Tampa's Marksmen change name to Tallhart; sign to Equal Vision Records
Sometimes good news comes in bunches. Well, there's a lot to process in this announcement today, but it's all good, so let's get to it:
-- Specifically, they've signed with Rory Records, a brand-new imprint on Equal Vision founded by Say Anything singer Max Bemis. The gruop will release a new EP this spring, led by the single Fever (Sister of Mine) on March 6.
"We've been just holding in this information for the last three months, so to finally get it out in the open is kind of a relief," said drummer Reed Murray.
How did this come to pass? Well, it all has to do with the band Eisley (another Equal Vision band). Murray has been dating Christie Dupree, the younger sister of all of Eisley's Dupree siblings, including vocalist-guitarist Sherri Bemis-Dupree, who is married to Max Bemis. Marksmen went on tour with Eisley last year, and Bemis came out to see them. He quickly decided he wanted to sign them, and after talking with Equal Vision, it was decided that he'd start his own label, and Tallhart would be the first band signed.
"We are the first band on the imprint, so I guess in a sense, him believing in us was a good enough reason for him to form an imprint and have us be the first band on there, which is pretty humbling," Murray said.
It's always a big deal when a local band signs to a national label, especially a band as acclaimed and generally beloved as Marksmen/Tallhart. One of tbt*'s Ultimate Local Bands in 2011, Tallhart are following in the footsteps of North Pinellas punk band Set It Off, who signed to Equal Vision last year. Set It Off have already tweeted their congratulations to Tallhart.
This spring, Tallhart will go on tour with Eisley, then with Say Anythying, Fake Problems and Kevin Devine. There are no local shows planned; the closest gig is April 25 at the Beacham Theatre in Orlando. Murray said the group hopes to book a Tampa show sometime this spring, but in the meantime will move ahead with writing their next album.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Gage Young