Our Ethos

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, (known as the ’90s), people relied on word of mouth and zines scribbled on photocopied paper to discover new bands. Or maybe you’d discover them at a live show, opening for an artist you went to see. Back then, being “in the know” didn’t have anything to do with whether or not you’d read the latest snark on Pitchfork, or what you picked up from a Pandora channel. The bands on those outlets are signed, and they have a promotional system already in place. They don’t need to be “discovered.”

But the internet has made a new world of music. It’s huge; it’s mostly free; it’s a great thing. But it also has its drawbacks. It’s given great independent acts more of a voice, but it’s also buried them at the same time. I mean, how many hours have you spent surfing the web, trying to find the next unknown gem? Of the millions of acts on YouTube, how do you know which few are worth your time? How do you know what’s a must-hear band in your town … or in other towns?

That’s where we come in. Inspired by the local scenes everywhere that are far more deserving of airtime than what’s being played on commercial radio or supported by the media, Your Record Collection Sucks is dedicated to finding the very best underground bands, and tipping you off to what’s going on. Off the radar.

Because “indie” isn’t a genre—that’s a cop-out. You can’t be “indie” if you’re bankrolled by Sony and getting airplay on FM radio. Every band you read about on this site is unsigned or on a tiny-ass label, and we want you to know about them. Truly. We aren’t gonna shovel shit on up-and-coming acts. We’re going to tell you why we love them, and why you should care. And if you know of a band who needs to be celebrated, hit us up with a submission.

Because your record collection sucks. Because corporate rock still sucks, and you’ve been drinking the cool-aid your whole life. We all have. And it’s time to turn the page. It’s time to be set free from popular opinion, and to truly go underground. To hear the unheard. Come with us.