THEN DON'T PUT OUT THE RECORD.
There is a difference between the music as an object and the band as people who create the music, and somewhere along the way, ETR really manages to ignore the latter.
If you can't contact the band, don't try to release the record. It's really that simple.
I don't care how hard it is to contact the band. See above.
I could not disagree more. There are so many major label AND non-major label albums that haven't even been pressed (that will never get pressed) to vinyl that I'd love to see pressed. If someone can get in touch with the "owners" of the album (the label), and procure a contract, I say go for it. We as music/vinyl collectors benefit from this. In the case that the band gets in contact with you after you begin the process, and they do not desire you to press it, I say respect their wishes, despite the contract. it sucks, but you have to deal with it.
I really think the whole idea of "don't press it unless you get in touch with the band" is kind of not a solution that can be applied to all situations. Sometimes you need to go down other paths to get the ball rolling, as band members aren't the easiest people to get in touch with.