Our History

Established in 1979 by our founder Paul Birch, Revolver is one of the oldest, independent record labels in the UK with a rich history and catalogue boasting an eclectic mix of brilliant artists. A few of the most notable over the years include The Stone Roses, Scorpions, Asia, Diamond Head and the U.K. Subs.

The Revolver Family

Over the years we have operated under a variety of different brands to fit the diverse range of genres we became interested in releasing. These include:

  • Heavy Metal Records – HMR was actually the first of the Revolver family to be formed all the way back in 1978 and has been staple in the Metal scene for all those decades. Still in operation today our Sister label has shown no signs of slowing down with exciting, new Metal releases always around the corner.
  • FM Records – Home to our dance, jazz and electronic releases FM Records has fulfilled a very important role over the last 40 years bringing100 the public some of our best content such as Magnum and White Sister.
  • Black Records – Predominantly an Indie/Punk brand Black Records was always on the cutting edge of the alternative music scene even giving The Stone Roses their big break with the Sally Cinnamon release.

After the consolidation of our brands into Revolver Records and Heavy Metal Records, these days Black and FM act as legacy labels and are a reminder of the outstanding material released by our artists over the years.

Our Values

During our time in the music industry we’ve seen some significant changes affecting the way that music is created, presented and consumed, and we here at Revolver have similarly changed to bring the music we’re passionate about to a new generation.

Despite this, we still have the same philosophy we started with all those years ago: to provide opportunities and support to exciting artists that we believe have the potential to make a huge impact in the world of music.

The Team

Paul Birch

Hello I’m Paul Birch. I’ve run Revolver Records since its inception in 1979, releasing over 6000 albums. I am former Chair of the British Record Industry’s (BPI) International Committee and was a board member of both PPL & IFPI. Now in my 45th year in the music industry I’m still as excited as I was on that first day to show you everything that Revolver has to offer.

Joshua Birch

I’m Josh and I’m a Business graduate that has been working at Revolver for a number of years. I am part of the music team as a Label manager, and also review submissions sent in by artists around the world. In my spare time, I love playing the guitar and reading about current global affairs.

Dominic Smith

Hello, I’m Dom, I’m 24 and I’m a Digital Label Manager and Administrator. I was previously an apprentice through Revolver Records and the BPI. I have a Masters in Music at The University of Hull, focusing on technology and its relation to popular music.

Will Lowbridge

I’m Will and I’m a 20-year-old intern from Birmingham City University studying Sound Engineering & Production. My role at Revolver includes everything from carrying out re-issues on classic pieces of our catalogue to finding new, exciting artists and supporting their releases. My interests include animal conservation and indie music.

Matt Farr

Hi, I’m Matt Farr, I’ve been working at Revolver Records for 3 years now. As the resident metalhead, I keep my finger on the pulse for the latest trends, looking for the next big Metal act. In my downtime, I like to play guitar, enjoy local ale in old-fashioned pubs and immerse myself in ancient history