Swami Records


Swami Records started in 2000 under the Sympathy for the Record Industry umbrella. Their first release was the critically acclaimed first Hot Snakes record, Automatic Midnight. "A desire to piss on the competition, an overblown sense of self worth, an unhealthy need to control and another tax write off to counter his other massive business holdings," was all the inspiration that label founder and president, The Swami John Reis (Rocket From the Crypt/Hot Snakes/The Sultans/Drive Like Jehu/Pitchfork) needed to set out on his own. The first record without training wheels was the second Hot Snakes record, 2002's Suicide Invoice, which was also met with an unusually healthy amount of adoration by both critics and fans.

With the Swami Southwest SÃ?ance tour wrapping in April - which featured 22 year old Alabammy heartthrob Dan Sartain, The Husbands, The Sultans and Beehive and the Barracudas - in 2004 the Swami staff (which according to Reis is, "big and hard") is fixing to release news albums by Detroit legends Demolition Doll Rods, San Francisco's first and only rock n roll band Crime, Hot Snakes, Beehive and the Barracudas, Rocket from the Crypt reissue of Circa Now! and tons of other stuff.

Has being in a band on labels such as Interscope and Vagrant influenced the way Reis runs Swami? "No," he says "I am mostly influenced by lore and instinct."

( - Jayne Detroit)

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Swami and the Blind Shake: 'Surf Classics'
John Reis of Rocket from the Crypt has a newish project. Dubbing himself Swami, Reis has collaborated with garage rockers Blind Shake. They're streaming their new album Modern Surf Classics and you can hear it at The AV Club. The album is out January 27,…
2015-01-21 16:00:01

John Reis talks Rocket from the Crypt reunion
John Reis recently spoke with San Diego City Beat about the upcoming Rocket From The Crypt reunion…
2012-12-31 14:00:02

Hot Snakes: 'Automatic Midnight' demos
John Reis of Swami Records has posted four instrumental demo tracks from the formative days of his band Hot Snakes, featuring just Reis and drummer Jason Kourkounis. He writes: Here are 4 leftover instros from the Auto Midnight recording session before there was even a Hot Snakes. It's just me and Jason. We recorded 18 songs in 3 days,…
2012-12-28 12:00:01

The Night Marchers: "All Hits"
San Diego's Night Marchers have posted a new song from their upcoming second album, Allez Allez. It was first announced in late September but looks like it will not be out till January 22, 2013.…
2012-12-13 14:30:01

Rocket From The Crypt (Europe)
Rocket from the Crypt have announced five European shows in April of 2013. Along with the dates, the band posted a brief Q&A covering some frequently asked questions. Notably: Q: Will there be other shows? A: Maybe. We will see how it goes. Q: Why are you playing again? Are you broke or…
2012-12-12 16:00:01

Rocket From the Crypt tease European dates
Rocket From the Crypt continue teasing fans, this time offering some perhaps more concrete plans. The band posted an image to their Facebook page showing a rocket launching from California, with trajectories…
2012-12-07 12:30:01

The Night Marchers detail "Allez Allez"
San Diego's Night Marchers have detailed their second album, Allez Allez. It was first announced in late September but looks like it will not be out till January 22, 2013. The band includes…
2012-11-21 16:30:01

Rocket From the Crypt are up to something
Swami Records, the label run by Rocket From the Crypt frontman John Reis, is fanning the flame of speculation by posting a mysterious teaser image to their Facebook page. The…
2012-11-05 12:00:01

Hot Snakes
Hot Snakes have booked three shows in December.…
2012-10-05 17:00:01

The Night Marchers announce 'Allez Allez'
The Night Marchers have quietly revealed their plans to release a sophomore full length before the end of the year. The band includes current and former members of…
2012-09-26 18:00:02

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