AUDACIOUS ART EXPERIMENT                Black Lodge Rec.
************************                20 Wellowgate
                                        DN35   0RA


Distr. : UK - Shellshock/Black Lodge/Norman/
Style  : post-rock / math rock / indie / post-punk / grindcore / hardcore /
         krautrock / psychedelic / post rock / disco punk / jazzy indie rock /

The Audacious Art Experiment is more than a record label, we’re a community mindset
that yearns for something more than ‘nine to five’ and aim to take back our chosen
social freedoms, artistic expressions and community spirit from the companies trying to
sell them to us. Music is our voice and the records we make are the product of our
beliefs, dreams and desires.
If you make music, or just like what you hear… if you create art, take photographs, or
saw some that blew you away… if you met some people who inspired you, or would like to
meet them… then let us know, and we’ll share what we know.

The Audacious Art Experiment was started by Ben Lane in the summer of 2002, he built it
up from nothing into a successful label with some really amazing releases. Not long
after Ben put out the first CD he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Sadly, aged
21, he passed away on November 20th 2004 after fighting the illness for over two years.
The Rise: Reclamation Process 12” was the last release he had chance to work on and the
entire record goes out to his family and all who loved him. Fortunately for us his love
of music, courage and unconquerable spirit allowed him to go on and bring us some
wicked records.
The Experiment was placed in the safe hands of Luke and Bestie from Stand. Bestie
pretty much took up the brains of the operation, he sorted out releases and stopped
Luke from wasting all the labels money on postage for shit trades. Luke sorted out
distribution (badly) and was thankful for Bestie trying to stop him wasting money on
postage for shit trades. During this period The Experiment released The Vs Project s/t
CD and the Fast Point – Skateboards & Powerchords 7”.
Bestie then moved to London and became responsible for quite a lot of internet and web
that needed developing. Luke settled in Sheffield and began having a blast.
For a number of years, The Experiment was run out of a house on Westbrook Bank with an
ever growing group of very clever friends. During this period they cobbled together to
put out the Wooderson / Ox Scapula split 7” which they were all very proud of.
After a brief period of traveling in America, Luke returned and decided (against his
own advise) to pick up the label again and give it one last shot. Some things were said
in various pubs on various evenings and eventually a group of people agreed, that new
bands were needed and a communal practice space would be required to form them. A week
later, a space was acquired in a back room on Harwood Street, Sheffield and some boys
began to jam. It wasn’t long before one room became three and some boys became twenty
five girls and boys. Since the inception of Audacious Space there has been a flood of
releases including the Elk – First Love 7", Trans/Human – The 8 Hour Dance and Blood
Sport – Journal N.4 Cassettes, as well as the Nope – Revision 12" and the forthcoming
Cowtown – Dudes Vs. Bad Dudes 12".
Both the label and the space continue to grow, getting stronger and stronger under our
renewed need for community and free expression. During 2012 we organised 26 events and
gigs at various different spaces across Sheffield. Most notably though our own
Audacious Space on Harwood Street. That’s at least one every other week, putting on and
paying fairly ninety six different bands and artists, from all over Europe and the UK.
We didn’t manage this all alone, we worked with other incredible groups on a lot of
these nights including Tye Die Tapes, Singing Knives, LaDIYfest as well as the wider
Sheffield punk scene.

The Label:
The Experiment – like most labels – has certain values and rules that were adhere to.
We demand that the music and bands that we put out is challenging. This could either be
musically, lyrical content, the releases artwork or even the bands personalities. If
you’re not challenging anything you’re not living, you will never progress or achieve
anything of worth. Aside from all this we do have one other major rule which is
paramount and that is NO DICKHEADS!
Ben Lane forever!
[Taken from:] july 11. 2015

        01      STAND/HHH : EVERYTHING I AM IS NOT FOR SALE             CDEP    02.2003

STAND   Halt The Dancefloor, The DJ Is A Knob Head! / Winter / Illegitimi Non Carborun
        dum / You Are Full Of Junk!
HHH     Higher Moral Purpose / Indifference / Heads Down
        02      ARMY OF FLYING ROBOTS   ARMY OF FLYING ROBOTS EP        7"        .2003

        A.      People With Faces / Clipped Wings, Bleeding Faces
        B.      The Goth Brought Revels And I Felt Cheated / Eyes
        03      ANDY, GLENN AND RITCH : ESCAPE FROM THE BASTILLE        CDEP      .2004
                Too Much Hotch / Six