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Max Bemis Forms Rory Records, Signs Tallhart

Posted by: Alex DiVincenzo (02/16/12)
Say Anything frontman Max Bemis has launched an imprint label on Equal Vision Records called Rory Records. The first signing is Tampa's Tallhart. The band will release an EP produced by Bemis, Tim McTague (of Underoath) and Dean Tidey (of Feeder) in the spring. The first single, "Fever (Sister of Mine)," will be released digitally on March 6th. Read the press release in the replies.
        
 
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07:38 AM on 02/16/12
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Press ReleaseTampa, FL-based band TALLHART has signed to Equal Vision Records. The indie rock quartet is also the first band signed to Rory Records – the newly launched EVR imprint label of Say Anything frontman Max Bemis.

TALLHART (previously known as Marksmen) will release their Equal Vision Records/Rory Records debut EP in Spring 2012. The album was recorded in Tampa, FL with Bemis, Tim McTague (of Underoath), and Dean Tidey (of Feeder) serving as producers.
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Leading the EP will be the track “Fever (Sister Of Mine)”, which will be released on March 6th as a digital single. This album will be the follow-up to two previous self-releases put out under the name Marksmen, The Blue and Grey EP (2010) and their full-length album Sister of Mine (2011).

“They are TALLHART. A brilliant young band from Tampa who can write a stadium rock-level anthem like nobody's business but don't shy away from lovely, dense songwriting. They also put on a sickeningly great live show,” Bemis expounds. “To me, they combine the best elements of early U2, Manchester Orchestra and sort of a young Pearl Jam (that last one is a pretty weird call, but I stand by it): basically, smart and brave music, rich with a swelling, unfiltered feeling. I'll be working closely with them on many aspects of their music and the record, and am extremely excited for the release of their EVR/Rory Records debut EP.”
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TALLHART vocalist Matt Segallos reflects on the new partnership stating, “I feel like EVR has put out genre defining records over the years…so for them to want to work with us is exciting to say the least…and once things became clear that EVR was ready to make this happen, it was cool to see that Max was really on our side.”

He continues, “I just really feel like it's rare for someone of his standing to really fight for an up and coming band because he believes in the music so much. It wasn't like we were long time friends so he threw us a bone he just genuinely wanted to help us take the next step. I'm always thrilled to work with someone like that. Plus, everyone knows how creative Max is; to have him involved in our work is a real pleasure.”

Guitarist Chris Brickman, drummer Reed Murray and bassist Glenn Espinoza collectively create a perfectly balanced musical framework that showcases Segallos’ potent mix of lyrical musings on the light and dark sides of life, love, and spirituality – all delivered through his distinctly soulful, and subtly southern, croons. Through rich guitar tones and pure lyrical eloquence, one can simply feel the sincerity and depth of the band’s emotionally charged music.

The band was named one of Tampa’s “2011 Ultimate Local Artists” by the Tampa Bay Tribune/ St. Pete Times and has shared stages with the diverse likes of Anberlin, Underoath, Panic! At The Disco, Paper Tongues, Rooney, AWOLNATION and more.

TALLHART will be on tour this Spring with indie pop labelmates Eisley from March 8 – April 1 and Say Anything from April 13 – May 3. All upcoming tour dates can be seen below.

DEEP SPACE TOUR
Eisley w/ Christie DuPree and TALLHART
Mar 08 Spokane, WA @ Whitworth University HUB
Mar 11 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
Mar 12 Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
Mar 13 Grand Rapids, MI @ Calvin College
Mar 14 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
Mar 15 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Casino - Wolf Den
Mar 16 Easthampton, MA @ Flywheel Arts Collective
Mar 18 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Mar 19 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
Mar 20 Boston, MA @ The Red Room at Cafe 939
Mar 21 Toronto, ON, CAN @ Drake Underground (CMW)
Mar 22 Niagara Falls, NY @ Hard Rock Cafe
Mar 23 Detroit, MI @ Shelter
Mar 24 Covington, KY @ Bangarang’s
Mar 25 Nashville, TN @ 3rd and Lindsley
Mar 26 Savannah, GA @ Savannah Theatre
Mar 28 Memphis, TN @ High Tone Cafe
Mar 29 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio
Mar 30 Austin, TX @ The Parish
Apr 01 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater

SAY ANARCHY TOUR
Say Anything w/ Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band, Fake Problems, and TALLHART
Apr 13 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theatre
Apr 14 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Apr 15 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
Apr 17 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Apr 18 Richmond, VA @ The National
Apr 20 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
Apr 21 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
Apr 22 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Apr 24 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Apr 25 Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theatre
Apr 27 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
Apr 28 Dallas, TX @ The Door
Apr 29 Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
May 01 Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
May 02 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
May 03 Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
07:43 AM on 02/16/12
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07:45 AM on 02/16/12
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Checking out their tunes on Facebook now. Excited to see how an EP produced by Bemis and company will turn out.
07:46 AM on 02/16/12
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This is interesting
07:50 AM on 02/16/12
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Awesome, they sound pretty cool, and nice logo.
08:22 AM on 02/16/12
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Heard these guys back when they were still Marksmen... good tunes
08:24 AM on 02/16/12
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interesting...
08:31 AM on 02/16/12
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Now people will finally know who the 3rd member of Carrollhood really is...
08:36 AM on 02/16/12
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How exactly do these label within a label things work? Does he get equal vision's money to use? Does he give them money to use the equal vision label? I am confused.
08:46 AM on 02/16/12
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How exactly do these label within a label things work? Does he get equal vision's money to use? Does he give them money to use the equal vision label? I am confused.

My thoughts exactly, the term 'imprint' is thrown around lately but no one seems to know exactly how the business model behind it works.
08:50 AM on 02/16/12
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YES! finally, congrats boys, tampa proves to rule again, first set it off now TALLHART, next "the lion faced boy"
08:51 AM on 02/16/12
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How exactly do these label within a label things work? Does he get equal vision's money to use? Does he give them money to use the equal vision label? I am confused.

My thoughts exactly, the term 'imprint' is thrown around lately but no one seems to know exactly how the business model behind it works.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Record_label#Imprint

Usually it's a name under which other music is released.
08:56 AM on 02/16/12
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Record_label#Imprint

Usually it's a name under which other music is released.
Sp basically Max is just putting his name on the release, but all of the money and promotion is still done by Equal Vision?
09:01 AM on 02/16/12
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He curates the label and produces the records.
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