10 albums that have defined Repressed Records
Before Repressed Records opens each morning, Chris and Nic arrive early to listen to records. The door is locked but the jungle sounds of British electronic artist Burial can be heard outside. Repressed is best known as a hub for DIY, punk and alternative music and is celebrating its 15th anniversary as the vinyl mecca of Sydney’s underground, nurturing bands from all over Australia and often ahead of the major label system.
Founder Chris Sammut opened Repressed Records in Penrith before moving to its current home in Newtown in 2008. ‘We push artists who would otherwise go missing. I think that’s the whole purpose of this store,” he says.
“I don’t see the point of having a store that just sells reissues. It’s not exciting and you want to engage people and sell Australian music - get them involved and create a community.”
He gave Nic a job after he walked in one day wearing a Stooges t-shirt. “I was looking in the White Pages for a job in a record store,” says Nic. “And this was the only good one.”
Ahead of their anniversary bash at the Opera House this week, Backstage asked Chris and Nic to identify ten records that have shaped their tastes and challenged their ideas about music. Here are some of the crudest and weirdest sounds that define the sound of Repressed Records.