Label nabs award, plans new releases

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Dallas-based label Hand Drawn Records has been having a busy fall.

The label, co-owned by University of North Texas graduate and label creative director Dustin Blocker, earned the award for Best Label last week at the annual Dallas Observer music awards. The company earned the award in part because of its industrious, do-it-yourself approach to making recordings, and in part because of its growing roster of bands and consistent output.

The company has released two compilations of music from Denton, Dallas and Fort Worth and at least one act from overseas. This year, the label has released an album by W.A. Fite, a retro-synth project by Blocker, and an EP by the Brandon Callies Band.

Hand Drawn has announced the release of a five-track EP, Motion, by its latest acquisition, the Swindle Boys. The band recently left Arkansas to come to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The band will have a release party at 8 p.m. Dec. 13 at Three Links, 2704 Elm St. in Dallas. The Fort Worth CD release party is slated for 8 p.m. Dec. 27 at Lola’s Saloon, 2736 W. Sixth St.

Swindle Boys makes anthemic rock, with the hint of a country twang. Also on tap for a December release through Hand Drawn: the full-length, self-titled debut by Un Chien.

Denton acts Andrew Tinker and Summer of Glaciers will appear on the upcoming third compilation from the label.

— Staff report

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