It’s helpful to know where to go to look for some new sides, innit. So I thought it would be helpful to have a bit of a directory of punk record shops and distros. If you are reading this, and you run one and it isn’t listed, please get in touch, like and I’ll add it.
- UK Record Shops (by city)
Vinyl Underground Records – only been open a couple of years, and held by locals to be a great addition to a post-industrial working class town still struggling to pick itself up off it’s arse since Thatcher pretty much killed the town. Anyway, there’s a punk section, a metal section and a couple of indie sections. Not the best prices in the world, but far from the worst. If you go, have a good dredge through all the above mentioned sections as I’ve found stuff can be pigeonholded incorrectly. Can be hit and miss depending on what they’ve had sold to them, but my mate Lee from This Is Not A Drill assures me it definitely has it’s moments.
Vinyl Underground Records Facebook
Address: 3 Regent St, Barnsley S70 2EG
Punker Bunker – long running record store in Brighton owned by local hero Buz Bunker. “A tiny basement punk rock shop selling tiny punk rock label releases to tiny punk rock people.” This place was great when I last went a number of years ago; still running.
Address: 34 Sydney Street, Brighton, BN1 4EP
Specialist Subject Records – these cats run a record label and a bricks and mortar record shop in Bristol. Specialising in the broad spectrum of punk rock and indie rock, with stuff available new and second hand. Their website is kept up to date with current new stock, and the second hand stuff can be ordered from their Discogs page. I can’t recommend this place enough. I’ve never actually set foot in there, but the mail order service is bang on.
Address: FIRST FLOOR, EXCHANGE, 72-73 OLD MARKET STREET, BRISTOL, BS2 0EJ
Evil Eye Vinyl – second hand vinyl at a fair price. There’s a punk and hardcore section conveniently located next to the stoner/doom and metal/thrash sections in this hidden gem. I’ve picked up some awesome stuff in here. I’m just sad I don’t get to Harrogate very often. The guy that runs this place (whose name I cannot remember – sorry mate) is well sound, and has a very luxurient flowing beard. Always a good sift, and always a friendly, knowledgeable chat to be had.
Facebook page for Evil Eye Vinyl
Address: The Ginnel, Harrogate, North Yorkshire Tel: 07817 952508
Noiseisforheroes – second hand vinyl at a fair price. There’s a hardcore punk section in the window, and another couple of crates of Fat Wreck / No Idea style stuff at the righthand end of the counter. There are also 7in punk records midway along the counter. Seekers of heavier stuff, there is a section in the island at the centre of the shop. Noiseisforheroes Facebook page
Noiseisforheroes Discogs page
Address: 75A Great George Street, Leeds LS1 3BR
All Ages Records – long running DIY punk shop in Camden since 2003. New and second hand stuff available.
Address: 27A Pratt St, Camden Town, London NW1 0BG
Banquet Records – long running independent record store in Kingston Upon Thames, about 20 mins out from London Waterloo on the train. Has a reasonably extensive punk section. I think this place arose from the Beggar’s Banquet indie label or something. “Banquet is an independent record shop in Kingston, just on the outskirts of London. We’re a real record shop run by real people.”
Address: 52 Eden Street, Kingston, Surrey, KT1 1EE
SK1 Records – a decent second hand selection in a small section, but like a huge number of general/second hand record shops it can be hit and miss.
SK1 Records Facebook page
Address: 17 Little Underbank, Stockport, SK1 1LA
- UK Distros
Different Kitchen Records – A distro and label operating out of darkest Cambridgeshire. Carries No Idea Records stuff, plus a whole bunch of other cool stuff from labels like Dirt Cult, Dead Broke Rekerds and the like. Reliable and reasonably priced. Often has a sale going or special offers on too. Label puts out decent stuff as well.
Different Kitchen webstore
Different Kitchen bandcamp
Different Kitchen Records Facebook
Brassneck Records – a distro and label operating out of Cardiff, Wales since 2010. Carries trad pop punk stuff, skate punk stuff and classic hardcore from labels such as Fat Wreck Chords, Rad Girlfriend and so on. Again, reasonably priced, and the label puts out great stuff too.
Brassneck Records webstore
Brassneck Records bandcamp
Brassneck Records Facebook
Drunken Sailor Records – based out of Stoke, another distro and label. Carries loads of underground punk rock / power-pop / garage punk / hardcore and post-punk at very reasonable prices. Label is great and has a whole raft of releases out there. “Records to POGO to M8.”
Drunken Sailor webstore
Drunken Sailor bandcamp
Drunken Sailor Records Facebook
TNS Records – distro, zine and label based in Manchester, from some of the people behind Manchester Punk Festival. Mainly specialising in UK based stuff from across the spectrum. Probably might’ve released records by your mates’ band at some point!
From Facebook: “TNS Records is a Manchester based independent record label. TNS (That’s Not Skanking) was founded in 2003 as a fanzine and to put on local gigs. In 2008 TNS evolved to include a record label with the aim of supporting great underground Punk & Ska.”
TNS Records bandcamp
All In Vinyl – another distro and label worth checking out. Carries a range of stuff from Red Scare Industries, It’s Alive and more. Not the biggest distro out there, but have a nice range at decent prices.
All In Vinyl webstore
All In Vinyl bandcamp
All In Vinyl Facebook
Land of Treason – a very well respected distro based in Dorset. Carries lots of hardcore punk and crust, plus a bunch of stuff from Epitaph, Discord and a bunch of other labels, plus lots of punk books. All at a decent enough price too.
From Facebook: “Land Of Treason began a long time ago. Pete Waterman helped me start it up. But he doesn’t know this. My first record stall was at a music festival in Bradford at the 1 in 12 Club, and I sold the stock from the shop from which I had recently been given the sack (the public were no longer interested in buying guitar music… said Waterman on becoming the owner of a well-known record shop/label based in the North West of England) This was 1993. I ran a DIY punk distro under his unknowing patronage for a further ten years. This irony still pleases me. Then I took a big break to do other things, some music related, some not. At the start of 2018 Land Of Treason was recussitated. Why? Why not…”
Land of Treason webstore
Land of Treason Facebook
Urinal Vinyl – based in Norwich. Vinyl only punk rock distro and label, DIY stylee! Hardcore, anarcho, crust etc.
From Facebook: “Urinal Vinyl started with the aim of promoting vinyl on the punk scene, and facilitating its purchase and availability. Distribution for bands, sold at gigs, thereby avoiding ever increasing postal costs, with all profits (?!) being put to use in putting out more releases on vinyl, especially for bands that would never be able to do it themselves. Please get in touch if you have vinyl you would like me to stock and sell for you, or if you’re interested in pressing some vinyl up, re-releasing a CD on vinyl, or possibly featuring on a compilation. The whole thing is being run on a shoestring, out of a public lavatory, so don’t expect too much and you won’t be too disappointed.”
Pumpkin Records Based in Manchester, running a label, distro, annual festival and podcast. Stocks varied stuff from crust and D-beat to dubs.
Pumpkin Records webstore
Pumpkin Records Facebook
Pumpkin Records bandcamp
Kibou Records – based in Suffolk, a label and distro. Political hardcore punk, crust, D-beat etc.
Boss Tuneage Records – based in Northumberland. 30 years in and still going strong. Label and distro. From Facebook: “Boss Tuneage formed in Aston’s bedroom early in 1990 with the release of the Goober Patrol / Vehicle Derek split 7″. 20 years on and over 270 releases later, the label has moved as far afield as the dining room and shed, still determined to bring quality music and quality releases to those people who still like to buy music!”
Horn & Hoof Records – “The ethos behind Horn & Hoof is unity, to help promote and bolster the DIY scene, working with other bands and labels from the UK and Europe. Stocking everything from skate punk, to ska and hardcore. We’ve put out a multi label fundraising compilation and put on charity events. more to come from the Horn & Hoof Family, and that’s how we see everyone we work with…family weather it’s put out through our label or taken as stock to sell, everyone we work with becomes part of the Horn & Hoof family. If you feel like supporting us and the bands then please head over to our store and pick up a record or CD, we only charge postage on one item.”
Ante Up Distro – a UK based Hardcore and Punk Record Distro/Store. “Bringing you the best in new and old records from the world over.” Some great stuff available on here.
Ante Up Distro website
Strictly No Capital Letters – A UK based record distro associated with the Collective Zine website and forums. Has been running since, 2001. Stock lots of vinyl and cds, mostly emo, punk, hardcore and indie but sometimes other stuff.
Dog Knights – a label and distro based in both the UK and Germany I think?
Dog Knights distro website
Lockjaw Records another label and distro.