Pallas Rue Demise Of Independent Record Store
Graeme Murray of Pallas says he’s saddened after Aberdeen independent record store One Up Records announced it will close its doors at the end of the month.
The news comes in the same week high-street retailers HMV and Blockbuster went into administration.
A statement from One Up, which opened in 1979, says: “Recent trading has been very difficult. We cannot express just how much we have appreciated all the support our loyal customers have given over the years. We would like to thank all of our past and present staff for their amazing effort who made One Up what it was.”
Murray has thanked store co-owner Fred Craig and his staff for years of support – and he’s lashed out at illegal downloaders for contributing to the financial problems that dragged the firm into the dirt.
The bassist, whose band hails from the Scots city, tells Prog: “One Up has been in Belmont Street for as long as I can remember. Fred is a local legend with an encyclopaedic knowledge of all genres of music.
“It’s an old-school record shop: you can go in and browse, finding albums you haven’t seen in years. If they don’t have what you’re looking for they’ll find it for you. Nothing is too much trouble.”
He describes the outlet as “a hub for musicians and music fans” and says many acts have had cause to be grateful for Craig’s invitation to make in-store appearances.
But he blames those who take music without paying for the closure. His message is: “Downloading music thieves, this is largely your doing.
“I am sick of hearing that you download albums for free – steal them – but then buy them as well. It’s bollocks.
“You are killing the entire music business, even if you can’t or won’t admit it. One day there will be nothing left for you to torrent or rip. There will be no bands or artists because you have stolen their livelihood from them.”
Since Craig announced the imminent closure, the firm’s website has exceeded its bandwidth due to interest from across the music world. Their Facebook page notes that, unlike HMV, gift tokens will be honoured until the final day of trading.
Murray adds: “One Up will be sadly missed. I fear the local record store is about to disappear for ever. It’s very sad.”