Hysterical Records is a new record label kicking goals in Melbourne. The music industry is overwhelmingly male-orientated and Hysterical is striving to make a change.
Fresh out of the gates, Hysterical was quick to sign local garage punk outfits Wet Lips and Shrimpwitch. Both bands' releases through the label in 2017 have enjoyed an incredible reception, attracting attention from Rolling Stone, Triple J, Noisey and countless others.
Label founders Grace Kindellan of garage trio Wet Lips, Amanda Vitartis of Future Popes PR and Jenny McKenchie of both Cable Ties and Wet Lips are taking back what it means to be 'hysterical' - encouraging a platform for women, queer and trans people to shred, turning a scene full of bros into a distant memory.
We caught up with the ever amazing Grace, who gave us the low down on what they've been up to...
How did Hysterical first get started and what do you stand for?
"Hysterical Records started when Jenny and I looked to Amanda to help us release the debut Wet Lips record.
"Three women walked into a bar... and we came out with a brand new record label!
"Our aim with Hysterical Records is to put out music by the Australian bands that we love. There are so many awesome bands playing in Melbourne and around the country at the moment and we want to help them reach a wider audience.
"We are also on a mission to improve representation of women, trans people, and queer people in Australian music, particularly within the genre of garage/punk music. It is tiring seeing mediocre bands who make apathetic 'punk music' rise to the top simply because of their image as a larrikin BOYS band."