Friday, January 06, 2006

John Kirtland, His Record Label and a Bush Reunion?

Former Deep Blue Something drummer John Kirtland founded his own record label in 2003, and it has really taken off. Modeling the formulas fellow indie/progressive labels Wind-Up and Roadrunner Records implemented, Kirtland's self-titled record company has signed such explosive newcomers as the Burden Brothers, the Pat McGee Band and Bril.

Kirtland's entreprenurial saavy has even allowed him to acquire the multi-platinum-selling Bush catalog. And when questioned about the status of the post-grunge band, Kirtland says via

[A]s soon as Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale wraps up work with his side-project band, Institute, the four members will reunite to record two new songs to be included in a greatest-hits disc Kirtland should release sometime this year.

But whether or not Bush does reunite, Kirtland isn't too concerned. With a steady eye towards the future both Bush and Deep Blue Something stand for the past. His label prides itself on diversifying its content and not relying too much on emulating the hot sound of the day. Instead, the Dallas-based Kirtland Records chooses its artists the old-fashioned way---through the quality-assured process of hand-picking its acts.

For those interested in hearing one of Kirtland Records' bands, here is the title track off of Bril's forthcoming album Airless Alarm:

Bril - 'Airless Alarm'

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