MP3s to download:
“Face Down” by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (Demo version, before signing to Virgin Records with a gold selling debut)
“These Are The Days” by a new South Carolina band called Red Handed, also signed to Virgin Records. Sounds like a more whiney Foo Fighters. They’re managed by our industry friend Jerrod Wilkins at Gold Mountain Management (Duncan Sheik, Bonnie Raitt).
“Pictures of You” by Hartford, CT band Renata. Hey this is the third band with an ‘R’ that’s been signed to Virgin Records. They’re also signed to Zomba Publishing. Jeff Blue, the guy who signed Linkin Park, developed this band through his production company Blue Ladder.
*All this a Virgin Records America ploy to beef up the true rock department they’ve never had. An unofficial scorecard of their rock success reads: We Are Scientists struck out commercially, The Summer Obsession has done nothing, KORN is not exactly a new breaking act, the unknown band Over It is short on sales, and Ima Robot have not one…but two sluggish sellers since 2003. That leaves the 600,000 selling 30 Seconds To Mars in addition to old timer Lenny Kravitz and The Starting Line, the latter two presently unactive. Note: this report doesn’t include licensed UK acts such as KT Tunstall and Gorillaz.