EVP Recordings Sign Pagan, Announce New Label Manager/A&R

Just some little business news for y’all today regarding EVP Recordings, their new label manager/A&R Lochlan Watt, and the latest band to join their ranks – Pagan. (Pictured above). 

Melbourne label/distro company, Rocket, has today announced that long-time host of Triple J’s The Racket, Lochlan Watt, will now be stepping in to fill the role of Label Manager and A&R for Rocket’s metal imprint, EVP Recordings. In case you’re unaware, EVP is the current Aussie-based home of metal acts like BehemothKing Parrot and Psycroptic, with other key Rocket metal label partners in Australia include Metal Blade, Relapse, Season Of Mist, Napalm and Peaceville/Kscope.

Acting as Watt’s inaugural signing to this label is Melbourne’s blackened punk rockers, Pagan, who some will remember as the (well-deserved) Unearthed winners of this year’s UNIFY Festival (read: not Ocean Shitter Sleeper). As someone who has been following the chaos of Pagan for a while now, they’re more than a solid fit for EVP Recordings. Likewise, Pagan’s guitarist Mike Deslandes – who also plays in High Tension and who engineered The Nation Blue’s 2016 LPs – produced the band’s debut album, which is now scheduled for an early 2018 release via EVP. I cannot recommend this band enough, and if you’re not around them already,

I personally cannot recommend this band enough, and if you’re not around them already, you should be. Suss out their recent single, ‘Imitate Me‘, below!

Finally, Watt will also be working with the recent local Rocket label acquisition of Human Warfare and that company’s debut release; the forthcoming Thy Art Is Murder album, ‘Dear Desolation‘, due out in August. As many will know, Thy Art Is Murder and Watt have a solid relationship with one another; Watt was one of the key fill-in vocalists for the band in 2016 following the departure of CJ McMahon in late 2015. If you’ve been living under a very big rock or just not had sound internet access this past week, Thy Art’s more-death-metal-than-deathcore-ripper, ‘Slaves Beyond Death‘ is out now.

PC: Emma McEvoy

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