Dallas rock act Flickerstick, who took a shortcut to national attention via VH1's reality show "Bands on the Run," has inked a recording deal with Epic Records. The label will rerelease the group's de

Dallas rock act Flickerstick, who took a shortcut to national attention via VH1's reality show "Bands on the Run," has inked a recording deal with Epic Records. The label will rerelease the group's debut album, "Welcoming Home the Astronauts," on Oct. 16 with the newly recorded track "Smile."

The album, self-released earlier this summer, will be given a major label touch-up, courtesy of mixer Tom Lord-Alge (Blink-182, Marilyn Manson). The set's first single, "Beautiful," will be serviced to radio in early September, but a couple of Southern stations have already been spinning the track, along with album cut "Coke."

For winning the show, Flickerstick received $50,000 in cash, $100,000 worth of equipment, and a music video for "Smile." The clip is in the top-15 of VH1's rotation.

Flickerstick will begin a U.S. tour, focusing on colleges, Aug. 24 in Denton, Texas. Finalized dates will be announces shortly. To date, the band, which formed while attending the University of North Texas in the mid-'90s, has sold more than 9,000 copies of its debut album, according to SoundScan.