Run by NOTSENSIBLES guitarist Stephen Hartley, Eli Records embraces the punk/post-punk DIY ethos lock, stock and barrel. Based in the back room of a terraced house in the north-west of England, the only thing that’s out-sourced is vinyl pressing. Covers are cut to size on a guillotine in the cellar then folded and glued using jigs made from recycled materials. Cover designs are firmly influenced by Japanese print-making and early 19th century English typography and wood engraving. Each cover features at least one woodblock image and all text (including the vinyl labels) are printed using letterpress and Adana machines.
The music is recorded very simply on an 8-track and mastered by Notsensibles bassist Gary Brown. Band rehearsals have taken place in the room for years including Notsensibles and The Strange. Covid scuppered things for a while, but now weekly rehearsals of the ‘House band’ featuring two Notsensibles, The Strange, soul singer Dawn Pierce and other passing musos have resumed. More records and guerilla gigs out of the back of a van are planned. Gigs generally incorporate 7″ vinyl discos showcasing the labels vast singles collection, spanning mod; R&B; Northern; funk; ska; reggae; punk and post-punk.