“See you at the party, Richter.”

I’m going to dispel a possible preconceived myth straight away – The Richter Collective is not a faction of Michael Ironside-clones (however much some strange person would wish this to be true). In fact, it has nothing to do with the armless Total Recall villain; mainly because it’s an independent Irish record label, host to numerous acts from the Emerald Isles as well as one from Denmark.

The label formed (this next part is ruthlessly cribbed from their about me section) after the merger of Armed Ambitions & Popular Records; two smaller independent labels that were responsible for the first BATS and Adebisi Shank EPs. Formed by Michael Roe (of the aforementioned Adebisi Shank) and Barry Lennon (Hands Up Who Wants To Die), the label has strong ties to the Irish DIY scene and promotes a solid family ethic through the bands who are part of their group and even those up-and-coming acts who are yet to find a label to promote and release their music, as well as links to other labels such as Big Scary Monsters and Smalltown America Records.

Sadly, it has come to my attention that The Richter Collective will soon be no more. The label plans to close shop in December this year.

As a big supporter of the label and of the many acts associated with it, we at Keep It Fast towers would like to raise a glass and give a huge thanks to all their hard work towards the Irish music scene and for bringing to attention various bands and albums that I can honestly say, are firm favourites of mine (‘Red In Tooth and Claw’, ‘This is the Second Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank’ and ‘Gangs‘ were  Keep It Fast albums of the year, 2009, 2010 and 2011!).

Click below to read reviews of:

Adebisi Shank
The Continuous Battle Of Order
Marvins Revolt
And So I Watch You From Afar

Also, make sure you check out everything on the label – click here for the Richter Collective bandcamp or visit the official site. Also, I’m informed that the last Richter Collective release will be ‘The Sleep of Reason’ by BATS – which I’m sure will be one hell of a send-off. Thanks for everything Richter Collective and best of luck in all future endeavours!

Lizard Hips

Junior Vice President of Keep It Fast. In other news: I work in social media, talk about dinosaurs, run a book club and have amazing facial hair. I am also a male man who is still not dead.

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