[Update 1:04 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015: It should be noted that the first page of the original press release is in fact all about MPV. We apologize for overlooking that fact. According to Kevin Nixon, the quotes in the London Times that we based the following assessment on were inaccurate and taken out of context. We regret any error on our part.]
The most important-looking thing we got in the mail last week was a CD EP and press release from Original 1265 Recordings, the new Detroit-based record label from British music industry vet and Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME) founder Kevin Nixon.
In his own words, Nixon recently told the London newspaper the Times that he decided to "bring the music industry here."
This four-track EP by MPV (formerly My Pal Val) is the label's first release, due March 3, with the band's debut full-length expected to be released later in the year. The press release also announced the signing of the Detroit singer-songwriter Charity, who will release an EP sometime in the spring. Additionally, the label will release an album of music by current DIME students, and open a London office in 2015.
As for the actual music on the label's first release? This isn't a review. The attached press release hardly mentions it anyway. In fact, we very rarely get press releases that spend so much time talking about the label and so little time talking about the music.
We know MPV have "five X chromosomes, smoldering riffs, and more grit than an auto shop." We know they have a "unique sound inspired by the music of the Breeders, Nirvana, and the White Stripes." We know the band "writes songs about relatable issues in their lives, and of young people growing up in modern-day Detroit."
We tried to find a Soundcloud link or a YouTube video to embed here so you could hear MPV's new songs for yourselves, but those 21st century distribution methods apparently don't jibe with Nixon's very corporate, very '90s ideas on how to run a record label.
Maybe you can pick up a copy at your local Tower Records?
(EDIT: Music is available via MPV's official site.)
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