Break out the national distribution

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Hi-octane rockers The Maynards are hoping Canadians are going to pick them up all over the place now that 2005’s Break Out the Make Out has landed a distribution deal with Scratch Records. The band’s second full-length will also be available internationally via the label’s website.

“We’d gotten in touch with Scratch back when we first released the record and a follow-up email in December sealed the deal,” says bassist Kristina Parlee. “They were impressed with the momentum we had with the album. We had sent it out to radio and done a heap of self promotion and it seemed to have really caught people’s attention. Including Scratch’s I guess!”

The Vancouver-based Scratch distributes records for over 300 labels. Parlee says the fact The Maynards are not on the label, but have distribution with the company, is of benefit to the band.

“To us it seems the best of both worlds. We’ve now got a record that people can buy if they want to, but we’re still our own thing, and we have the freedom to decide where we want to go with this record next…or for that matter with our next record,” she says. “People liked the record, we got good reviews and airplay, we played shows all across the country — having it accessible for people was the final piece of the puzzle.”

As for what’s on the go for the next while, The Maynards — also including guitarist Heath Matheson and drummer Chantal Tardiff — are laying low.

“We’re taking a bit of a break from the road for the next little bit,” says Parlee. “We’ve been working on some new songs and hope to play a few local shows in the next few months before we do some more summer touring.”

ECMays

Matt Mays was tops at the ECMAs in Charlottetown, bringing home four of his five nominations. Included in the band’s haul were nods in the Rock Recording, Group, Single and Record of the Year categories. Fellow Dartmouth lad Joel Plaskett took home both the Artist and Songwriter of the Year awards.

Junofest bets

The highest concentration of music to ever hit Halifax will take place between March 31 and April 1 in 15 local venues. Fifty-two artists were confirmed for JunoFest as of press time: Air Traffic Control, Alpha Yaya Diallo, Amelia Curran Band, Andrew LeDrew Band, Aselin Debison, Bedouin Soundclash, Broken Social Scene, Carmen Townsend & The Shakey Deal, C’mon, Colin Linden, Elliott Brood, Galore, Genticorum, Glamourpuss, Heavy Blinkers, Hedley, Hey Rosetta!, Hot Toddy, Ian Janes, In-Flight Safety, Iron Giant, JP Cormier, Jay Semko, Jill Barber, Jill Porter Band, King Konqueror, Lennie Gallant, Liz Band, Luke Doucet, Matt Mays & El Torpedo, Matthew Barber, Mark Bragg & The Black Wedding Band, Martha Wainwright, Matisyahu, MSTRKRFT, Museum Pieces, Nathan Wiley, Patrick Boyle Quartet, Paul Reddick, The Perpetrators, Pilate, Rock Ranger, Ron Hynes, Ron Sexsmith, Sean Panting Band, Slowcoaster, Steven Bowers, Stabilo, Tanya Tagaq, The Barra MacNeils, The Novaks and The Self Conscious. Wristbands are on sale for $25 on March 4 at 9am at the Metro Centre. Be cautioned, however, as attendance is subject to capacity.

Halifax on parade

Juno Awards weekend will be launched March 30 at Parade Square, featuring a great mix of our most well- known and talented artists, including Garrett Mason, Jimmy Rankin, The Joel Plaskett Emergency, Matt Mays & El Torpedo and The Trews. The free event will take place from 5:30 to 11pm.

who will you go see at the junos? scene@thecoast.ca

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