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Meet Sorry State Records' Staff

Daniel is Sorry State's founder and owner. While his passions have always been 80s hardcore and '77 punk, these days he spends just as much time listening to 60s and 70s psych, prog, and art rock, jazz, and whatever other weird sounds he can find. He also tries his damnedest to hear every cool punk record that comes out. His favorites include the Fall, Wire, Discharge, the Buzzcocks, Wretched, Leatherface, the Jam, the Kinks, Poison Idea, and too many others to name.

Check out Daniel's blog, All Things to All People

Seth has been with Sorry State since the brick and mortar store opened. On top of the general day to day SSR work he also makes the New Release Cheat Sheet videos. He particularly enjoys the dumbest most obscure 70s punk he can find but fills the rest of his listening with a healthy doses of anarcho-punk, Japanese hardcore, power pop, minimal synth and any of the other wonderful things that fall under his very broad definition of punk. Things you are most likely to hear if you walk into his house - Crass, The Jam, Solid Space, Upright Citizens, Kleenex, The Cigarettes, Rudimentary Peni, The Stalin, Wire, Bastard, The Slits, Gauze or some random unlistenable KBD garbage that he loves.

Check out Seth's blog, Outta Style

Jeff is another og member of the Sorry State crew, slangin’ punk records at the brick and mortar store since opening day back in 2013. While working the counter, he loves to blast 80s US hardcore, UK punk classics, some goth, and all resemblances of Scandinavian punk/mängel at loud volumes. Also, affectionately earning the nickname “Jef Leppard” amongst his fellow Sorry Staters, Jeff has a reputation for indulging in some cheese-drizzled hair metal from time to time. Some of his favorites include Totalitär, Anti-Cimex, BGK, COC, Out Cold, Necros, Battalion of Saints, Die Kreuzen, Wipers, Killing Joke, The Damned, Generation X… and Poison Idea (duh). Also, a direct quote: “The first Skid Row record RULES. Fight me.”

Check out Jeff's blog, Live Fast Jeff Young

Eric Chubb started working at Sorry State in September of 2017. Having an affinity for fast hardcore punk as well as 90/early 2000s pop punk and melodic punk, some of his favorites are: Poison Idea, Ramones, Gauze, Wasted Time, Green Day, Marked Men, Masshysteri... just to name a few.

Check out Eric's blog, Life of Waste

Vincent Chung is to Sorry State what Beau Beau was to Avail. He bears no official capacity outside of the token cheerleader and doesn't even chip in for gas. His tastes are “all kinds of music, including country and rap.” When it comes to rowdy rock ‘n roll, his hype bands include (but not limited to) Dead Kennedys, Dillinger Four, Die Kreuzen, The Damned, Dee Dee King, The Dicks, Dickies, The Dirtbombs, The Dils, Dag Nasty, The dB's, Dearborn SS, Deadguy, and anything John Reis swings his axe on.

Check out Vincent's blog, BLAG.

Dominic joined Sorry State Records in July 2019. He is a record store veteran, originally from England and has been living the Hi-Fidelity lifestyle for more years than he cares to mention. An avid collector and DJ, his tastes favor a Mod esthetic with 60's Jazz, Soul, Blues, Freakbeat, Garage and Psych getting prime turntable time in his sets. Favorite artists include Jimi Hendrix, Curtis Mayfield, Ramsey Lewis, Gabor Szabo, Lee Perry, Paul Weller and Johnny Marr, to name just seven.

Growing up in the Seventies and Eighties exposed Dominic first hand to Punk, Disco, Reggae, Post-Punk, Indie Rock, Hip-Hop and more. Then going in to the Nineties with Brit-Pop, Grunge and Dance music exploding, his musical palette expanded further. His thirst for sounds old and new has never left him and he is excited to be back in his natural habitat. Dominic will be endeavoring to use his knowledge and experience to keep the Sorry State shelves stocked with good and interesting records, whatever your budget, whilst keeping his ear to the ground for hot new titles. He is happy to continue his music education assisted by his colleagues and customers alike.

Ava has been working at Sorry State since July of 2019. While loving all forms of metal and punk, her musical interests branch out into R&B, folk, classical, Celtic rock, and almost anything with rich, descriptive lyricism. You will typically find her spinning some kind of 80’s thrash or heavy metal. Some of her favorite artists include Manilla Road, Old Man’s Child, Agent Steel, Mercyful Fate, Immortal, Accept, War, Pokolgép, Ozzy Osbourne, Moonspell, Summoning, Judas Priest, Mithotyn, Clannad, Inquisition, and Jethro Tull.

Originally from Indianapolis, Usman moved to Raleigh in 2013, the same year the brick and mortar store opened. He has been gunning for a job at Sorry State ever since his arrival, but it was not until June 2020 when he started officially working at the store. He operates a small label/distro with Jeff from SSR called Bunker Punks Discs & Tapes. He spends most of his time outside of Sorry State working on his label and rehearsing with his bands. Growing up on classic punk/hc bands like Crass and Discharge, he quickly developed a taste for Scandinavian hardcore. Totalitär, No Security, Avksum, Kaaos, Tampere SS, Mellakka and Pohjassaka are amongst his favorite Scandinavian bands. Don't get him wrong though, he listens to more than just punk! He enjoys Aretha Franklin just as much as Totalitär and loves a lot of reggae/ska like Desmond Dekker, Burning Spear, and Toots & The Maytals.