I just looked at Beat/InPress. Next Friday, the 30th, New Buffalo is/are playing at the Rob Roy, at the same time as Minimum Chips are playing at the Ding Dong Lounge, supported by Baseball (that's Cameron Potts' other band). Decisions, decisions...
New Buffalo are signed to 4AD? Their EP was out through Modular, and I thought they signed to Heavenly in the UK.
(4AD were a good label, though they haven't released many brilliant things since the mid-1990s or so. I thought on various occasions that had (brilliant underrated band) been signed by 4AD instead of (incompetent/mainstream label), they might have gained the recognition/success they so richly deserved.)
No she hasn't signed to 4AD, they just received a demo from her. As far as I'm aware, Sally Russell (ie. New Buffalo) received some sort of scholarship thing from EMI and they released her EP. I have a feeling it wasn't a long term contract... Not sure what her label situation is in Australia now but I guess it looks like she's trying to get some overseas interest...
Her EP was on Modular (Steve Pavlovic's label), who aren't actually part of EMI, and have now shifted their distribution to Universal. I certainly hope she's not signed to EMI, given their tendency to release Deliberately Defective compact discs.
Btw, any idea where Heavenly come into this? Did they release About Last Night in the UK as a one-off?
Modular was an EMI label though wasn't it? At least I'm pretty sure it was when she released About Last Night. And she supported Ed Harcourt (EMI/Heavenly) last year and was also doing some photography work with one of EMI's Melbourne promotions guys... That's all I know though!
And yeah, Heavenly released the EP in the UK... not sure what the contract with them was though...
They were distributed by EMI, but not owned by them. They may have been started as a joint venture of some sort, in which case Pavlovic would have bought out EMI's share or somesuch. And they seemed to have enough control of their releases to opt out of the whole "Copy Controlled" thing, which most if not all other EMI-distributed labels (such as David Bridie's Blunt) were stuck with.
Mind you, Minimum Chips and Baseball haven't gigged much lately either. Though Baseball are playing the following night, and the Chips did play a few months ago.
But yes, I'm leaning towards New Buffalo as well.