Label 56, the Baltimore-based record label that released music by End Apathy — the band fronted by alleged Sikh temple shooter Wade Michael Page — released a statement Monday afternoon, regarding Page's relationship with the label. It reads:
Label 56 is very sorry to hear about the tragedy in Wisconsin and our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who are affected. We have worked hard over the years to promote a positive image and have posted many articles encouraging people to take a positive path in life, to abstain from drugs, alcohol, and just general behavior that can affect ones life negatively. Likewise we have never sought attention by using “shock value”/ symbols and ideology that are generally labeled as such. With that being said, all images and products related to End Apathy have been removed from our site. We do not wish to profit from this tragedy financially or with publicity.
In closing please do not take what Wade [allegedly] did as honorable or respectable and please do not think we are all like that.
Thank you, Label 56
The record label is owned by Clemie Richard Haught Jr. and was incorporated on Nov. 30, 2005, according to legal documents. In addition to releasing music from End Apathy, Label 56 distributed albums such as Bully Boys' "White Kids Gonna Fight," Sadus' "Out For Blood" and the White Wash/Brutal Tactics split "Southern Aggression."
Last February, Label 56 released a split seven-inch record featuring two songs each from End Apathy and Definite Hate. In an email describing the releases, End Apathy is described as "aggressive California 80's skate punk sound." Definite Hate is described as "Southern White Boy Music ;) [sic]."
Another Definite Hate album, "Violent Victory," (which was not released on Label 56) has cover-art that "feature[s] a gruesome drawing of a disembodied white arm punching a black man in the face," according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the nonprofit civil rights organization that tracks hate groups. SPLC claims Page was a member of Definite Hate, as well.
In an April 2010 interview conducted by "Rick 56" that has since been removed from Label 56's website, Page said he had played guitar and bass in other bands, including Max Resist, Aggressive Force and Blue Eyed Devils. Page concluded the interview by saying, "I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone at Label 56 for believing in End Apathy and putting out our music!"
Calls and emails to Label 56 were not returned as of late Monday afternoon.
Tribune newspapers contributed to this article.
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