Soundwave Records in Summerville (2139-B N. Main St., 843-821-8810) enjoyed a metal-driven Record Store day — and even dealt with the cops!
From Greg Woodard of Soundwave Records & Comics in Summerville:
Our Record Store Day event really turned out to be a tremendous success. This was our first year participating, and we’re so excited about last Saturday’s turnout that my staff and I are already kicking around ideas on how we might make 2010’s RSD an even bigger and better occasion.
The day started out on a high note as we had people gathering in our parking lot before we opened in anticipation for the live metal performance by Aralic. Aralic is the Aiken-based experimental death metal band that Soundwave has nominated to Metal Blade Records’ “Next Great Heavy Metal Band” contest. We had planned to have the boys play a double set out front of our store so that we’d have ample room for the large crowd that was expected. However, a short time into their sound check the police showed up and tried to shut us down. It seems not everyone had the spirit of the day. We rose to the challenge, and after quickly re-organizing inside the store to make room, Aralic tore into back-to-back sets that showed everybody in attendance why they deserve to win the Metal Blade competition. In retrospect I’m glad the cops came because it seemed as though everyone enjoyed the show more by being crowded inside between the aisles. You can’t stop the rock and, as someone said to me, it isn’t a real rock show unless the police try and stop it.
We were able to have our cook-out outside and there were plenty of great RSD freebies to go around. We also had a huge 20% off sale as a bonus to all our friends and loyal customers. Later that night, Aralic was the special guest on the 98X metal radio show where they gave Soundwave several shout-outs. It was awesome having such a positive response from the public throughout the day. Despite a little adversity it was a day to remember and we’ll be rockin’ even harder when RSD 2010 arrives. See ya there.