Canterbury: 'Record labels don't want to sign rock bands'

Basingstoke rockers discuss they've opted to put things out on their own label

Canterbury - 'Ready Yet' Canterbury - 'Ready Yet'

Video: Canterbury - 'Ready Yet'

Canterbury have spoken about their decision to release their new album 'Heavy In The Day' on their own label and have said that they believe major record labels are actively avoiding signing rock bands.

Speaking to NME at Merthyr Rock Festival, the Basingstoke four-piece said that they believe their choice to put their record out on their own 'Sweet Lime Recordings' label may well be a glimpse into the future for new rock bands.

Asked why they'd opted to self-release, bass player Luke Prebble said: "Record labels don't seem to want to sign rock bands. Rock music is stronger than ever, but it's making the least amount of money."

He continued: "If you're a rock band, you can't just sell your soul to some TV show. Rock music has to be real and making it on your own is totally doable. I'm not sure what we're doing is a blueprint, but we've got our CDs there in HMV."

The band added that though they were envious of other bands' marketing budgets, they were confident they'd gone to be just as successful.

Prebble added: "We can look at billboards on the underground and we know what people have spent on that. We're taking smaller steps, but we're confident that we'll get there. This could be the future for bands. You can't just get signed now and your life is sorted."

Canterbury will support Deaf Havana on tour later this year.
More News
Everything Everything: 'If you put out a record this year and it's all smiles, then...
Students launch petition to name east London University building after Wiley
Sinead O'Connor withdraws application to join Sinn Fein
Sleaford Mods back crowdfunded documentary 'about the band and state of modern Britain'
Björk on 'Vulnicura' album leak: 'There's no way to say how you'd...
Drenge on new album 'Undertow': 'One song just screams 'Fleetwood Mac'
Liam Howlett confident ahead of new Prodigy album: 'I've been feeling these new...
Taylor Swift tells hackers who claim to have nude pictures of her: 'you got nothing'
Noel Gallagher: 'new album is is full of songs that make you punch the air while crying'
Carl Barât says he 'needs therapy' now that his Libertines bandmate Pete Doherty is clean
The Cribs say new album is 'their poppiest record since 'Men's Needs, Women's...
Sam Smith responds after US DJ Howard Stern calls him a 'fat ugly motherfucker'
Tom DeLonge says Blink-182 'haven't talked in months'
Carl Barât & The Jackals announce one-off UK show
Blink-182's Mark Hoppus confirms conversations about replacing drummer Travis Barker did...
Faith No More announce release of new single 'Superhero'
L7 announce reunion and European gigs
Drenge announce new album 'Undertow'
The Charlatans to play Brits Week gig at London's Brooklyn Bowl
East India Youth announces new album 'Culture of Volume'
BBC dismisses Brian Harvey 'paedo protecting' comments as 'absurd and offensive'
Disclosure and Rudimental to stage their own festival in Brighton

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM