IN STORES THIS WEEK!
The Brunettes have happily announced that, after years of scraping together change from under the couch cushions, touring in borrowed vans, pasting up their own photocopied posters, playing shows without monitors or sound people, driving all night and sleeping on floors - they have finally signed a record deal with a US reord label - Sub Pop Records, no less.
The legendary Seattle-based label's current roster includes some of the major names in American indie pop music today, including the Shins, the Postal Service, Sleater-Kinney and Wolf Parade.
Jonathan Poneman of Sub Pop Records says: "Having shimmied, curtsied and barnstormed their way into the hearts of North America, I was left no choice but to sign The Brunettes. That's not to say that I am anything less than overjoyed. I am, in fact, thrilled! But it's their unerring ability to captivate, both on stage and in the studio, that inspired me to purchase their souls. Oh, I mean that inspired me to sign 'em to Sub Pop. Seriously though: I'm so excited to be working with The Brunettes. These youngsters know how to - in the words of a beloved pop band from my youth - shake some action!"
Currently Jonathan Bree and Heather Mansfield are recording the new album in the New York. Following the Brunettes extensive US tours earlier this year they have remained there and will return to New Zealand in summer when the Brunettes will play The Big Day Out as well as tour Australia.
In March 2006 with the recording complete they will return to North America and tour there as much as possible.
The Brunettes' first release on Sub Pop Records will be their third album and it will be available in the US in August 2006. The Brunettes earlier recordings 'Holding Hands, Feeding Ducks' (2002), 'The Boyracer' EP (2003), 'Mars Loves Venus', (2004) and their latest EP 'When Ice Met Cream' (2005) will also be available in North America through Sub Pop Records.