Springing from a DIY fanzine operation run by two high school friends in Illinois, Polyvinyl Records made its debut in July of 1995 with one split 7” single.
With their first releases by Midwestern bands such as Braid and Rainer Maria, Polyvinyl captured a snapshot of a burgeoning indie scene, and continued to grow as those artists gained popularity – all the while remaining dedicated to fostering talent with a 50/50 profit-share.
They’ve since released a host of bands who’ve pushed the boundaries of indie-rock: arch experimentalists Joan of Arc and electronic-tinged duo Mates of State among them.
The label has now grown into an international operation, counting European bands such as Casiokids (Norway) and Loney, dear (Sweden) on their roster, as well as Australians Architecture in Helsinki.
Click through to get free download tracks from three Polyvinyl Records artists, who are still carrying on the D.I.Y. spirit that inspired its founders sixteen years ago.
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – “Everlyn”
From the Missouri band’s 2010 album Let It Sway, ‘Everlyn’ is an indie-pop charmer. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin craft their songs finely, despite their somewhat unwieldy name.
Owen – “Good Friends, Bad Habits”
Owen is actually Mike Kinsella, a prolific musician whose history with Polyvinyl Records includes playing in Joan of Arc and American Football. He’s due to release new album Ghost Town this November, but in the meantime check out 2009’s ‘Good Friends, Bad Habits’.
Starfucker – “Bury Us Alive”
A party track to round off the list, ‘Bury Us Alive’ mixes swooning indie melodies with punchy electronics for a fan favorite. The Portland band is currently touring the US in support of this year’s album release, Reptilians.