Catalyst Records is a label dedicated to more than just releasing records. Catalyst is also about ideas and the meaning behind the music, such as straight edge, veganism, feminism, the DIY concept, as well as fighting intolerance and injustice. Knowledge is power.
We are dedicated to maintaining the spirit of the hardcore music scene, both by remaining DIY, and by promoting bands that fit with the ideals of the label, not just because they will sell records. Catalyst is a label that still believes that hardcore is as much about communication, hopes and ideals as it is about music. We believe that without the music, the ideals remain; but that without the ideals the vitality of hardcore is missing. Music on its own is merely entertainment, on some levels hardcore is entertainment, but it is our hope that it is also something more.
:: straight edge : We believe dedication to living a substance-free lifestyle is another step in forging a better world; both for the sake of personal clarity, and to stand apart from yet another form of mass population control. Clarity is the weapon they fear, reclaim your life.
:: veganism : We believe that the concept and practice of veganism is an integral part of leading a personally responsible life, and of bringing justice into an unjust world. Please take the time to educate yourself about our culture's relationship with non-human animals and steps you can take to make a difference.
:: feminism : Gender issues are greatly overlooked within the hardcore scene, and that gender repression and inequality is one of the greatest injustices in our culture, crosscutting the lines of class and race.
The list is in no way meant to be exhaustive, there are countless struggles for justice in the world that can use your attention. The question is what are you willing to do...