Alan McGee announces first three albums to be released on new label 359 Music

McGee has teamed up with Cherry Red Records for the new venture, 'a launch pad for new and ignored talent'

Alan McGee announces first three albums to be released on new label 359 Music

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Alan McGee has announced the first three albums to be released on his new label 359 Music.

The Creation Records and Poptones founder has joined forces with Cherry Red Records for the new venture, which was officially launched this May.

"We got lucky with our first batch of signings," McGee said in a post on the 359 Music website. "All three acts have balls and gravitas and, as I said when we started the label, we are a launch pad for new and ignored talent. It's also been a blast so far working with the acts and Cherry Red… onwards!"

The first ever album released on 359 Music will be 'North South Divide', the debut set from 15-year-old Doncaster singer-songwriter John Lennon McGullagh. The album, which was recorded in just one day at Pulp's old studio in Sheffield and produced by McGee himself, will be available from October 14.

Seven days later on October 21, 359 Music will release the debut album from former The Grants frontman Chris Grant, which is titled 'It's Not About War!'. McGee apparently discovered Grant via MySpace back in 2007. "Like me, Chris is a round peg in a square hole," McGee says. "I would have signed Chris but I didn't have a label [at the time]."

Then the following week on October 28, the debut album from electro-pop four-piece Mineral, 'Plastic Ekphrastic', will come out on 359 Music. The band members, who hail from Paris and Dublin, list a diverse range of influences including The Smiths, Grandmaster Flash, Dirty Projectors and Dionne Warwick.

When he launched 359 Music in May, McGee put out an open call to musicians looking to be signed by the label, saying: "If you are an artist and want to be considered for 359 Music send an mp3 to INFOAT359MUSIC@aol.com and I will personally listen." For more information visit 359music.co.uk.

Creation Records was set up in 1983. Its roster included Oasis, Primal Scream, Teenage Fanclub, My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Super Furry Animals. McGee sold half the label to Sony in 1992, before dissolving it fully in 1999 to form his own label Poptones, which signed The Hives. Poptones wound down in 2007, with McGee citing financial reasons.

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