Sonny Kay

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Sonny Kay is a visual artist/musician currently residing in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In 1993, he founded the independent record label Gold Standard Laboratories, known also as GSL, while attending the University of Colorado at Boulder. During that time he was a member of the hardcore band Angel Hair (Gravity Records).

In 1996, Kay (and GSL) relocated to Berkeley, California. By this time, he was vocalist with the "futuristic" post-punk band, The VSS.

Kay founded the independent music distributor, Bottlenekk Distribution, in 1996 which resulted in a rapid acceleration in releases and notoriety for GSL. The label soon became synonymous with bands such as The Locust, !!!, and The Mars Volta. Kay moved to San Diego in 2001 and to Los Angeles in 2003. Between 2003 and 2006 he was vocalist for the post-hardcore/punk band Year Future.

After GSL ceased operations in October 2007, Kay began devoting his time mostly to art and graphic design. In 2008 he became creative director of Rodriguez Lopez Productions, a record label based in Los Angeles dedicated to releasing the works of guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López and various other artists related to The Mars Volta. He was also the creative director for L.A.-based Sargent House Records. His collage art and/or graphic design has adorned album and CD sleeves for bands including Omar Rodríguez-López, The Mars Volta, RX Bandits, Red Sparowes, The Locust, DJ Nobody, The Glitch Mob, 311, and others.

Kay was also a member of the bands Savalas (1991–1992), Subpoena the Past (1997–1999), and Optional Body (2008). He is credited with backing vocals on early releases by the San Diego grindcore band, Cattle Decapitation.
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Vocals

TIRE-1 Sonny Kay - Sleeved / Five-Fingered album art Savalas (6) Savalas (6) - Sleeved / Five-Fingered(7") Titanic Records (2) TIRE-1 US 1992 Sell This Version
TIRE-4.5, 201-001.5 Sonny Kay - Savalas album art Savalas (6) Savalas (6) - Savalas(7") Titanic Records (2), 201 Records TIRE-4.5, 201-001.5 US 1992 Sell This Version
Sonny Kay - Nervous Circuits album art The VSS The VSS - Nervous Circuits (Album) Honey Bear Records US 1997 Sell This Version
Gravity 18 Sonny Kay - Pregnant With The Senior Class album art Angel Hair Angel Hair - Pregnant With The Senior Class(CD, Comp) Gravity (2) Gravity 18 US 1997 Sell This Version
GSL18, Hymnal 005, HYMN05 Sonny Kay - This Years Eclipse album art Subpoena The Past Subpoena The Past - This Years Eclipse(CD, EP) Gold Standard Laboratories, Hymnal Sound, Hymnal Sound GSL18, Hymnal 005, HYMN05 US 1998 Sell This Version
GSL7 Sonny Kay - 21:51 album art The VSS The VSS - 21:51(CD, Comp, RE) Gold Standard Laboratories GSL7 US 2000 Sell This Version
Sonny Kay - Homovore album art Cattle Decapitation Cattle Decapitation - Homovore (Album) Three One G (31G) US 2000 Sell This Version
GSL 28 Sonny Kay - Conjure Itch album art Subpoena The Past Subpoena The Past - Conjure Itch(12") Gold Standard Laboratories GSL 28 US 2000 Sell This Version
GSL 64 Sonny Kay - En Tu Casa O En La Mia album art Omega Cinco El Vecino Del Quinto Omega Cinco - En Tu Casa O En La Mia(7", EP, Ora) Gold Standard Laboratories GSL 64 US 2003 Sell This Version
MONO 005 Sonny Kay - Strictly Ampersands album art Year Future Year Future - Strictly Ampersands(12", S/Sided, Etch) Monorhetorik MONO 005 Netherlands 2005 Sell This Version
Sonny Kay - First World Fever album art Year Future Year Future - First World Fever (Album) Gold Standard Laboratories US 2006 Sell This Version
SH081 Sonny Kay - Nervous Circuits + 25:37 album art The VSS The VSS - Nervous Circuits + 25:37(LP, Album, RE, Gre + 12", MiniAlbum + Comp) Sargent House SH081 US 2012 Sell This Version
Sonny Kay - Optional Body album art Optional Body Optional Body - Optional Body 25 Diamonds US 2013 Sell This Version
5419724202 Sonny Kay - Operator album art MSTRKRFT Priceless MSTRKRFT - Operator(CD, Album) Last Gang Records 5419724202 Australia 2016 Sell This Version
FR89 Sonny Kay - Buried Language album art Echo Beds Only Surfaces Echo Beds - Buried Language(LP, Album, Sil) Flenser Records FR89 US 2018 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

0003 Sonny Kay - Rocky Mountain Arsenal! (A Colorado Punk Comp.) album art Various Second Cousin (as S. Kay) Various - Rocky Mountain Arsenal! (A Colorado Punk Comp.)(7", EP, Comp) Black Plastic Records 0003 US 1994 Sell This Version
Gravity 14 Sonny Kay - Angel Hair album art Angel Hair Angel Hair - Angel Hair(7") Gravity (2) Gravity 14 US 1994 Sell This Version
Sonny Kay - Insect Mortality album art Angelhair* Angelhair* - Insect Mortality (Album) Gravity (2) US 1995 Sell This Version
Tire 008 Sonny Kay - The VSS - T Tauri album art The VSS - T Tauri (2) The VSS - T Tauri (2) - The VSS - T Tauri(7") Titanic Records (2) Tire 008 US 1995 Sell This Version
GSL18, Hymnal 005, HYMN05 Sonny Kay - This Years Eclipse album art Subpoena The Past Subpoena The Past - This Years Eclipse(CD, EP) Gold Standard Laboratories, Hymnal Sound, Hymnal Sound GSL18, Hymnal 005, HYMN05 US 1998 Sell This Version
THREE ONE #14 Sonny Kay - Homovore album art Cattle Decapitation Cattle Decapitation - Homovore(CD, Album) Three One G (31G) THREE ONE #14 US 2000 Sell This Version
GSL 28 Sonny Kay - Conjure Itch album art Subpoena The Past Subpoena The Past - Conjure Itch(12") Gold Standard Laboratories GSL 28 US 2000 Sell This Version
Sonny Kay - Year Future album art Year Future Year Future - Year Future (EP) Gold Standard Laboratories US 2003 Sell This Version
Sonny Kay - The Hidden Hand album art Year Future Year Future - The Hidden Hand (Maxi) Gold Standard Laboratories US 2004 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

5419724202 Sonny Kay - Operator album art MSTRKRFT Priceless MSTRKRFT - Operator(CD, Album) Last Gang Records 5419724202 Australia 2016 Sell This Version