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Eisley Announces Plans For Third Full-Length, Due Out March 2011 on Equal Vision Records

Chris Phelps
After an eight-year run at Warner Bros., Tyler's Eisley will now call Equal Vision Records home.
Today, after a two-year battle with Warner Bros. Records, Eisley, the Tyler-based, indie rock family band, is moving forward with plans to release their long-awaited third record. And, for the first time in their career it will come on an indie label, as the band tells DC9 that its new record will see release on the New York-based Equal Vision Records in March 2011.

It's a bit of an odd fit for Eisley, whose fairy tale indie pop will be at odds with the label's mostly emo roster, but, after a disappointing eight-year run with Warner Bros. + Reprise Records, during which the band released two full-length records and seven EPs, the band appears mostly happy just to be out of the major label rigmarole.

"When Equal Vision Records came and approached us, they came down to Tyler to hang out with us, which is amazing," singer and guitarist Sherri DuPree-Bemis tells DC9 over the phone from Eisley's tour bus. "And that was different. I mean, no one from Warner Bros. ever came down to hang out with us, get to know us, and talk about the record with us."

More details on the upcoming release after the jump.

The change in label homes has been a long time coming for the band, which had been fighting for release from Warner Bros. since the 2007 release of its sophomore full-length, Combinations.

"I definitely feel like they held us back, because when you're on a major label, you count on them to promote your record and get your music out there," DuPree-Bemis says. "When you're counting on a big company to do that for you, and that's their job, and they don't do it, it does end up hurting your career." 

But, she says, the label begged them to stay and promised them that they would get more attention on a new deal with Sire Records, a subsidiary of Warner Brothers. So the band agreed to stay on, and began recording their third record. When it was complete, though, the disc's reception at Sire Records was more than disappointing.

"They didn't get it," says DuPree-Bemis. "[Our A&R guy] told us 'I don't think this label's going to work for you like you need. If you guys want to get off the label, I think you should.'"

But the label wouldn't let them have the songs recorded for that effort.

"We lost another year, basically, just waiting, and trying, and fighting to get the record from them," DuPree-Bemis says. "We finally got on good terms. We finally got the record, and we're going to put it out on Equal Vision Records."

As for the new record's name?

"It might be called The Valley after one of the songs," says DuPree-Bemis. "It seems to fit the theme of the record--what we've been through as a band."

Keep an eye out for am upcoming profile on the band and its recent label struggles in an upcoming issue of the Observer, as the band continues its nationwide tour, which wraps up in Dallas on Saturday, November 27, at The Loft.

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