It has been a while since we posted an update here on the Dirigeable Recordings. We just wanted to give you a quick update, The Minders have been busy in the studio working on their new album to be released soon. Once we have more info we will update you.
It’s been close to a decade since the Dirigeable records imprint was launched. Originally, Dirigeable was meant to become the home of the Portland pop band, The Minders. Martyn Leaper and Sean Davidson both launched a website, and set about pursuing new bands from the Portland area that would become contributors to this embryonic – ambitious pop label.
Over the course of three years, to little fanfare, six bands each released their first recordings on Dirigeable. Only two would hail from Portland:(Minders/Papillion), two from neighboring California (New Bethel, Greater California); The Arthurs from Austin, Princeton Reverbs Colonial were from distant New Hampshire, and Plane came out of the Chicago indie scene. It may be said that there were some high expectations for the Dirigeable label. Like its moniker, the imprint was set to reach for the clouds; however, somewhere along the way the energy behind the organization subsided. The door may as well have closed for good on Dirigeable, had it not been for the dogged insistence of both Sean and Martyn to give it one more try!
And so, here we have the revived and improved 21st century edition of Dirigeable recordings:
To celebrate the label’s re-launching, The Minders are releasing another installment of b-sides and
singles. This is to be the second edition of Cul-de sacs and dead ends; the first volume being released in 1999. Please look for a downloadable version of this record on band camp sometime in March, plus, there is to be a split single release of The Minders, and The Spookies. This release is slated for late spring.
Thanks for visiting us, and get ready to enjoy more sweet pop sounds from the underground!