EMI Music Relaunches I.R.S. Records
June 15, 2011 at 8:19 AM (PT)
EMI MUSIC is to launch the next phase in I.R.S Records’ history with the rebirth of the imprint as a frontline label. I.R.S. will be operated in a new partnership between EMI MUSIC NORTH AMERICA, and CRUSH MANAGEMENT's JONATHAN DANIEL and BOB MCLYNN. Signings to the new I.R.S. will be announced over the coming months, with the first releases expected towards the end of the year.
I.R.S. Records was launched in 1979, and was the home to groundbreaking artists including R.E.M., THE GO-GO's, THE ALARM, THE BUZZCOCKS, JOHN CALE, GENERAL PUBLIC, CONCRETE BLONDE, FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS and WALL OF VOODOO during its 17-year history.
DAN MCCARROLL commented, "We are thrilled to be able to bring back the I.R.S. RECORDS brand, and we believe that EMI and CRUSH will be able to recapture some of the spirit of adventure and excitement that the original label brought with it. JONATHAN and BOB are incredibly talented guys with a real love for music. They believe in genuine partnership, and they’re up there with the smartest in the business. The combination of their team with EMI’s talented global staff will be a real force to be reckoned with."
JONATHAN DANIEL said, "Things sure have changed since mixtapes were made with actual tape. One thing remains true -- we still love rock n roll. We want I.R.S. RECORDS to recapture the spirit of artistic freedom its original groups like R.E.M. represented. To quote the immortal words of JOE STRUMMER, 'the future is unwritten.'"
CRUSH/NASHVILLE's JOHN GRADY added, "I would quote an old ROD STEWART record with 'A nod is a good as a wink to a blind horse.' To follow a theme, I would hope to honor the legacy and the spirit of I.R.S. with the new music we discover."