In early 1990 I decided to start a record label. Sonia Skindrud of Exedra 'zine, Brent Stephens from Downcast, and I all decided to start one together. Sonia came up with the name, and Brent drew the logo. Once the label got started it quickly became clear that Ebullition would actually be my label rather than all three of ours.
I originally wanted to release the Inside Out LP as the first Ebullition release. Inside Out had agreed to do an LP with Ebullition, but Revelation Records came along and asked them to do a 7" instead. They ended up doing the 7" with Revelation, though it didn't come out until a year later and by that time Inside Out had already broken up, reformed, and changed into a very different band.
I always wonder what would have happened to Ebullition and Inside Out if they had done that LP on Ebullition rather than doing the 7" with Revelation. I still wish Ebullition would have been able to do this release. Incidentally, the Inside Out LP was going to be called Rage Against The Machine, which was a phrase I coined in some writings I did for No Answers #9. Inside Out never managed to release this LP, and Zack ended up using the phrase for the title of his next band.
The second release I wanted to do on Ebullition was by Econochrist. I really wanted to do their Ruination LP. But Ebullition had never done a record, so Econochrist decided to do it with Very Small Records. Later Ebullition would of course put out two Econochrist 7"s and an Econochrist LP along with the Econochrist discography CDx2. Ruination is unfortunately out of print since Very Small Records discontinued most of their back catalog many years ago. I have always wanted to repress that LP since it was one of the first releases I was ever interested in doing, but every attempt at repressing it managed to end in failure.
Finally, Ebullition's first release came out in late 1990. I had been doing No Answers 'zine since 1984 and the ninth issue came with the Downcast 7" (Ebullition #1). We released 3,000 copies of No Answers #9 with the Downcast 7" and after those were sold the 'zine and 7" became separate products. Downcast was the perfect band to start Ebullition with, and while I would have liked to have done those releases with Inside Out and Econochrist, Downcast was certainly the best choice for the start of Ebullition Records.