UK-based Sony label Music For Nations has made two significant signings as its ramps up its frontline activities in the market.
Sony revived iconic rock and metal label MFN last year, hiring Visible Noise founder Julie Weir to run the imprint.
Weir, who previously signed and developed Bring Me The Horizon, oversees A&R activity at the company alongside Joel De’ath.
The first new signing at MFN is Blanket, an emerging band comprising of Bobby Pook (guitar and vocals), Simon Morgan (guitar and backing vocals), Matthew Sheldon (bass) and Steven Pellatt (drums).
Originating from Blackpool and forming in 2016, the cinematic rock quartet are well known for producing arresting audio-visual experiences at their live shows.
Bobby Pook of Blanket said: “To sign to a label as important and influential as Music For Nations seemed like an unobtainable dream for us. This is something that we’ve all wanted since we started playing music.
“The team at the label share our vision and aspirations of what we want this band to be. We’re putting our all into this record and we are excited to show it to the world.”
Additionally, Music For Nations have penned a deal with Southampton five-piece, Bury Tomorrow (pictured).
“It’s an exciting time for MFN – with a powerful chunk of heavy heritage behind us, we are looking to the future with a broad stable of new and talented artists that excite us both as fans and industry.”
Julie Weir, MFN
The band, which is made up of Daniel Winter-Bates, Jason Cameron, Davyd Winter-Bates, Adam Jackson and Kristan Dawson, are making a big splash in the UK metal scene.
Daniel Winter-Bates of Bury Tomorrow said: “We are really excited to form a new partnership with Sony and Music For Nations.
“After 10 years as a band, we’ve found a team that are on our page. The enthusiasm, knowledge and direction they’ve shown, made it a no brainer to move forward with this partnership. BT 5 is coming.”
Jamie Osman, who represents Bury Tomorrow at Red Light Management said: “It’s an utter pleasure to be working with Julie, Joel and the team at MFN.
“Having worked with Sony on previous rock projects, the focus and dedication to building bands in a manner that works around the ever-changing landscape for rock and metal music is exceedingly exciting. Looking forward to the new opportunities this will bring the band over the coming years.”
Julie Weir, Head of Music For Nations said: “It’s an exciting time for MFN – with a powerful chunk of heavy heritage behind us, we are looking to the future with a broad stable of new and talented artists that excite us both as fans and industry.
“We are looking forward to getting our teeth into the global plans for both Blanket and Bury Tomorrow.”
Music For Nations was originally created in 1983 and went on to release material from legendary metal artists including Slayer, Megadeth, Poison and Metallica.Music Business Worldwide