Frenchkiss Records

Frenchkiss Records is an independent record label based in New York City. The label was started in 1999 by Syd Butler, bassist and founder of Les Savy Fav. The label's first purpose was to release Les Savy Fav's second album The Cat and The Cobra, but has since been the label responsible for discovering a varying array of artists such as The Hold Steady, The Antlers, The Dodos, Local Natives and Passion Pit. The label has recently added a music publishing side as well, Frenchkiss Publishing.

Frenchkiss Records
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Parent companySony Music Entertainment
Founded1999 (1999)
FounderSyd Butler
Defunct2014 (2014)
Distributor(s)The Orchard
GenreIndie rock
Country of originU.S.
LocationNew York City

The company was acquired by The Orchard in September 2014.[1]

Frenchkiss Label GroupEdit

In early 2012 Frenchkiss Records launched the distribution company Frenchkiss Label Group, which is "focused on growing visibility for indie labels in the spirit of communities such as Dischord, Rough Trade and Touch & Go."[2] In May of that year Cavity Search Records was announced as one of the first nine labels to join the Frenchkiss distribution group, along with JAXART and Pendu Sound.[3] At that point, Frenchkiss had ceased its affiliation with RED, and had begun working with The Orchard.[2]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Orchard buys Frenchkiss Records | Complete Music Update".
  2. ^ a b Brown, Janice (May 9, 2012). "Frenchkiss Label Group Launches, Signing ATP, White Iris, Underwater Peoples, More". Sonic Scoop. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  3. ^ Asward, Jem. "Exclusive: Frenchkiss Label Group Announces First Distributed Labels: ATP, White Iris, Underwater Peoples, More". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-06-19.

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