Nettwerk Music Group (Nettwerk) announced today that it has acquired Robot of the Century Music, an independent music publisher founded out of Roadrunner Records, the pre-eminent worldwide rock label, by its former chairman Cees Wessels.
Under the acquisition, Nettwerk’s teams throughout North America and Europe will work directly with the songwriters on the Robot of the Century roster, which includes such marquee rock artists/songwriters as Young The Giant, Black Stone Cherry, Jesse Leach (of Killswitch Engage) and Trivium.
Nettwerk President/COO Simon Mortimer-Lamb says, “We are very excited to welcome the Robot of the Century roster of artists and songwriters to Nettwerk. They have established themselves as some of the best in their genre and have achieved a global reach. We look forward to utilizing our teams throughout the world to ensure their continued growth and success.”
Canada’s Current Swell are excited to announce U.S. headlining dates this winter. The rock band, who are already set for a spring tour with Cat Empire, will launch the solo leg on February 16th in the D.C area. The new dates will bring them to Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Denver, St. Louis and numerous other midwestern cities before ending on March 4th in Nashville, TN. The North American tour with Australian band Cat Empire will begin a month later in Canada and will bring the band back to the U.S. to play several major cities on the East and West Coast in April. A full list of dates is below.
Current Swell released their latest album Ulysses, the “best record of their career” (Pittsburgh In Tune), on May 6, 2014. The album was produced by Nathan Sabatino (Dr. Dog, Neko Case, Giant Stand) at Vancouver’s iconic Greenhouse Studios. Ulysses landed at #1 on the Rock iTunes chart, #10 on the Alternative Albums Chart and a career high Top 50 debut on the Top 200 chart in Canada. The latest single “Rollin’” was recently the #1 most added track at Alternative Rock Radio and is now #11, in the competitive format’s Top 30 chart.
This year marks Nettwerk Music Group’s 30th Anniversary, and the Vancouver-born turned international Label, Management and Publishing Company will be celebrating throughout the year, starting with the release of a covers compilation called From Cover To Cover: 30 Years At Nettwerk. The full album is streaming now exclusively at PasteMagazine.com (here: http://bit.ly/15uBGxu).
Out January 27, From Cover To Cover: 30 Years At Nettwerk features current Nettwerk artists covering popular songs from the company’s rich and diverse history. Madi Diaz brings an electro-pop vibe to “You, Me & The Bourgeoisie” from fellow LA indie band The Submarines, UK-duo Coves give Angus & Julia Stone’s “Big Jet Plane” a psychedelic and haunting spin, and Radical Face strips the industrial from Skinny Puppy’s “Assimilate” for a surprisingly beautiful yet still powerful take on the track. Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel,” The Weepies “World Spins Madly On,” Coldplay’s “Shiver” and “Yellow” and a slew of others also appear in a new form (full track list below).
Nettwerk Music Group is thrilled to announce the signing of Australia’s multi-instrumentalist Xavier Rudd to its label roster.
"It’s very exciting to have the opportunity to work with an artist whose musical and spiritual values match that of my own. We look forward to helping Xavier get his message out,” says CEO of Nettwerk Music Group, Terry McBride.
On March 17, Rudd will release Nanna, a career-defining album that puts the once solo artist on his feet, playing guitar center stage, as he fronts Xavier Rudd & The United Nations - a one-people musical force. In the past, Rudd’s onstage one-man-band setup included a half-dozen guitar choices, three didgeridoos and various styles of native drum. With the release of Nanna, Rudd explores the next chapter in his extensive career...the role of frontman, amidst some of the best players in the world. Featuring guitar, bass, drums, percussion, keys, horns, flute and backing vocals, the aptly titled Xavier Rudd & The United Nations brings together musicians from all corners of the globe, representing the diverse cultures of Australia, Indigenous Australia, South Africa, Samoa, Germany and Papua New Guinea. The band is symbolic of the message that all people of the world can come together, respect the ancient ways and return to spirit.
"This is an important year on many levels. I'm excited to be working with Nettwerk in bringing this special album to the world; an album that's been a long, long time coming,” says Rudd.
Family Of The Year partnered with BuzzFeed to shares the new music video for the band’s standout track "Hero." Featured in the Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe winning film Boyhood, the film trailer and the official soundtrack, “Hero” has been cut to footage from the groundbreaking masterpiece to create an official music video that represents the power of both the film and the song. Joe Keefe (lead vocals, guitars) recently sat down with the New York Post to discuss the song, the band and their relationship to the film.
With their Billboard radio chart debut, Family Of The Year saw "Hero" reach #1 on the Triple A Top 30 Radio Chart, sitting Top 5 for a record-breaking four months. “Hero” also landed Top 10 at Alternative Radio. With the release of Loma Vista, Family Of The Year performed “Hero” on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, CONAN and Last Call With Carson Daly. Also, MTV2 added Family Of The Year to “Artist To Watch” and USA Today featured the band in their “On The Verge” column. All this follows other emerging artist features with Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, Amazon, Interview Magazine, Paste, SonicBids and more. Formed in 2009, Family Of The Year is Joe Keefe (lead vocals, guitars), Sebastian Keefe (drums, vocals), James Buckey (guitars, vocals) and Christina Schroeter (keyboards, vocals).
Nettwerk Records is pleased to announce the signing of ARCHIS, the artistic pairing of singer/songwriter Dia Frampton and Joseph Trapanese, a film composer and conductor known for his collaborations with Daft Punk on the Tron score and M83 on the score for Oblivion, as well as arrangements for artists like Kelly Clarkson, Active Child and Zedd.
Other artists have performed their albums with the backing of a symphonic orchestra, but few have written songs with the sole intent to merge the rich, textured instrumentation of horns and strings to pop vocals. The initial product of this novel concept, a self-titled, six-song EP to be released by Nettwerk Records on February 23, starts off with “Blood,” a declaration of intent for Frampton, who has already experienced a lifetime in the music business, but is finally feeling the personal fulfillment of doing what she wants.
"successfully updated sound... with just the right amount of synthesized ambience, clever percussion, unexpected addenda and a touch of old-school rock” – The Wall Street Journal
"dark edge and brooding sense of romance” - Vice Noisey
"From twin acoustic guitars and bongos to the frantic beats and crawling synthesizers heard on the track." – TIME
“[Guster] delivers a new, more mature sound, yet retains a melodic quality and sexy vibe” – KCRW “Top Tune”
"Winsome" – USA Today
“Dynamic” – Mashable
Today, Guster release their latest studio album, Evermotion, via Nettwerk/Ocho Mule. The album, produced by The Shins’ keyboardist and The Black Keys’ touring bassist Richard Swift, offers up the quartet’s most experimental instrumentation and layered arrangements to date. Evermotion is now streaming in full via Spotify.
This week, Boston’s mayor Marty Walsh declares January 15 “Guster Day” in honor of the band’s local roots where they formed as Tufts freshmen, along with their commitment to the environment and public service. On the 15th, the band will perform busking sets at various undisclosed locations around Boston, concluding with a performance at the Greenovate Boston 2014 Climate Action Plan Launch Celebration at the Artists For Humanity’s EpiCenter.
Nettwerk is proud to be associated with two 2015 Golden Globe Winners. Boyhood received awards for Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Director (Richard Linklater) and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette). With each win, the audience was treated to the sound “Hero” from Nettwerk’s own Family Of The Year, which is featured both in the film and on the official soundtrack.
Additionally, Julianne Moore won the award for Best Actress Drama for the film Still Alice. Nettwerk will release the Still Alice Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on January 13th, featuring an original score by acclaimed British composer Ilan Eshkeri (The Young Victoria, Stardust), as well as a cover of Lyle Lovett’s “If I Had A Boat” by British musician Karen Elson. Listen to music cues from the soundtrack here: http://bit.ly/1zL61kj.
Canada’s Current Swell announce a run of Spring tour dates with Cat Empire, starting in Vancouver, BC on April 3 at Commodore and wrapping on April 25 in Honolulu, HI. A full list of dates is below.
"We always love hitting the road to play live and especially excited to head south with The Cat Empire and share new music with our fans," says bandmember Scott Stanton.
The band will return to the States to perform songs from their latest effort Ulysses, the “best record of their career” (Pittsburgh In Tune). Current Swell’s undeniable energy has taken their native Canada by storm, landing the band at #1 on the Rock iTunes chart, #10 on the Alternative Albums Chart and a career high Top 50 debut on the Top 200 chart. The latest single “Rollin’” was recently the #1 most added track at Alternative Rock Radio and is now #18, in the competitive format's Top 30 chart.
Baeble Music filmed Royal Canoe's full performance at Stage 48 in New York City on November 5, 2014. The Canadian synth-pop group performed songs off of their latest album, Today We're Believers. Watch the video HERE.