Canton's Inhale Exhale has signed with Solid State Records, the extreme-music branch of Tooth & Nail Records. Located in Seattle, these independent labels have cultivated a loyal following with a roster of Christian bands that are favorites on the club circuit and Warped Tour, including the best-seller Underoath. Inhale Exhale straddles the line between technical metal and brutal post-hardcore.
"When I heard the demos, I couldn't stop listening to them," says Solid State A&R representative Chad Johnson, who had signed the Northeast Ohio band Narcissus with his former label, Takehold. "We feel the album has a lot of potential and that Solid State fans are really going to enjoy it."
Inhale Exhale formed in 2005. Bassist Brian Pitman was a founding member of Relient K, the major-label power-pop group from Canton. Frontman Ryland Raus sang for Widdlesworth, an Akron screamo crew. Band leader John LaRussa was the guitarist for Narcissus, whose final album was released on Abacus Recordings, a joint venture of Sony and Century Media.
The Solid State deal is for one album, with an option for others. Inhale Exhale recorded its upcoming debut, The Lost, the Sick, the Sacred, with producer Travis Wyrick (10 Years, P.O.D.). The disc is set for release Tuesday, November 21. Following a national tour with labelmates the Chariot, the band will play a homecoming show Sunday, November 26, at Akron's Lime Spider. The group plans to spend 2007 on the road.
"We're really excited to work with a label of that status," says LaRussa. "And for me and Brian, we're continuing -- we're not stepping back. We're going to be busy, and we're always going to be looking forward."
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