Rob Fales and Amanda Niesslein started Southpaw in May of 2009 in Santa Cruz, California. The label initially started as small distro of our favorite bands accompanied by DIY cassette releases. In August of 2009 we moved 90 miles north to Oakland, California in the midst of the bay area garage rock explosion…well the most recent one! By November 2009 we released our first 7″ by San Francisco folk act The Sandwitches. The 7″ sold out in just under a week and soon after the label was releasing singles by other local acts Bare Wires, Shannon and The Clams and The Splinters.
Since then the label has released records from notable acts such as The Hussy, The Younger Lovers, Warm Soda, Ty Segall and many more. Now in 2016 the label has released over 60 titles on cassette and vinyl.
Thanks to everyone who has supported us along the way!
-Rob and Amanda