Noise Appeal Records 15 Year Anniversary 2017-10-20T22:32:18+00:00


Hard to believe, but true: in 2018, Noise Appeal Records turns 15, marking an unbelievably long, but intense time. Artists came and went, just like acquaintances and business partners did. What came to stay was some grey hair, just like the label itself. And it’s still a big part of my life.
I often get asked how long I want to continue doing this „side job“, to which I reply that I’ll do it as long as there’s a breath in me. Maybe it’s because my point of view is different. To me, my „normal“ job is actually my side job, which helps me fund my life, and Noise Appeal Records is a part of that.
Unfortunately, I have to say, it’s still not the main part. It was and still is my dream to one day have the label as my „normal“ job. ‚You’re a dreamer‘ is what I hear quite often when I share this wish, adding that it wouldn’t be the same if it really was my only job, forcing you to bend over backwards, pushing the artistic aspect into the background. This I don’t and don’t want to believe. Because, even if that’s true – nothing worse shall ever happen.
But back to the start. Noise Appeal Records turns 15, which has to be celebrated. But how? When we turned 10, a dream came true when I was able to work with one of my all-time favorite artists, Hans Platzgumer, and put together and release the „HP Zinker 7inch“ box.
So what is more obvious than releasing another 7“ box with one of my favorite artists? Well, it’s not a box, but a 7“ club subscription with 24 artists that walked alongside Noise Appeal Records during those 15 years, and influenced, accompanied and impressed me with their following projects, side gigs and new and unknown ways.
Who these artists are and who shares which single with whom will be revealed here shortly. But for now, step by step. After all, we want some suspense, don’t we? We will have 100 subscriptions, not more. 12×7“, one band per side, 24 songs in total in black as well as colorful vinyl. Silkscreen covers and a download code for the last single, which allows you to load all songs onto your pc, phone or mp3 player.
But: this project wouldn’t be possible without your help. And if I wasn’t myself I would have used established crowdfunding platforms, but as you know, that’s not my style. My style is DIY or more DIWF, which means „do it with friends“. In my case this friend is Michael (DSGN/CDE), who’s been with me for quite a while and kindly designed a website. Which is also the only place you will be able to get this subscription and pay it upfront. To save shipping fees, we will ship four times a year, three singles per shipping. If you prefer, you can also pick up your orders yourself!
I am really looking forward to share a lot of new and old music with you next year. Music always meant the world to me and hopefully, to you too, starting 2018.
Noise Appeal Records


As the first act of the 15th anniversary 7“ club, I want to introduce you to a very old friend of the label and myself, to Chris Magerl. I saw him perform live for the very first time in the mid/late 90s in Eggersdorf (Styria). I can’t quite remember if he already played with his band “Sick Of Silence” or with his pre-project. But it actually doesn’t really matter.
Together we went through the years of Hardcore/Punk in Graz and Styria and I was able to witness how focused Chris was in making music. He had one goal and did everything to reach it. He toured through Europe and the States, recorded and improved his skills on a daily basis and evolved with his band “Sick Of Silence” and became an incredibly unique Hardcore/Punk-four-piece.
When Marion, my partner in crime in the early days of Noise Appeal Records, and I were thinking about a second release, we immediately thought about a new record from “Sick Of Silence”, but while we discussed this topic with the band, the band itself split up.
But as active as Chris always has been, he brought his very new project to the table, called Once Tasted Life”, an emo band in the vein of “Weakerthans”. Together with my friends Gerfried (from the “Plague Mass”), Stevie (whom I played with in “True Illusion”) and the former “Sick Of Silence” drummer Felix. And what to say? It pierced right through my heart. That’s when we decided to release the first EP of “Once Tasted Life”, called „Fallow Fields Of Hope“. It got released on June 26th, 2003 and was the second release of Noise Appeal Records. Fun Fact: so far it’s still the best sold record ever. We produced a circulation of 1.100 copies and nearly all of them are gone by now. Some few copies are still left, so if you’re interested, you are more than welcome to order it and own a piece of our history.
As time passes and friends are coming, staying or leaving, “Once Tasted Life” broke up after a few years, some tours and records. And what did Chris do? He kept moving, as Chris Magerl, and most of the time as a solo-artist. Just him and an acoustic guitar, some times with a band’s support. So when I started to work on the project of the 15th anniversary 7“-club, I asked him if he had some never released recordings for me to put on the singles-club. And, luckily, he had. The song is called „The House Always Wins“, and the music and the songs’ lyrics captured me totally. It is so present and so true. It is – even if the music is a bit more quite – more Punk than most of today’s so called punkrock-bands. The message is clear. There’s nothing hidden and no sarcastic meaning. Just the truth, right in your face, delivered in a great emotional live-performance, making the sadness of nowadays critical condition of the planet audible in every second. Listening to the song for the first time, I had tears in my eyes and I am sure, so will you.
Chris is going to be one of two artists who will appear on the first 7“ of the club. With a live-version of „The House Always Wins“, recorded on April 4th, 2017 at the „Sofar Sound Sessions“ in Graz. It was by the way the first time ever Chris played this song in front of an audience. So this one is really, really special!

Recorded recorded live by rene pettinger, eps records
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Sign up for the Noise Appeal Records 15th anniversary 7”-club. The subscription is 95,00 Euros excl. postage. We ship four times in 2018. Each pack includes three 7” with silkscreened cover artworks. To sum it up: 12×7”, some black, some colored, 24 artists and at least 24 songs. Last shipping will include a download code of all songs. The series is limited to 100 copies.


If you have any questions regarding the 15th anniversary 7“-club or the label itself don’t hesitate to contact me: