Wind-up Entertainment and the rock band Cartel have entered in to a number of agreements. The bandâ€™s future recordings will be released by Wind-up Records. Additionally, the sale of all Cartel merchandise at on-line, retail, and touring points of sale will be handled by Wind-up Entertainmentâ€™s Pronto Merch. Lastly, Cartel has entered in to an agreement with Wind-up Artist Development Corporation, Inc.
The Atlanta-based quintet, featuring Will Pugh (Vocals / Guitar), Joseph Pepper (Guitar), Nic Hudson (Guitar), Jeff Lett (Bass) and Kevin Sanders (Drums), self-released their first EP titled RANSOM in March, 2004. A deal with the Militia Group followed, and the CHROMA album was issued in 2005. Epic Records re-released the title in the summer of 2006, delivering a significant groundswell. The bandâ€™s self-titled follow-up CARTEL followed in 2007. The band parted ways with the major label, opening the door for this alliance with Wind-up Entertainment.
Wind-up Entertainment President Ed Vetri shared, â€œIn the continuing evolution of the music industry, Wind-up has been and continues to be a leader in developing a business model that forms true artist partnerships and provides for long term development. We believe that bands like Cartel, and deals like this, are the future of this business. We are excited to begin working with a group that has proven hard work, great songwriting, and a commitment to touring provides the basis for a long term career. We are excited to be in business with Cartel, and look forward to building on their already sizeable fan base.â€
Cartel front man Will Pugh enthusiastically commented, â€œWe are very excited to announce that we have signed with Wind-up Records. The overwhelmingly positive familial atmosphere of the label has us looking forward to what is certain to be a lasting and successful relationship. We’re extremely eager to begin this new chapter in the life of Cartel. All five of us sincerely appreciate and thank our fans for their continuous heartfelt support throughout the lifetime of the band, especially over the last nine months or so. With a new label home firmly secured and fresh winds filling our sails we foresee bigger and better opportunities for us to continue to grow and thrive as a band, while building off the same foundational elements that we have always embraced: hard work, endless touring, good vibes and fantastic fan-friendly relations.”
Cartel is currently working on the repertoire for their third album, and will enter the studio in the coming months. The release is planned for early 2009. Cartel will be co-headlining The Crocs Next Step Campus Tour August 29 through September 26 with Yung Joc (dates subject to change).