Volcanic Tongue has made the decision to close its physical shop, which is officially shut as of today. For the vast majority of our customers this will not change your experience with us whatsoever, other than receiving your orders even quicker as we return full circle to our roots and once again become an underground music mailorder exclusively.
A lot has gone into this decision and it makes sense to us that after ten years running the shop that we’d want to make a significant change and the time is now. In the past two years we sadly lost two major figures that were an integral part of the day-to-day running of Volcanic Tongue: David’s father, Tom Keenan (who built both of our shops entirely by hand) and Volcanic Tongue’s most long-term customer, friend and employee, Shaun Falconer. After their deaths running the physical space didn’t make sense any longer, it’s simply not the same without them. Also, the two principle owners of Volcanic Tongue, David Keenan and Heather Leigh, are very busy with their own creative work outside of the shop which means energies are divided and there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to run both a mailorder and physical shop as efficiently as possible. Logistically, not having the shop will mean an extremely significant reduction in overheads so we can carry a lot more stock from the smaller labels we love who have lost out due to our physical shop expenses/demands and we can make sure the labels and artists we support are paid in a timely fashion.
We’re so grateful to all of our loyal customers in Glasgow, the UK and the travelers from all over the world who have made pilgrimages to the shop over the past ten years. We’ve met so many remarkable people from all walks of life; the shop was truly a lightning rod for the extraordinary. There were so many unforgettable in-stores at both locations but I think we can all agree that the magical nights in The Hidden Lane will be remembered for a long time to come and featured some of the best gigs of the last few years. We’re thrilled that Golden Lab Records will soon be releasing Mad Nanna’s live set from Volcanic Tongue on LP, a fitting memento of what the VT shop experience was all about.
Please bear with us during this short transition period, there could be minor delays processing and sending orders and responding to correspondence but we’ll be fully on track very shortly. Keep an eye on the website as we will be adding all of our shop stock to our on-line inventory, including one-offs, used and very rare items. Could all customers who currently have reserves please get it touch to clear them as soon as possible. Locals, please email us to arrange collecting your reserves as well.
A massive thank you to all of our amazing customers and all of the artists and labels we work with. We’re feeling super positive about this change and are really excited about entering a new phase in our lives and with Volcanic Tongue.
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