Australian independent Shock has scored the rights to release alternative rock act Placebo's forthcoming album in Australia and New Zealand.

Belgian independent PIAS Entertainment Group announced during the MIDEM conference last month in Cannes that it had secured the European rights to issue the band's sixth album, due out this June.

Melbourne-based Shock will facilitate the Australasian sales, marketing and promotional components of the set, in liaison with the band and its management team at Riverman.

"We are absolutely delighted to have done a deal with the good folk at Riverman for the next album," comments Shock GM Tim Janes in a statement. "Everyone here at Shock is super excited at the prospect of working on what will no doubt be one of Shock's biggest albums in recent years."

Producer David Bottrill (Muse, Tool, Silverchair) is behind the mixing desk on the as-yet untitled, which is the follow-up to the Placebo's gold-certified (35,000) 2006 album "Meds." A new drummer, Steve Forrest, has joined from punk rock band Evaline.

Until the recent PIAS agreement, Placebo had a lengthy association with EMI which dated back to their self-titled 1996 album.