Confusion has emerged over the status of Fence Records, with King Creosote arguing that the label will continue.
A loose knit collective of vagabonds, story tellers and layabouts, Fence Records has spent the past decade or so quietly churning out some exquisite music. Yesterday (August 14th) The Pictish Trail posted a statement on the imprint's official website claiming that the days of Fence being 'Fence' were over.
Planning to re-launch both label and collective under a new name, the resurgent imprint would be based on his new home on the Scottish island of Eigg. "Over the past few years I’ve been spending most of my time up there, orchestrating the release schedule and events calendar" he said. "Kenny (King Creosote) retired from involvement with the label at the end of 2012, focusing instead on solo projects and his Alter Ego Trading Company label. All of a sudden there wasn’t much Fife in Fence, or much Fence in Fife."
However King Creosote has issued a statement (via the Courier), arguing that Fence will continue in its current form. "Having become increasingly uncomfortable with Fence Records’ direction I felt I had no choice but to bow out. I have effectively locked myself out since, quietly operating under the Alter Ego Trading Company (AETC) banner" he said. "I may be locked out for a while yet. However, the nail hasn’t been hit into the coffin lid of Fence. It is alive and well and relaunching in January 2014 from our base here in the East Neuk of Fife."
Continuing, the Mercury nominee said: "Fence turns 20 next December. I imagine we’ll forget and host an awkward 23rd birthday bash in 2017. We wish Johnny all the best with his new venture out on Eigg."
More on this when we have it.
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