Welcome to Know Hope Records. We think you’re going to like it here.
You might not have heard of this burgeoning independent label out of Philadelphia, but that’s about to change.
Started in 2015 by longtime friends Shawn Dorsey and JD Perry (former guitarist of I-Surrender/Columbia Records’ Valencia), with a sole mission to release records that they love, by artists that they love, the label has been slowly building up an impressive roster of artists that are bound to become some of your favorites.
Below is information and streaming links for the label’s most recent releases. We hope you will take some time to sample each artist. If you feel compelled to review the records or are interested in setting up interviews, we’d love to hear from you!
We look forward to letting you know about some exciting additions to the Know Hope Records roster in the weeks ahead.
And now for some music…
Mosey “The Way We Remember It” – 12”Vinyl and Digital Re-issue
Mosey is the most recent in an ever-growing list of musical efforts put forth by Dan Pawlovich. Even before he ever picked up an instrument, Dan can recall having a fascination with musical timing, melodies, arrangements, and lyrics. It would grow into an unstoppable passion for creativity across all aspects of music, and beyond.
He’s performed with such bands as Illinois, Valencia, and he is currently the drummer for Panic! At The Disco. He’s extremely proud of those accomplishments and works to honor and build upon them every day.
Recently, Dan teamed up with Know Hope Records to reissue Mosey’s debut album, The Way We Remember It on vinyl, which will be released on October 14, 2016. From the very beginning, he simply set out to create a collection of songs that could walk and talk for themselves. From such a slow and steady approach, Mosey derived it’s name.
Whether writing, producing, mixing or performing, Dan has a relentless desire to communicate through music. So, stay close for more…
selfhelpme “the road” LP
selfhelpme is the acoustic solo project from former Valencia guitarist and label co-owner, JD Perry. the Philly-based pop-punk band that released three records from 2004 – 2011; via I-Surrender Records and Columbia Records.
“the road” was written and recorded by JD in a Nashville house during the Winter and Spring of 2016. The album blends folk with blues and indie undertones. It is a concept album that focuses its arrangements, production, and performance on simplicity and timelessness; which lends to a unique, old-meets-new sound that can be heard from song to song.
In the years after Valencia, JD experienced a journey of self-discovery through self-awareness, which lends to his stage-name, selfhelpme. In 2014, he began to compose his own music on top of contributing to other music projects (Mosey, James Kelley Band, Kelley Plante). Under the name Morockan Music, he released his first demo’s in Spring 2014 and his first EP in January 2015, and in June of 2015 he released his second EP under JD Perry. He eventually settled on the moniker, selfhelpme, which can be best described as this: “self, help me.” It is a true representation of JD’s path, his mindset, and his music.
Dec 03 The Local New York, NY
Dec 04 Bourbon and Branch Philadelphia, PA
Promise of Redemption “Where You Ought To Be” EP
Check out a Promise of Redemption “Unstaged” acoustic video here.
Music has always been a part of Shane Henderson’s life. Growing up in suburban Philadelphia, Shane was heavily influenced by a diverse range of artists, everything from Springsteen to Hot Water Music to Jimmy Eat World. All of this influences played heavy on Shane’s music, and ultimately stood out during his time as the front man for the Philadelphia pop-punk group Valencia. Over the course of eight years, Shane recorded and released three albums with Valencia (I Surrender Records, Columbia Records) and stole the hearts of thousands.
Promise of Redemption began as a side project of Shane: a creative outlet separate from Valencia. Sonically, POR has always shown a softer side of Shane, while still lyrically capturing raw emotion and being relatable, as well as encompassing his wide variety of influences. Shane has released two full length albums under Promise of Redemption: 2004’s The Lights That Flicker Will Surely Fade (Pacific Ridge Records) and 2008’s When The Flowers Bloom… (I Surrender Records). While Shane showed considerable growth with POR, with Valencia at the height of its popularity, POR was ultimately put on the back burner.
When Valencia went on indefinite hiatus in 2012, Shane wasn’t done. Armed with a collection of new material, Shane self-released an EP, Control, in 2013 under the moniker Shane Henderson and The Future Perfect. Self-described as a “cross between Tom Petty and Hot Water Music,” AbsolutePunk said “the quality guitar work, melodic intricacies, the crisp percussion, and all the other details make Control an essential listen.”
Three years after his last released, Shane decided to revive Promise of Redemption. With Where You Ought To Be, which was released on July 22, 2016 on Know Hope Records, Shane combines his classic style, while also incorporating new influences and detailing the ups and downs of navigating through the journey of life.
Shane, a native of Philadelphia, PA, now calls San Diego, CA home. In addition to POR, he also works as a producer and sound engineer, as well as an artist for Downwrite, a service where music lovers can connect with their favorite artists to have custom songs written for them.
Triangle Shirt Factory/selfhelpme “Split 7 Inch” EP
Trevor Leonard has long been a staple in the Philadelphia music scene and beyond. Trevor started the melodic space punk band Procession Came Opposite and is an active member of the folk-rock trio The End of America and rock outfit Punchline. With Triangle Shirt Factory, Leonard blends Americana, rock and reggae to create an unparalleled folk style.
Triangle Shirt Factory’s KHR debut, a split 7″ with selfhelpme, was released on August 19, 2016, and more TSF is on the way!