Sunderland outfit The Futureheads, originally signed to 679/Warner, are once again a true indie band in the UK. Mostly known for their punk rock cover of Kate Bush’s “Hounds of Love”, worldwide career sales of 250,000 should keep their deal with U.S. distributor Vagrant intact.
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The ear piercing electrorave, amero-hardcore of Hertfordshire UK’s Enter Shikari led to a November 4 sold out show at London’s Astoria (capacity 2000). This left of center fury is rumored to be catapulting Shikari from their underground indie mass up into deeper pockets despite reports to the contrary. Shikari and UK rockers The Darkness share the intimate feat of both selling out the Astoria as unsigned artists.
Passenger, hailing from Brighton, features 21 year old songwriter Mike Rosenberg. Previously posted here under the moniker MRB, these fellas are prepping their ’07 debut under the guidance of IE Music Management who just scored another #1 debut with main superstar client Robbie Williams (IE also reps Astralwerks artist Sia). Albeit there are no major label venture plans in the UK or U.S. at the moment, there’s been a strong reaction from several Universal, Warner and Sony-BMG affiliates on both sides of the pond. Passenger’s new folk pop is not unlike Ben Harper, Cat Stevens, Dave Matthews, David Gray, Damien Rice, Joseph Arthur, Simon & Garfunkel and Dido. A finished indie full length includes the songs “Wicked Man’s Rest” and “Things You’ve Never Done”. Shows in London on 11/16 and 11/28.
Brit Remi Nicole is said to have one label offer in while mulling over which reputable manager to sign with. You like the hip, urban pop of Lily Allen or even the lighter side of M.I.A.? This may fall in their wake. Ames, Iowa band The Envy Corps is currently recording for the Mercury/Universal UK label. For fans of Modest Mouse, James, The Killers. As it were, they use manager Robert Reynolds (The Killers). *Update: Remi Nicole reportedly signed with Colin Lester at Wildlife Management (Travis, Craig David).