Portland OR band Defeat the Low is happy to announce that they’ve signed to Rise Records. That’s pretty impressive, given that the label is one of the more successful metal labels out there, with a small staff and a roster that includes mega-sellers like Of Mice & Men and Memphis May Fire. Interestingly enough, the band’s rhythm guitarist, Craig Ericson, is also the owner of Rise Records. We’re not begrudging the band or the label, though. Epitaph Records owner Brett Gurewitz has been in Bad Religion on and off since the label formed, and if Ericson didn’t think that his band was commercially viable and could sell records, he certainly wouldn’t have signed them to his label. In addition to Ericson, the band’s bassist Danny Harbold, took the photos and shot the video for the band, so they’re practically a self-contained unit.
The band has released a lyric video for the song “Turn to Hate.” The song is available on iTunes now, with the album due out later this year. The band plan on touring as well. Here’s what singer Chris Huaraque has to say about the signing:
Defeat The Low is extremely excited to announce our signing with Rise Records! We couldn’t be more stoked to release our debut album with such tremendous support behind us. This collection of our first songs written together as a group is emotionally charged and straight to the point. Defeat The Low aims to be as enthralling as it is familiar.