More Aussies Sign Overseas Deals

Sony Music Entertainment Australia and RCA Records USA announced Sept. 1 a world deal with electronic music duo Peking Duk

The act’s club smash “High” was a Top 5 mainstream hit. A 12-date run in August was a sellout. Managed by Ben Dennis of Myriad Management, the act played South By Southwest, San Francisco’s Ruby Skye and Miami’s WMC this year. More international dates are to be announced, Sony Music said.

The duo Holy Holy, who met while teaching English in Southeast Asia, signed with The Agency Group. Rob Zifarelli handles them for North America and Oliver Ward and Ed Stringfellow for the UK and Europe.

Following dates through the UK and Europe including the Warped tour, Nuclear Blast Entertainment signed three-guitar metal band Aversions Crown to a world deal for their album Tyrant.

A self-funded, 33-show, 13-country tour with Skid Row and Ugly Kid Joe landed metal band Dead City Ruins a global deal with Germany’s Metalville Records. Their self-titled album, made with U.S. producer James Lugo, gets a world release Oct. 24 after which they return to play Europe.

The European release has a bonus track, a cover of AC/DC’s “Rock ’n’ Roll Damnation” with a guest appearance by Ugly Kid Joe’s Whitfield Crane.

Apes signed with UK agency 13 Artists, joining Arctic MonkeysBloc PartyThe Stone Roses and Radiohead. The act, whose singles “Helluva Time” and “Pull The Trigger” received UK radio support, plays the UK Oct. 1-4. Sydney’s Spookyland, which recently scored a U.S. record deal with Canvasback, finalised UK/European distribution with Play It Again Sam. The act will play London and Europe after dates in Los Angeles and New York. 

Guitar pop outfit Twerps struck a global deal with North Carolina-based Merge Records – home to Arcade FireSpoon and Caribou, as well as Twerps personal favourite acts The Clean and Teenage Fanclub.