About this time last year, an EP by a band called The Marble Index came into the Chart office. Now, usually we don’t put too much trust in bands that are completely unknown to us, but when we stuck the EP on our office stereo, every single Chart editor commented on how great it was. We all trucked out to Toronto’s Cameron House a few weeks later to see the band play and promptly declared them “the next big thing.”
Now, we don’t want to say we told you so, but apparently the people at Universal Music Canada liked them just as much as we did. The label just announced that they’ve signed the Hamilton-based band to a worldwide licensing deal.
“This was the easiest decision I ever made,” said Universal A&R director Dave Porter. “The first time I saw them play, I knew I wanted to sign them.”
Since we first saw them in early 2003, The Marble Index (singer/guitaristBrad Germain, drummer Adam Knickle and bass player Ryan Tweedle) have been busy honing their chops. They were a last-minute addition to our Canadian Music Week showcase at Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern last year and have since toured through both Canada and the U.K. Universal plans to release the band’s full-length debut in the next month or two. We’ll keep you posted as more details are announced.