Estrus Records : Shovelin' The Shit Since '87


When we say "100% Apeshit Rock," we mean it! Kick your legs up onto the coffee table, sit back, and feed your eyeballs with explosive trash-rock splendor! The visuals and stories behind Dave Crider's Estrus Records show how the one-of-a-kind label built an empire of international noise. The roster included the Mono Men, the Mummies, Man or Astro-Man?, Teengenerate and more. Estrus' imagery was as dangerous as its music, thanks to legendary graphic artist Art Chantry and several others. Be warned, the tale of the Bellingham-based operation includes monsters, grease, smut, explosions and booze Not for boring kids!


Biographical Note:

Chris Alpert Coyle is a nomadic music journalist whose pieces have been featured on CBS News, CBS Radio and KEXP. In 1994, while reading silently in his fourth-grade classroom, he was stung by a hornet on the chin and cried like a little baby. He now has a wife and a dog.

Scott Sugiuchi has been designing for over 30 years. Highlights include work for Artisan Films (The Blair Witch Project), the American Film Institute and countless bands, record labels and venues. He plays bass in four bands and is the founder of Hidden Volume Records, a boutique record label with more than 50 releases from bands around the globe. He lives in Santa Fe.


Dave Crider co-founded Estrus in 1987 as a way to release his then band The Roofdogs. After taking over as label head a few years later, Crider expanded the roster and watched his hobby inadvertently change into a cultural phenomenon. He lives in Bellingham, Washington.

Art Chantry is a designer most often associated with the logos, posters and album art he created for countless punk, grunge and rock bands and their labels. His work has been exhibited at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Museum of Modern Art, Seattle Art Museum, the Smithsonian and the Louvre. He is the author of the cult book Art Chantry Speaks: A Heretic's History of 20th Century Graphic Design and is the recipient of the 2017 American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Medal. He lives in Tacoma.

Review Quotes:
"Lavishly illustrated and extensively annotated." -- Joseph Neff, Yahya El-Droubie Reviews

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