BRMC Signs Overseas Deal With Echo

Rock outfit Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has signed a new deal with the Echo label for Europe and the United Kingdom.

Rock outfit Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has signed a new deal with the Echo label for Europe and the United Kingdom. BRMC will bring along its Abstract Dragon imprint, on which it will co-release its in-progress third studio album. That set, tentatively dubbed the "Americana LP," is being mixed in Los Angeles and expected for release this summer.

Echo is home to such acts as Feeder, Moloko, the Stands, Ray LaMontagne and I Am Kloot. According to BRMC's official Web site, the band is still negotiating with labels in the United States but hopes to make a decision within a few weeks.

Group member Robert Turner told Billboard.com in October that the new album will reveal a shift from the propulsive rock of the band's first two sets for Virgin.

"There's one in the vein of an old, Johnny Cash song, and there are a couple of songs that sound like Dylan's first couple of albums," he said. "On the songs that do have a fuller sound, they're more produced and layered. We used that setup more for our first album than the second; just having fun in the studio layering things, rather than the live electric band, throw-and-go sound."

At that point, Turner and multi-instrumentalist Peter Hayes were working without drummer Nick Jago, who exited BRMC last summer for personal reasons. And while it is unclear if he has rejoined, sources say Jago has been spotted lately at the band's L.A. rehearsal space.