New Signings: ENOLA, CIVIC Reveal New Deals
Label, Booking Agency, Deals for ENOLA (EXCLUSIVE)
Blistering shows at this year’s BIGSOUND have landed Melbourne post-punk act ENOLA, aka Ruby Marshall, a number of new deals.
One is with U.S. singles label Open Tab via Fire Talk (Cola, Dehd, Mandy Indiana, Wombo), an artist-friendly DIY imprint set up a decade ago by Trevor Peterson of the band Woodsman.
“I came across ENOLA’s debut single and immediately thought there was something both uniquely spectral and fully-formed about it,” says Ruby Hoffman who has multi-roles at the label.
“I feel like their music encapsulates a specific feeling, which is in line with the ethos of Open Tab – to be about more than just a song, and helping build out the artist’s worldview.”
ENOLA has teamed with Australia’s Collective Artists and the U.K.’s ATC Live for bookings.
For Collective Artists’ Rebecca Young, it’s their live appearances that captivate.
“After closely following ENOLA’s progress since their inception, I was absolutely blown away by their most recent performances in Melbourne and at the BIGSOUND conference in Brisbane.
“I believe ENOLA’s captivating live show is their strongest asset and am thrilled to be part of the team moving forward.”
The three new partners join the Australian-based team of Our Golden Friend as their label (rest of the world) and management (global).
Our Golden Friend owner and director Lorrae McKenna reckons, “We are super excited about the incredible international team that has started to form around ENOLA at such an early stage in their career progression and we can’t wait to see what is to come for them in 2023!”
Ethan Harvey of Our Golden Friend who acts as their manager recalls that from the start, “I knew there was a wealth of opportunity for growth that would lie within that working partnership for Ruby, and those opportunities are starting to blossom.”
Harvey has followed Fire Talk for a long time, “They work with a lot of my favourite bands so this was a no brainer for us really, Ruby (Hoffman) and Trevor have been really cool to work with on this new single.”
He attributes the two booking deals to the QMusic team for giving ENOLA the platform to boast their incredible live show at BIGSOUND earlier this year.
“Bec (Collective artists) & Roxane (ATC) are really passionate about ENOLA and we’re thankful to be working with them both on the project.
“A lot of exciting things are happening right now for ENOLA, and we’re looking forward to seeing these developments really help foster their growth even further.”
On November 9 comes new single “Metal Body”, which vents resentment and disappointment about failing healthcare systems.
ENOLA shares, “Sonically I leant into 90’s grunge and shoegaze as influences for this track, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine & Pixies, to name a few.”
The single follows “Strange Comfort” which received overseas airplay, and of which Steve Lamacq of BBC Radio 6 called, “Probably the best of the post-punk records to reach us from Australia in awhile.”
CIVIC at Cooking Vinyl Australia
Melbourne five-piece CIVIC is the latest addition to the Cooking Vinyl Australia roster.
Their debut album for the label, “Taken By Force” is due February 10.
It was recorded in the Castlemaine, Victoria, countryside with Radio Birdman frontman Rob Younger producing, and mixed and mastered by Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current, Sonny & the Sunsets).
Lead-off single “End of The Line” is out already, with a video helmed by filmmaker James Gorter.
“I wrote that song about a solo trip I took around Europe in my early 20s, and the anxiety of realizing I had no one to protect me but myself,” explains singer Jim McCullough.
“It’s about the realization of your own mortality, and finding peace in a chaotic moment you have no control over.”
Formed in 2017, CIVIC released their debut EP “New Vietnam” in 2018, with their debut album “Future Forecast” leading to deal with ATO Records in late 2021.
To celebrate the release of” End Of The Line”, the band does a string of shows in November and December.