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I bought many 90's emo CD's from there.
After Leamington Spa's Soundhouse closed in the early 90's Tempest was a lifeline for me for a long time (where else to get those early Low records or Labradford?). Obviously, times have changed, and I was pleased (and surprised) to find them still open just before Christmas. Sad news for the midlands.
Just Swordfish left then? (I've not been back in a while).
Tempest Records had a really good online ordering service and I'm really going to miss it.
Swordfish is apparently on the way out too.
worth a look. i assume the sale is instore as well.
Although I don't live in Brum, I did visit Tempest a couple of times. The last time, I managed to pick up a load of back catalogue Che 7" singles. It was one of those shops where you could literally spend hours browsing through the racks. No online buying experience will ever replace that for me.
What shit times we live in...
Not a good omen.
totally sucks ass. Tempest has 30% off in store. that place and the staff were awesome. I even went upstairs the other day for my official last visit.
swordfish has been on stop with a few labels for a while now and the guys who work there aren't the best (don't like the same music as me) but it's sad they're going too.
I can really recommend Polar Bear records which is a few miles out from town in Kings Heath. specialise in kraut rock but healthy mix of new, weird stuff. pretty good metal section as well
Is Jibbering still on the go? It's on google street view, but I thought it went a while back, before that kicked off?
I used to buy everything from Swordfish and the Plastic Factory except stuff like 12"s that I got upstairs at Tempest. Now I pretty much just buy online, so I'm to blame. And the 1000s like me. Sad times.
I used to get a few bits from there when I was at Aston. Must've spent a lot of time lurking cos the ex-owner identified me at a gig at least 2 or 3 years after I'd last been in and I looked fairly different to the time when I was a regular. So unless he had a remarkable memory for faces, it kinda goes to show that the dudes (and dudettes, although it is normally guys) pay good attention to their customers.
Jibbering could always be relied on for a recommendation.
This is all a bit rose-tinted, obviously, but it kinda reminds ya that record shops really are one of the greatest places and that I should be thankful for Monorail and Avalanche up here in Glasgow.
I'm afraid. Polar Bear still going strong though and well worth a detour if you're in the city.
shit news :(
Tempest sustained me throughout my years at uni in Birmingham. Easily the best record shop I've ever been to.
I feel quite sad.
the instore discount (and I assume they will do it on the website too) is now 40%. Now while tempest is shutting down, the guys from the ground floor, where the hardcore/metal/alt etc was sold are going to be opening a new store inside Oasis market over the road, due to open sometime in May, though they are not sure what it's gonna be called yet. And also I hear that a store selling similar stuff to the downstairs in tempest, dance/d&b/bassline also opening over in oasis. Obviously nothing can truly replace the greatness of tempest, the last 4/5 years where my tastes have changed this shop has been vital in supplying me with what I was after, and also recommending lots of stuff I might like on the basis of my purchases (though it has been detrimental on my wallet!!) As for swordfish, the signs of them going under have been there for a good year or so now, stock hasn't been updated in there for a long time, shelves are very bare. I didn't get chance to pop up there today, will do the next time i'm in to find out more. It is really sad that the two independent shops left in the city centre look to be closing around the same time, they are becoming less and less all the time.
I have popped in a few times in the last twelve months and there is the smell of death about the place. It's pretty sad considering it was such a vibrant little hub of music enthusiasts not even three years ago and you could get almost anything from there.
Is there any way the independent retailers can save themselves? I bloody hope so.
Nearly everyone I know who has been there over the last year have said there's a smell of death to the place.
I was in there likely over Easter and despite having money burning a hole in my pocket, I couldn't find anything I wanted to buy. The smell of death indeed.
This is awful news of course. Terrible for Birmingham and its independent music scene.
it was the first place i realised birmingham bands were putting out records of their own. but in recent years it's mostly been the bargain section for me, regular albums were just too much. i don't mind paying a bit more to have the record store experience and support the local independent shop or whatever but i'm not gonna get an album for £16.99 that's £6 on amazon and £10 in HMV. and probably £12 in Swordfish.
As for Swordfish, yeah it definitely smells weird. But their prices aren't so bad and I dunno they strike me as the kind of guys who have never spent (and never will spend) any money on anything apart from records so maybe they have some savings to get through the rough patch
Rich Perry from Tempest (hardcore/indie floor) has set up with another muso, IGNITE RECORDS in the Oasis Centre. Opened 5/6/10, stocking predominantly hardcore/indie/industrial/metal/emo/punk etc. New stock due in this week from USA and UK. Pop in and take a look or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further info. Both blokes are called Rich so it'll be easy to remember. Thank God for independents :)
Very best of luck the venture.
is awesome, still stocking the shelves on saturday but rich just delved in a box and foist a couple of records on me. he is such a pimp.
you should definitely check it out I'm so happy it's back (kind of if you know what I mean)
For anyone in the region who's into dubstep, techno, electronic and so forth, Seismic Records above Kong in Leamington Spa is well worth dropping in on.
Maybe it'll be replaced by a non-chain coffee shop?