Long-standing independent record label Standby Records has officially re-launched, ushering in a brand new era for the label that has long been known as a launching pad for some of the biggest names in rock (Black Veil Brides etc).

With a new look, new logo, new website, a new vision for the future and a slew of exciting new artist signings, Standby Records is poised to shake things up within the music industry as they move to redefine themselves and expand beyond the world of heavy music.

Joining the label’s roster with new albums to be released over the next several months are: British alt rockers SECRET COMPANY, JESSE SMITH & THE HOLY GHOST, featuring Jesse Smith, a founding member of seminal metal-core band Zao (who are launching a tour with He Is Legend in support of their debut LP this summer), Dallas, TX rock trio PSEUDO FUTURE, San Jose, CA indie/alt 5-piece DEMON IN ME and Canton, OH alternative/electronic 4-piece I FIGHT FAIL.

Smith says, ” I’ve thrown the good work at this project. After writing, recording, and self-financing, it’s good to find a label home. We are excited to work with Neil Sheehan and the staff of Standby Records for a push on our first proper release.”

A music video for Jesse Smith & The Holy Ghost’s first single (“826”) off the album is premiering today on Revolver Magazine.

Breakout acts OUTLINE IN COLOR  and  LIGHT THE FIRE remain on the roster.

Label founder and CEO Neil Sheehan says, “Everything evolves. Standby has been a voice for the glam rock, goth rock and metal scene for over 8 years; but as in life, everything evolves and we excited to bring a new look and sound to the new era of Standby Records. We will continue to strive to discover and develop new artists that haven’t been afforded the opportunity to get their message and music to the masses. We hope you will find some of your favorite new bands and artist through the new era of Standby Records.”

Check out a teaser video about the relaunch of Standby Records here

All new ARTIST MUSIC VIDEOS can be seen on Standby’s YouTube Channel HERE!

Upcoming releases from the NEW Standby Records:

JULY 8th


Pre-orders are now available in the Standby Records store and on iTunes.

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Hailing from the small town of Parkersburg, West Virginia, Jesse Smith of Jesse Smith & The Holy Ghost has lived the all too familiar “ups” and “downs” of the music business for the last 20 years. As a founding member of the seminal Christian metal-core band Zao, Jesse went on to sell thousands of records, tour the world with some of the biggest names in metal, and influence the sound of countless major heavy acts.

“Over the years I have struggled to find my place as a songwriter,” explains Jesse. “I’m a fan of heavy music, but I’ve always been into all types of stuff. When I began writing these songs, I just wrote from the heart, with no preconceived notions of what they would turn out to be but it’s been an amazing experience creating music and art with so many dear friends,” Smith says. “These songs are straight-up what I was looking to do. When I began, I wasn’t sure who I was, but now I know.

Smith and his live band – drummer Brandon Joy, bassist Ralph Moyers, and guitarists Breyer White and Dakota Walker, also had the opportunity to hone their chops and test new post-classic alt rock material live as they took to the stage at renowned festivals like Milwaukee’s Summerfest, Delaware’s Dewey Beach Music Festival and Cornerstone Festival, as well as headlining and support gigs throughout the East Coast and Midwest backing artists like He Is Legend, Sleepwave, Filter, Saving Abel, Trapt, and more. The band’s first EP sold well over 1000 copies quickly in 2013 which truly spoke to Jesse that he was on the right path so over the next few years, he painted the portrait of his life in his music as he developed as an artist and a person.

The group tracked the new album at Michael Seifert’s Ante Up Audio (Dave Matthews Band, Fountains of Wayne) with Brandon Zano producing and engineering. With a release date set and tours running through the end of 2016, the future is bright.


7/7 – Brooklyn, NY @ Black Bear Bar

7/11 – Toledo, OH @ Ottawa Tavern

7/14 – Valparaiso, IN @ Big Shots

7/15 – Crest Hill, IL @ Bada Brew

7/19 – Erie, PA @ Basement Transmissions

7/20 – Webster, NY @ Harmony House

7/21 – Wareham, MA @ 3065 Live

7/22- Harrisburg, PA- Federal Taphouse

7/23 – Vineland, NJ @ The Oak Tavern

7/24- Morgantown, WV- 123 Pleasant Street

7/25 – Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar

7/26 – Raleigh, NC @ Southland Ballroom

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Jesse Smith The Holy Ghost

Jesse Smith and the Holy Ghost

July 8


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Secret Company are a band who have their eyes firmly set on the big time. They caught people’s attention last year when the lead track from their debut EP ‘Saviour’ – clocked over 160,000 streams on Soundcloud. Since then they have continued to impress. Follow up single ‘Picture’ attracted widespread critical acclaim and resulted in the band being invited to perform three live tracks on the prime time TV show Made In Chelsea. Building from that exposure they’ve topped the Shazam charts, stormed the Roundhouse in London with Coasts and enjoyed a series of their own sold out headline shows.

Lead singer & guitarist, Scott Revell describes this new track; “Midnight Rush started with a sort of Roy Orbison ‘I Drove All Night’ incentive, but quickly into writing it I kind of got taken down a darker route which felt more exciting and just kept going with it. It became real easy early on to imagine a visual for it too, which was like a dark Sin City/Robert Rodriguez kinda vibe. An influence from the film Drive was hard to avoid too. The track takes on quite a journey so it always feels like you’re headed somewhere, which makes playing it live really intense. The song sets the scene of being late at night, when you’re most vulnerable to letting feelings overtake you and then maybe doing something that you shouldn’t.”

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Secret Company

July 29


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Pseudo Future is a compelling and energetic rock trio from Dallas, Texas. Even only being a trio, Pseudo Future makes you feel the hard hitting guitar, the bone filling bass and the full, deep, groove filled drums throughout your entire body. Combining and blending sounds from traditional rock, alternative indie, blues and more, Pseudo Future is able to bring a completely new sound to listeners that never gets old.

Upcoming Pseudo Future Tour Dates (all shows with A Brilliant Lie):

Jul 30 The Prophet Bar- Dallas, TX

Jul 31 TBA- Hattiesburg, MS

Aug 02 Fubar Lounge- St Louis, MO

Aug 04 Rocketown- Nashville, TN

Aug 06 Jack Rabbits- Jacksonville, FL

Aug 07 TBA- Tampa, FL

Aug 08 Will’s Pub- Orlando, FL

Aug 09 El Rocko Lounge- Savannah, GA

Aug 10 New Brookland Tavern- West Columbia, SC

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Pseudo Future

Many more releases will be announced soon. To keep up-to-date on all things check out Standby Records online at: