The long-out-of-print Drive-Thru Records label compilation ‘Welcome To The Family’ is available for the first time ever on limited edition vinyl via Drive-Thru Records/Field Day Records. It comes in a pizza box and features tracks from New Found Glory, Something Corporate, The Starting Line, Finch, and more.
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Reminiscing about ‘Welcome To The Family’, Stefanie Reines and Richard Reines stated:
“As we were putting together the compilation, we wanted to do something different and fun. The mob theme made sense to us for various reasons, the most obvious being that our label and bands were very tight-knit, and we were known as the “Drive-Thru Family”. Add in the fact that we grew up in New Jersey with at least one amazing Italian joint in every strip mall, plus our love of mob movies like “Goodfellas”, “The Sopranos” and “The Godfather”, and ‘Welcome To The Family’ was born!”
They continued by stating:
“I believe we ordered 10,000 copies of the cd. The plant wouldn’t assemble and pack it because they said it was too complicated and time-consuming, so we said we would do it ourselves. We had no idea what we were getting into. I remember our entire office including the two of us, and all of our interns spending days putting together those pizza boxes! Our office was FILLED with CDs and pizza boxes, the conference room table piled high. We had to first put together the boxes, which came flat, insert the booklet into the cd, then put in the stickers and whatever else we had included.”
The compilation was originally released at the height of the label’s popularity on November 20th, 2001. It famously came in a miniature pizza box and featured a jaw-dropping collection of mostly previously-unreleased songs and rarities by the beloved label’s star-studded roster of bands, most of which are now highly considered to be cornerstones of the pop-punk and emo sound of the early to mid-2000s.
With contributions from the likes of New Found Glory, Something Corporate, The Starting Line, Midtown, The Movielife, Finch, RX Bands, and Fenix TX, the album and the label itself helped chronicle the booming 00’s pop-punk scene, which grew out of suburban garages and all-ages basement shows all over the US and beyond, and spawned a number of acts that went on to achieve mainstream success.
Drive-Thru Records was started by siblings Stefanie Reines and Richard Reines, and the label’s impressive 12-year run allowed them to sell over 8 million CDs worldwide and serve as a launching pad for the aforementioned bands and many others such as Hellogoodbye, Dashboard Confessional, Steel Train, The Early November, Senses Fail, and Halifax.
‘Welcome To The Family’ Tracklist:
Allister – “Somewhere Down in Fullerton”
Allister – “Stuck”
The Benjamins – “3,720 To 1”
Fenix TX – “O’Bleek”
Finch – “What It Is to Burn”
Finch – “Letters to You”
Home Grown – “Give It Up”
Home Grown – “Not Alone”
Midtown – “Get It Together”
The Movielife – “Hand Grenade”
New Found Glory – “Come Back Bon Jovi”
New Found Glory – “So Many Ways”
Rx Bandits – “Mastering The List”
Rx Bandits – “Analog Boy”
Something Corporate – “Konstantine”
Something Corporate – “If U C Jordan”
The Starting Line – “Break Up Day”
The Starting Line – “Leaving”