They've spent the past couple of years working their orchestral Indie Pop magic to music fans and the music industry around the country and now Bad Veins finally has a record label home. Leaked a couple of days ago via Twitter, drummer Sebastien Schultz confirms that Bad Veins are soon to become Dangerbird Records recording artists.—- (The deal is in place; papers just need to be finalized.)
About a year ago, CityBeat ran an extensive cover story on the band (read it here), in which they talked about their tireless work ethic and attempts to secure a label deal in a time of uncertainty in the industry. Despite earning numerous accolades from music publishers, festivals, blogs and other music-related endeavors, the band felt people at labels were still waiting for them to prove themselves. "We could make a list of at least 12 labels that got in touch with us and then disappeared," singer/guitarist Ben Davis said at the time. "Literally no explanation."
Now that those days are over, Schultz says he's thrilled to have a"360 deal" (meaning the label helps with tour support, distribution and other facets of their career) with Dangerbird. "They are totally on board, which is awesome," Schultz says. "They are a really good fit for us. They have the mindset of an indie label, but the professional savvy and resources of a major."
Dangerbird is home to rising Indie stars like The Dears and Sea Wolf, as well as Sliversun Pickups, whose mainstream success helped the label ink a deal with Warner Bros./Sire for distribution. That means when the debut Bad Veins album is released (Schultz says everyone involved is pushing for a summer release date), it'll be in stores from Best Buy and Target to Shake It and other indie retailers.
Schultz says the label has given them quite a bit of creative control, allowing the band to have a hand in special editions of their releases (vinyl is almost a certainty) and some other cool merch ideas.
Bad Veins have two shows coming up before they travel back to South By Southwest in Austin later in March. On March 4, they open for Annuals at the Southgate House. Then, on March 6, the group headlines a SXSW send-off show at the Mad Hatter in Covington, performing with first-time SXSWers, The Seedy Seeds.