‘Atticus … Dragging the Lake’ Turns Twenty

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Brooklyn Vegan has a look back at the Atticus … Dragging the Lake compilation, which was releases twenty years ago on Side One Dummy Records.

It helped shine even more of a light on Drive-Thru Records, which was a crucial player in emo/pop punk crossover and which was growing rapidly thanks to the success of their flagship band New Found Glory and a then-recent deal with MCA Records (home of blink-182). NFG, who were already pretty big at this point and about to be much bigger upon dropping Sticks and Stones a month after this comp came out, were represented with their then-rare Christmas song “Ex-Miss,” and other Drive-Thru bands who were on the cusp of breakthroughs were there too. Philly emo-leaning pop punks The Starting Line were there with “Greg’s Last Day” from their 2001 debut EP With Hopes of Starting Over, and a few months later they’d begin rapidly rising with their debut LP Say It Like You Mean It. Long Island emo/melodic hardcore band The Movielife made the cut with “Walking On Glass,” one of the best songs from their 2001 EP The Movielife Has A Gambling Problem. Finch, who were instrumental in putting a pop punk-friendly spin on post-harcore, made the cut with “Post Script” from their debut LP What It Is To Burn, which came out a couple months before Dragging the Lake.

What Happened to Side One Dummy Records?

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Dan Ozzi, writing at Noisey, looks at the collapse of Side One Dummy Records:

Many SideOneDummy artists who spoke to Noisey were reluctant to comment publicly on their situations since their futures with the label are currently being determined. Some have pre-existing contract renewal options under evaluation, others are in the process of obtaining rights to their back catalog from the label, and those with recent or future releases are working with the label on promotional strategies going forward. And since SideOneDummy has largely been home to small to mid-level acts that largely don’t employ lawyers or managers, most have been left to navigate negotiations on their own, and lack the business acumen to do so.