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Razor & Tie, one of the fastest growing independent record labels in the U.S., and The Artery Foundation have entered into a new joint venture, Artery Recordings . Through the partnership, The Artery Foundation will have their own label imprint with Razor & Tie. The Artery Foundation, which is home to such artists as The Devil Wears Prada and Drop Dead, Gorgeous, will continue serve as the A&R arm to find and develop artists while Razor & Tie will provide marketing and distribution for the artists under the venture. Publishing will be administered by Razor & Tie Music Publishing. Salt Lake City-based metal band, Chelsea Grin’s debut full-length album, “Desolation of Eden” will be the venture’s first project to be released on February 16, 2010. This will be followed by the release of “Portraits” on March 16, 2010 from UK-based metalcore band, Bury Tomorrow.
On the direction that Artery Recordings will take, Eric Rushing, founder of the company and the label says, “We believe in developing a band from the ground up like we have all of the bands we manage. What more of a perfect situation if we can put out records as well and have a platform for new bands that we discover. We will concentrate on a small amount of releases per year and keep one of our goals to be a very artist friendly label.”
Cliff Chenfeld, Co-Founder of Razor & Tie added, “We are very excited to get into business with Eric and The Artery Foundation. Eric has an amazing track record of finding and developing quality artists and we expect to help him create additional exposure and opportunities for them.”
Artery label manager Mike Milford says, “I think the great part of our partnership with Razor & Tie is that we have the full strength of a successful label with a proven track history and major distribution while retaining the close personal relationships with our artists. Unlike some labels where artists get lost in the shuffle we will have the opportunity to take every creative idea and concern of our artist and address them with utmost attention and support.”
The Artery Foundation formed in 2004 at which point Rushing had been a successful concert promoter in Sacramento for over fifteen years. He also started a record label called 720 Records which helped to nurture the local music scene for over thirty releases before he stopped to focus on management full time. Rushing recalls “From day one we started Artery it was a full-time operation. Our original roster was The Devil Wears Prada, Drop Dead, Gorgeous, A Day To Remember and Alesana.” Dance Gavin Dance, Attack Attack!, Breathe Carolina and Whitechapel are also currently on the label.