Manic Kat Records

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Manic Kat Records
IndustryIndependent record label
GenrePop Punk, Hardcore Punk, Punk Rock, Post Hardcore, Emo, Rock Music, Ska, Metalcore, Alternative
FoundedAugust 13, 2009; 14 years ago (2009-08-13)
FounderPeter James
HeadquartersPomona, New York

Manic Kat Records is an American Independent record label founded in August of 2009[1][2]. The label primarily specializes in Pop punk music. Manic Kat Records is headquartered in Pomona, New York [2].


Founded in 2009, Manic Kat Records was established as an independent record label that would "aim to put artists first[3]." While primarily having pop punk bands, the label also has bands from the genres of Hardcore punk, Punk rock, Post-hardcore, Emo, Rock music, Ska, Metalcore, and Alternative rock[2].

Founder Peter James stated he founded the label out of his passion for the local pop punk scene in New Jersey. He also stated he wanted to create a label that truly nurtured creative growth in bands after dealing with difficult labels in the past[4]

After a four year hiatus from 2010 through 2014, the label restarted to resume operations. The labels five year anniversary was marked with the release of 5 Years of Real Punk. Real Attitude. The compilation album featured the labels biggest hits, with songs from the bands Right On, Kid, Pyrite Sidewalk, and the Anchor, among others[5].

The label expanded overseas throughout the course of the late 2010's. The band Forgotten Sons is a Scottish band, while Talia is a French band [6][7].

The label has had acts reach the Billboard charts. The Anchor's albums Breathe and "Make It Last" and Right On, Kid's When Words Are Enough both reached the heat seekers chart, which is a chart that ranks albums that are nearing the top 200 album chart[8][9][10][11]. Label president Peter James stated that the Anchor charting was the biggest achievement for the label[12]

The label also has had bands covered by popular music blog AltPress. Neverlyn had a music video premiere on the site, and they have had numerous bands receive placement on the websites Spotify playlist[13][14]

In 2018, Manic Kat Records released a special Christmas album titled "A Very Merry Punxmas, Volume 1". This album featured covers of Holiday songs and some new songs by their bands[15]

In 2019, the label partnered with a new distributor to press physical releases for the band's releases, as well as push digital releases[16].

In 2020, the label launched PunkHub Live. As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, PunkHub was launched as an interactive platform for bands to perform live concerts over the internet[17]

Manic Kat Records also partnered with the U.K. based guitar company Maybury Guitars, and New Jersey based company Tenacity Pedals in 2020[18]


  • angelface/headcase
  • Bad Case of Big Mouth
  • Brian Milligram
  • Brian Smith
  • Cheers to Verona
  • The Foxfires
  • Get Busy Living
  • High Speed Chase
  • Jump for the Sails
  • Missiles and Markers
  • Reflective Insight
  • Rival Town
  • Serious Matters
  • Throw the Heat
  • The Tired and True
  • Wired for Havoc

In the media



  1. "killthemusic". Kill the Music. Kill the Music. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Manic Kat Records". Retrieved 2020-06-02.
  3. "Manic Kat Records | About". Manic Kat Records. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  4. Timms, Tabitha. "Manic Kat Records owner talks ideal artists & challenges of running a label". All Punked Up. All Punked Up. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  5. "5 Years of Real Punk. Real Attitude. Compilation". Manic Kat Records. 2019-12-27. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  6. "Forgotten Sons". Manic Kat Records. 2019-09-05. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  7. "New Additions to the Family!". Manic Kat Records. 2020-04-10. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  8. "billboard". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  9. "billboard". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  10. "The Anchor's Breathe Album Hits The Billboard Charts!". Manic Kat Records. 2019-10-29. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  11. "Right On, Kid hits Billboard Chart!". Manic Kat Records. 2019-04-30. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  12. Klipfel, Valentine. "MEET MANIC KAT RECORDS' LABEL MANAGER PETER!". Distrolution. Distrolution. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  13. "ZAC EISENSTEIN (MAN OVERBOARD) IS "FAR FROM PERFECT" IN NEVERLYN VIDEO". Altpress. Altpress. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  14. "open spotify". Spotify. Spotify. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  15. Timms, Tabitha. "LISTEN: Manic Kat Records Release A Very Merry Punxmas". Roar Report. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  16. Timms, Tabitha. "INTERVIEW: Manic Kat Record's Label Owner, Peter James Talks Growth, Music and the Future". Roar Reports. Roar Reports. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  17. "Manic Kat Records Announces Punk Hub Live". News Break. News Break. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  18. Phink, AJ. "Manic Kat Records Ally With Maybury Guitars & Tenacity Pedals". The Punk Site. The Punk Site. Retrieved 29 June 2020.

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