Svalbard Have Signed With Church Road Records

After the recent exodus of bands from Holy Roar Records in the wake of the allegations of sexual misconduct against the label’s founder Alex Fitzpatrick, one band has found a new home.

That band in regards to this post is Svalbard whom have signed a deal with Church Road Records.

Church Road Records, is owned and run by Justine Jones (Employed To Serve vocalist) and her husband Sammy Urwin (Employed To Serve guitarist), and will now be putting out the band’s third album, ‘When I Die, Will I Get Better?’, on the original intended date of September 25th 2020 instead of Holy Roar Records.

The band have released a statement about the transition to their new label.

“We are fortunate to have worked with Justine for many years, her passion, dedication and label knowledge has been instrumental in our growth as a band. She’s a person in the music industry who genuinely cares. We are proud to be releasing this record on Church Road Records.

Justine is doing everything she can to keep the release on track, however please be patient if minor delays occur along the way or if things continue to appear online under the Holy Roar label during the transition period – we will keep everyone informed via our socials of all developments.

We will be donating a portion of each record sale to Rape Crisis. We have chosen to support this charity as their centres, helplines and campaign for change against sexual assault are so desperately needed in these times.

We would like to say a huge thank you to our fans for being understanding, supportive and patient – and to Justine and Sammy at Church Road Records for all their hard work ensuring our album still gets released.”

Pre-orders of ‘When I Die, Will I Get Better?’ from the label’s Webstore and Itunes.

Rolo Tomassi & Other Bands, Employees and Of Holy Roar Records “End Relationship With Holy Roar Records” After Label’s Founder Accused Of Sexual Abuse

Employees and Bands signed to Holy Roar Records have left the independent record label after the founder, Alex Fitzpatrick was accused of Rape, Sexual Harassment and Abusive Behaviour.

In the wake of the allegations agains Fitspatrick, Sheffield Heavy Hitters Rolo Tomassi have now left Holy Roar Records.

Their statement can be read below.

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“In light of the allegations about Alex Fitzpatrick, we have ended our relationship with him and Holy Roar as a label, effective immediately.”

They continued: “We have zero tolerance for abusive behaviour and stand in solidarity with those that have come forward.”

Other bands signed too Holy Roar have also addressed the allegations and are in the process of making further decisions.

Palm Reader, whom have their fourth record, ‘Sleepless’ set to be released at the end of October 2020 with the label have said:

“aware of the recent allegations against Alex Fitzpatrick”, and are “currently in conversation with our team on how to move forward”.

“Abusive behaviour is not to be tolerated under any circumstances and is something we as a band and individuals take very seriously,” they stated.

Svalbard have also added:

 “We stand with survivors and we always will. It takes so much courage to speak out, we are sending all of our support to those affected. We are currently figuring out our next steps, and will update this when we are able.”

“I am deeply disturbed by the allegations made against Alex Fitzpatrick of Holy Roar Records,” posted vocalist Serena Cherry, sharing the band’s collective statement. “This is everything we stand against inSvalbard. Sending solidarity and support to the victims and those affected.”

Justine Jones (Employed To Serve) says:

We have spent the last 24 hours in horror of the allegations that have been made against Alex Fitzpatrick, the owner of Holy Roar Records.

The extremely serious allegations are against everything that myself, Sam, Wil and our bands – stand for.

We, the labels employees are resigning from working with Holy Roar effective immediately.

We are sorry for the long silence. It was a lot for us to process with our bands and personally and we found out the same time as the public.

Alex will be making his own statement in due course.

Justine, Sam and Wil.

At the time of writing, Fitzpatrick and Holy Roar have not posted anything against the allegations.

For those who are facing or who are survivors of sexual abuse, harassment and misconduct, more help and support can be found below.

A Voice For The Innocent:
The Survivors Trust:
Citizens Advice:

Respire Sign With Holy Roar Records

Holy Roar Records have a brand new signing on their hands!

Toronto Six-Piece Respire have been announced as the labels latest signing. The band formed back in 2013, where they have released two records to date, 2016’s Gravity And Grace’ and 2018’s Dénouement – with more material expected to follow soon.

More details on any further releases from Respire will be confirmed as they develop.

Palm Reader Detail Upcoming Record, ‘Sleepless’

Nottingham Post-Hardcore favourites Palm Reader have announced the details of their upcoming fourth record, ‘Sleepless’, which is the follow up to their 2018 release, ‘Braille’.

Set to be released on 30th October 2020 via Holy Roar Records, the band have released the single, ‘Hold/Release’ to couple the news.

Streaming of the lead single is available below where you can also view the Cover Art, Tracklisting and Pre-Order Options.

01.) Hold/Release
02.) Stay Down
03.) Ending Cycle
04.) Willow
05.) A Bird And Its Feathers
06.) Islay
07.) False Thirst
08.) Brink
09.) A Love That Tethers
10.) Both Ends Of The Rope

Pre-orders are available via the labels Webstore, Bandcamp, Amazon, Google Play and Itunes.

Palm Reader Sign To Holy Roar Records

The Nottingham based heavy hitting Post-Hardcore group Palm Reader have announced they’ve signed a deal with Holy Roar Records.

This news comes with the news that they’ve completed the recording of their upcoming fourth record, which is the follow up to their 2018 effort, ‘Braille’.

On the joining of the record, the band have said:

“It’s a privilege to have our name added to the roster of a label that has done a lot for the UK scene. Holy Roar has been home to some of the best artists of the last few years and we are excited to call the best British independent label our home.”

Palm Reader’s fourth record is expected to be released sometime later this year in 2020.

Employed To Serve Announce Album + Single

Woking Hardcore rockers Employed To Serve have announced details of a band new album!

They will be releasing The Warmth Of A Dying Sun through Holy Roar Record on May 19th with the link to the pre-orders here. Listen to the single below.

The art you see in this video is their album art. This is one piece I’ve certainly seen that is above the par and could be my favourite of the year! Only time will tell.

Here’s the track listing.

1. Void Ambition
2. Good For Nothing
3. Platform 89
4. Lethargy
5. I Spend My days (Wishing Them Away)
6. Never Falls Far
7. The Warmth Of A Dying Sun
8. Church Of Mirrors
9. Half Life
10. Apple Tree

They’ll be supporting Heck, Palm Reader and have a slot at Effigy Festival at the following dates. They have one headline show in London which is the May date.


1 Bristol Exchange (Effigy Festival)
26 Cork Poor Relation
27 Galway Roisin Dubh
28 Dublin On The Box
29 Belfast Voodoo
30 Kent Astor Theatre (supporting Palm Reader)


19 London Old Blue Last