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Beloved indie rocker, Ben Kweller, has joined forces with longtime manager/industry veteran, Kevin Wommack. In addition to helming Kweller’s diverse career, Wommack will also serve as President of Kweller’s record label, The Noise Company.
“Ben is an extremely creative artist with great vision and energy. I’m thrilled to be on the team,” says Wommack.
“I’ve never been so excited about the future before,” Kweller says with a smile. “For the past five years, Liz (Kweller) and I have been handling all the business stuff on our own. I wouldn’t give that time and experience up for anything, but I felt it was time to hand over the keys. Kevin magically appeared at this crazy-perfect time. I’m in a special place right now ’cause the only thing I have to focus on is making music.”
Just making music seems to be a rare luxury for musicians these days. At a time when bands are expected to worry about so much more than the lone task of making good art, Kweller is proud to once again embrace who he really is. “I’m an Artist. That’s what I am. No way around it. Yeah, the record nerd in me enjoys brainstorming marketing ideas or thinking about new ways to release music through Noise Co, but I don’t want to run it. I can’t run it.”
To help run it, Wommack has filled out the Noise Co staff with the addition of Mary Jurey and Emmy Black, both of whom have record label expertise, working for New West Records and Bar None Records, respectively. The Noise Company, which has distribution through Warner’s Alternative Distribution Alliance, recently signed indie band, Wild Child, who recently won two Austin Music Awards. Wild Child come bearing a shiny, new album entitled The Runaround which is set for release October 8, 2013. The Runaround was produced by Kweller and encapsulates Wild Child’s “big without guitars” signature sound. Starting tomorrow, August 27, fans will be able to pre-order The Runaround on iTunes. All pre-orders include an instant download of the band’s first single, “Crazy Bird.”
Relieved now of managing an entire career on his own, Kweller sits happily in his south Austin studio, surrounded by vintage gear and lyric-scrawled notebooks. “I always think about something Evan Dando used to say to me about everything. ‘Dude! There’s songs in there!’ I agree. No matter what happens, no matter where I’ve been, no matter where I go, there’s songs in there. That’s what I care about –the songs. It really is all about the music.”