A newly founded Kamloops record label has released a third compilation album featuring local bands and others, with proceeds going towards a good cause.
Divine Bovine Records, a label founded by local musician Jared Doherty along with bandmate Emilio Pagnotta in 2019, has just released Holy Cow 3.0, a third compilation album featuring his own work, other local music and bands encountered along the way.
Doherty, who plays in the bands Mother Sun and Elsewhere, said he wanted to create something communal — something other local bands could use for help with recording or distributing their music.
In the past months, Pagnotta has put together a recording studio capable of tracking a live band. In fact, local artists have already recorded there, including an EP by The Houses (Where We Grew Up) and a full-length album with local punk rockers Headcheese.
Community is something the two have had in mind all along. Proceeds from digital sales of their latest compilation will go toward the Kamloops Food Policy Council to provide meals to more vulnerable community members.
“Food is something a lot of people take for granted, but it’s not something everyone has access to, especially this year,” Doherty told KTW.
Holy Cow 3.0 won’t just be available digitally, however. It has also been released on cassette tape. Each of the 12 artists on the album will receive a share of the limited 75-tape run to distribute themselves, while remaining copies will be available locally.
Local bands featured on the album include Mother Sun, Echo Beach, The Houses (Where We Grew Up), Elsewhere, Cardboard Cop and Veer. Other acts include rincs (Los Angeles), Speak Easy (Victoria) and Wrecked Beach (Vancouver), among others.
“It’s cool because everyone, I think, has been hurting with music this year. So, it’s just looking for new ways to promote with friends, throwing albums together made up from music from a lot of different people. It feels like a great privilege,” Doherty said.
Rather than spending the year touring, as was planned prior to the pandemic, Doherty and friends have been busy recording and releasing music, with a new Mother Sun album released on July 11 and a new album from Elsewhere dropping on Oct. 30.
The mix tapes can be found on the Divine Bovine Records Bandcamp page at divinebovinerecords.bandcamp.com. Digital copies of Holy Cow 3.0 sell for $7, with proceeds going toward the Kamloops Food Policy Council.
Other albums, including releases from Echo Beach, Elsewhere and Mother Sun, are also available on that page.