Ed Schrader's Music Beat, the Baltimore post-punk duo of Ed Schrader and Devlin Rice, has signed to Nashville's Infinity Cat Recordings, according to Schrader. The band signed a two-album deal last month, and the first release — titled "Party Jail" — will come out in the spring, the 34-year-old singer said over the phone on Wednesday.
Infinity Cat — whose artists include Jeff the Brotherhood, Diarrhea Planet and more — first noticed the group last year when Schrader and Rice opened for another Baltimore group, Future Islands, in Boston, Schrader said.
"It's a young label that's really hungry and picking up a lot of steam," he said of the decision to choose Infinity Cat. Schrader says the duo was also talking to a couple of "kind of big labels" but felt Infinity Cat's "ethics and approach were a good fit for us."
The album, the Music Beat's second, is half-recorded. Schrader says he and Rice will travel to Machines With Magnets recording studio in Pawtucket, R.I., next month to finish the record. He mentioned Dan Deacon and Matmos as possible collaborators.
In the near future, Infinity Cat will release a single called "Televan," which Schrader describes as a song about the recent "movement of bands aping off bands from the '90s." In his opinion, many of these acts get the pose right, but lack substance.
"They're taking all the frosting but none of the cake," he said.
The duo has already shot a video for the song. The shoot took place in New York, and it had the biggest budget the Music Beat had seen yet.
"We're essentially getting chased around by a dominatrix who ends up killing everyone in the band," Schrader describes of the video's treatment.
Ed Schrader's Music Beat is a relatively new project for the Wham City member, but he has been a staple in the Baltimore arts scene for years, from performing music to hosting talk shows and more. Now, Schrader is excited for the future and the opportunities that come with this signing.
"It's the first time in my life I can pay my rent doing what I love," Schrader said. "It's just unbelievable. I just hope I can return that favor to everyone that ever helped me."
Watch the video of "Radio Eyes," the duo's 2013 single for Sub Pop, above.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun