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Exploding Plastic Records, The New Sub-Label From Idol Records, Names Little Black Dress As Its First Signee

Just about a month ago, we first passed along word of the creation of Exploding Plastic Records, the new Idol Records sub-label that plans to focus primarily on putting out records from a more artsy crop of artists than Idol normally backs.

And, today, the label has confirmed what sub-label head Dylan Silvers (of The Crash That Took Me) had hinted to us on the down-low a few weeks back: The label's first signing is Toby Pipes' (of Deep Blue Something) and Nolan Thies' (who collaborated with Pipes in The Hundred Inevitables) latest project, the shoegaze-y Little Black Dress, who shared a bill with TCTTM, Radiant and Centro-matic at the Sons of Hermann Toys For Tots show a few weeks back.

Pipes and Thies share vocal duties in the project and are backed by Brent Elrod (guitars), Earl Darling (drums), Cooper Heffley (electric drums/keys) and Taylor Tatsch (guitars). The band's debut release is slated for a March release.

Full press release after the jump. --Pete Freedman

"The new Idol Records imprint Exploding Plastic Records has signed its first artist Little Black Dress.

Little Black Dress is the brainchild of veteran Dallas musicians Toby Pipes and Nolan Thies. The two have collaborated on the writing, engineering and producing of all the cuts that will appear on their upcoming Exploding Plastic / Idol debut album in 2009. Their unique sound might remind you of a deep-cut track from one of your favorite 4 A.D. compilations with influences spanning decades of innovative music - from synth driven sounds of Cabaret Voltaire, to the droning but noisy guitars and under-stated vocals of My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus and Mary Chain, to the layered melodic swirling of the Cocteau Twins.

Along with Toby (vocals, guitars) and Nolan (vocals, bass), Little Black Dress is backed by Brent Elrod (guitars), Earl Darling (drums), Cooper Heffley (electric drums/keys) and Taylor Tatsch (guitars).

The band is currently wrapping up production on the album at Toby Pipes' Bass Propulsion Labs Studio in Dallas with Pipes and Thies producing, for a March 2009 release."

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Pete Freedman
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