New Signings Spree

New Signings Spree
The last week has seen quite a few new signings. They go a little something like this:

Beggars Banquet has rescued the Long Blondes' Someone To Drive You Home from an import-only fate. Released in Europe last year on Rough Trade, the North American version of the stylish, Sheffield post-punk outfit's debut album will feature four bonus tracks as well as the video for "Once and Never Again." North American tours are rumoured for both June and September.

Aussie orch-pop six-piece Architecture in Helsinki are now signed to Polyvinyl, having left Bar/None. They will release a new single called "Heart It Races" on June 5 that is backed by remixes by DJ/Rupture, Yacht. and Dr. Dog. Their third full-length, titled Places Like This will follow on August 7. The band have announced a North American tour for June that is currently only making one stop in Canada on June 14 at Richards On Richards, with support coming from Yacht.

Merge Records has announced it has inked a deal with Dundas, ON's own Caribou, aka Dan Snaith and formerly Manitoba. The psychelectronic wiz is gearing up for the release of his fourth album, Andorra, which will hit stores on August 21. Snaith reportedly wrote, recorded and performed the entire album himself, with the exception of "She's the One," which features co-written lyrics and guest vocals by his bud Jeremy Greenspan (Junior Boys).

Swedish power pop outfit Shout Out Louds have also found the comforts of Merge, having left EMI. Their follow-up to 2004's Howl Howl Gaff Gaff , entitled Out Ill Wills will hit our shores on September 11. It will first see light of day in their native Sweden via the Bud Fox label, which has it scheduled to drop on April 25. Produced by Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn & John fame, the album's first single will be called "Tonight I Have To Leave It."

Sub Pop has gone and signed a pair of acts formed from the ashes of Seattle-based indie rockers Carissa's Wierd. Grand Archives, featuring Mat Brooke the ex-co-vocalist for CW, and ex-CW drummer Sera Cahoone (who will work under her name as a solo artist), will join the label's roster that also includes Band of Horses, which Brooke co-founded with ex-CW member Ben Bridwell. To make matters more confusing Cahoone also made an appearance on Band of Horses' Everything All the Time. Got all that? Neither Grand Archives or Cahoone have release dates in the forecast.

Finally, on a heavier note, Deathwish Inc. has announced the signing of both Trap Them and Pulling Teeth. Having just released their latest album Sleepwell Deconstructor on Trash Art, the New England grind punks will follow that up with a Kurt Ballou-produced EP titled Seance Prime for their Deathwish debut. Meanwhile hardcore metallers Pulling Teeth are currently working on their debut for their new label, which is set to follow-up last year's Vicious Skin (Chainsaw Safety).