Alarma! Records and Tapes was originally formed in 1983 by the band Daniel Amos, with musician Tom Howard, for the release of their Doppelgänger album. The name of the label comes from the band's 1981 album ¡Alarma! and the series of four albums that were part of The ¡Alarma! Chronicles.
It was later reformed by the Frontline Music Group in the late 1980s.