Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group Announce Partnership With Trans, Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie’s New Indie Label

Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group is proud to announce a partnership with Trans Records, Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie’s new label. Walla’s first signing: The Lonely Forest. Based in the small town of Anacortes, WA, The Lonely Forest have taken the northwest by storm behind their independently released album We Sing The Body Electric!. The band’s shows in and around the Seattle and Portland areas have built a rabid fan-base culminating with sold out shows at Seattle’s Showbox Theatre last year and a coveted slot at the northwest’s premiere festival this May, Sasquatch. Walla initially approached the band about producing their next album, but soon decided to create the Trans imprint with ILG to release their records as well.

“I’ve been lucky enough to make records with tons of phenomenal bands, and I’ve considered [starting a label] a number of different times,” Walla tells The Stranger. “I don’t know—is it oversimplified to say it’s them and it just makes sense? This wouldn’t be happening if it weren’t for the Lonely Forest. They’re a phenomenal band. I’ve been following my nose for so many years, doing the things that felt like the right thing to do. And this time the answer was yes.”

The Lonely Forest – John Van Deusen (Vox/Guitar/Piano), Braydn Krueger (Percussion), Eric Sturgeon (Bass), Tony Ruland (Guitar) – is set to record their debut album for Trans with Chris Walla at studios in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland throughout April and May with the album slated for a late summer/early fall release. The band is currently on tour with We Were Promised Jetpacks (dates below) and will be playing a number of shows at SXSW 2010.

Tour Dates:
w/We Were Promised Jetpacks:
26-Feb-10 Los Angeles, CA Troubador
27-Feb-10 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
1-Mar-10 Vancouver, BC The Biltmore
2-Mar-10 Seattle, WA Neumo’s
3-Mar-10 Portland, OR Doug Fir
5-Mar-10 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
6-Mar-10 Denver, CO Hi-Dive
7-Mar-10 Lawerence, KS Jackpot Saloon
8-Mar-10 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
9-Mar-10 Minneapolis, MN Varisity Theater
11-Mar-10 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
12-Mar-10 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
13-Mar-10 Columbus, OH The Summit
14-Mar-10 Indianapolis, IL Radio Radio
15-Mar-10 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House
SXSW:
18-Mar 3pm Paste Galaxy Room 507 E. 6th St
18-Mar 9:30pm Billions Club De Ville
20-Mar 2pm Seattle by SX Beauty Bar
20-Mar 4:50pm Original Audio/Beyond Race Flamingo
Sasquatch Festival
29-May-10 The Gorge, WA Sasquatch Festival

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