Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Airborne Toxic Event signs with Majordomo Records

In the midst of my interview with The Airborne Toxic Event comes confirmation of the "label-whose-name-shall-not-be-spoken" (heh). Full-length record slated for July release.

The Airborne Toxic Event Signs with Majordomo Records

The Airborne Toxic Event, whose danceable, literate rock-noir captured the fancy of L.A. audiences (and radio programmers) over the last year, has signed with Majordomo Records, the indie imprint affiliated with the burgeoning reissue/DVD label Shout! Factory.

The Los Feliz-based quintet, which will release its debut album, “The Airborne Toxic Event,” on July 15, becomes Majordomo’s second signing. The label debuted in August when it released Earlimart’s fourth album, “Mentor Tormentor”; on July 1, the label will release Earlimart’s follow-up, “Hymn and Her.” Although Majordomo is new to the new-release business, its products have major-label distribution through Sony BMG.

“At the end it just felt like Majordomo were the smartest kids on the block,” says Airborne frontman Mikel Jollett, whose band was courted by labels big and small. “You look at it, and you think it’s a new venture, but there is a lot of experience in that room. … They came in with the smartest, most aggressive offer.”

Airborne’s album was made in the Eagle Rock studio of fledgling producer Pete Min, a friend of the band. It will include reworked versions of the three songs on the band’s self-released EP, as well as the single “Sometime Around Midnight,” which vaulted into regular rotation at radio outlets such as KROQ-FM (106.7) and Indie 103.1 (KDLD-FM).

The band has been slotted to perform on “Last Call With Carson Daly” on Tuesday, and has several festival dates lined up for the summer.

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