Neon Sunset: How to Run an Indie Punk Rock Label with Slovenly Recordings Founder Pete Menchetti
Pete “Sticker Guy” Menchetti formed Slovenly Recordings in 2002 in Reno, Nevada, and has been delivering ‘the best in psyched out garage punk shit rock for crazy kids all over the planet’ unapologetically ever since.
‘[Slovenly] is one of the most beautiful words in the English dictionary,’ tells Pete on Neon Sunset. ‘It just means rough and unorganised and kind of sloppy and not quite dirty but something like that. Disheveled, if you will.’
Dealing with slovenly musos for the better part of 17 years as the head of an indie punk rock label has – shockingly – not always been smooth-sailing. ‘Sean from The Spits picked me up by my shirt and threw me up against the side of the van in Paris because he thought I was walking away with all of the money.’
Having recently put together a huge rock festival in Vietnam (We’re Loud Fest), and with offices now in Berlin and Tokyo, as well as the States, the Slovenly label is a smorgasbord of international talent. But there’s one country, in particular, that Pete feels is breeding the most exciting rock music: ‘Canada is fucking killing it for me right now.’