) and currently composed of Fraser and Johnny Borden (vocals/keyboards).
Superstarved is the third studio album by Gravity Kills, released March 19, 2002. The album is described as "more riff-oriented" and "grindier".
The Love Interest was a short-lived collaborative musical project between musicians Martin Atkins and Chris Connelly. The group released only one recording:.
℞ or Rx was a one-off side project by Skinny Puppy band member Nivek Ogre, in collaboration with Invisible Records founder Martin Atkins. The project was originally called Ritalin, but the name was changed for legal reasons.
Lick was an American band on Chicago's Invisible Records in the 1990s. Members have played with Pigface, The Final Cut, Project Elf, Sister Machine Gun and more. The band released two albums, Breech and Heap, in the 1990s.
Meg Lee Chin is a British singer and musician. She is best known for her work with the anarchic industrial supergroup Pigface, headed by Martin Atkins of Invisible Records. She built her own recording studio dubbed Egg, where she recorded her first album, and after appearing on Pigface's 1997 LP A New High in Low as well as its follow-up, Below the Belt, she released the solo debut Piece and Love in 1999. An album of remixes, titled Junkies and Snakes, was released the following year. Signed to Invisible for five years, she left the label in 2002.
Truth Will Out is a 1993 live album by Pigface. The album was recorded at Cabaret Metro in Chicago, Illinois, on December 22, 1992. While the album contains selected songs from the show, Invisible Records released the performance, in its entirety, in 2006 as part of their Pigface Live Archive series.
Chet Atkins' discography is large and diverse. Not only did he release principal studio albums as a solo artist, he was a prolific and much sought-after collaborator. He also played as a sideman on many more. His major collaborations were with Hank Snow, Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra, The Country All-Stars, The Nashville String Band, Jerry Reed, Merle Travis, Doc Watson, Lenny Breau, Les Paul, Mark Knopfler, Suzy Bogguss, Floyd Cramer and Tommy Emmanuel. He frequently guested on a track or two with other friends. Several of his recordings won or were nominated for Grammy Awards.
Lab Report was an improvisational, dark ambient, band created by Matthew Schultz, Eric Pounder and Chris Blazen in 1989. The experimental project gained notoriety as one of the earliest dark ambient musical projects stemming from the Industrial music genre.
Top Loader is the debut studio album of Sugarsmack, released on September 28, 1993 through Invisible Records.
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