Following its Ivor Novello nomination for songwriter Nick Hemming, indie-folk act the Leisure Society has secured a label deal with U.K. indie Full Time Hobby.

As part of the worldwide deal, the London-based label is hoping to release the band's debut set "The Sleeper" in the U.S. "We might just go to one of the [U.S.] distributors," says label co-owner Wez Wesley.

Full Time Hobby will re-release "The Sleeper" on Oct. 5; distribution is through PIAS in the U.K. and Europe. The set, originally released through the band's own Willkommen label in March, includes "The Last Of The Melting Snow," which was nominated for an Ivor Novello award at the ceremony in May.

The 11-track album will be re-issued with a bonus eight-track EP - "A Product of the Ego Drain EP" - which features b-sides, demos and an un-released cover of Gary Numan's "Cars."

The original album release has moved 8,000 copies, according to Wesley. "We really want to take it much bigger than that," he adds. "We found out they weren't signed and chased them."

Comparing the act to U.S. bands Midlake, Fleet Foxes and Band of Horses, label co-owner Nigel Adams says, "I see them as the first band from the U.K. to do that kind of quality of music."

The band is re-recording the album track "Save it For Someone Who Cares," which will be released as a single and included on the re-released album in October. Wesley suggests that "The Last of the Melting Snow" will continue the campaign with a release around Christmas.

Upon its original release, the song was championed by Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie on national AC broadcaster Radio 2. The Ivor Novello nomination was billed as a first for a writer without a publishing deal. As previously reported, Hemming has since signed a publishing deal with Notting Hill Music.

The Leisure Society is playing headline shows and festivals over the coming months.

Full Time Hobby's other artists include Micah P Hinson, The Hold Steady, Malcolm Middleton, School of Seven Bells and White Denim.

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