Cartel (Militia Group) has signed a deal with Epic Records, Sire Records signed Armor for Sleep, and rumors claim that Interscope signed Interpol. Is Interpol a good signing? Hard to tell because the track record is sketchy. Sure they sold 400k+ records butÂ the sales were mainly due to designer press. I can’t say the the songs speak for themselves. Jimmy Iovine (Interscope) is only interested in reaching the critical masses, which is the ultimate goal for any major record label president. As I said, the track record is volatile and I really don’t think Interpol can craft those type of songs that will convince 700,000+ music buyers. You never know, but based on the probabilities,Â I’m not placing any bets.
These indie-gone-major bands can go one of three ways.
1. the band changes their sound to hit mass appeal
2. the band doesnâ€™t change their sound, flops and gets dropped
3. the band picks up a ton of steam but resents their new major for the way theyâ€™re portrayed and then jumps ship to go back to an indie, taking all their record buying fans with them
I only mention #3 because I recently spoke to one of these types of bands and they hinted that this was in their future. Given how well this band sells, it should be interesting. Canâ€™t say I blame labels for trying to cash in on what is already selling (or being hyped)â€¦.but find your own bands.Â Â Â Â source: coolfer