Published Aug 11, 2011Three teenagers have been arrested in connection to Tuesday's (August 9) devastating fire at the Sony/PIAS distribution warehouse in London, where the stock of more than 150 independent record labels was destroyed.
London 24 [via Pitchfork] reports that two 18-year-olds are still in custody over allegations of violent disorder and arson, while a 17-year-old was released on bail. Charges have yet to be filed. The arrests were but a few of the hundreds that have taken place this week in connection to the London riots.
Despite the warehouse losing upwards of 1.5 millions CDs in the blaze, PIAS has issued a statement saying that units are now being produced elsewhere in the country and in Austria. In regards to the outpouring of support, including the LabelLove campaign, PIAS said that it has been "overwhelmed by the response and incredible support offered to both ourselves and the labels that we represent here in the UK."
"The last 48 hours has seen a genuine outpouring of support for the principle of independent labels, artists and repertoire. [PIAS] and our labels have received offers of support from both some of the largest names in the business to individuals, all of which simply want to do all they can to support the continued vibrancy and creativity associated with independent music," the statement continued, adding that everyone is working steadily to get back to business.
Warp Records, one of the many imprints affected by the arson, also issued a statement, detailing the damage done and what's to come in the future.
"All of Warp's UK stock appears to have been lost in the fire," it reads. "The Sony DADC warehouse also acted as our international distribution hub and so this has affected our ability to supply our overseas partners."
Warp titles lost in the fire include most UK copies of Battles' new "My Machines" single, though it will be available digitally this Monday (August 15). Upcoming albums by CANT, Plaid and Rustie, meanwhile, are being manufactured elsewhere with hopes that their release dates won't be affected.
"The biggest challenge for us is replacing Warp's extensive back catalogue spanning the last 21 years," the imprint continued. "We will replace as much of this as we can by creating new stock and replenishing where possible with stock from outside the UK. Unfortunately some releases may never be available physically again"