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Sydney Indie Other Tongues Folds

News posted Wednesday, August 24 2011 at 12:00 PM.
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Sydney Indie Other Tongues Folds

After nearly two years and a slew of excellent releases – from You Am I’s self-titled ninth album to Dereb The Ambasassor, Harmony and Melodie Nelson – Sydney-based music company Other Tongues has ceased operations.

The company was started in 2009 by former Inertia and Mushroom A&R Nick Pontikos, but M+N can now confirm that an “irreconcilable” difference of opinion between Pontikos and a silent business partner lead to its closure over the weekend.

Pontikos will now revive his Longtime Listener imprint, which will take on the majority of artists on the Other Tongues roster. Upcoming releases include Witch Hats’ second album Pleasure Syndrome, the solo LP from The Hold Steady's Craig Finn and a new release from Melbourne’s The Peep Tempel.

Pontikos issued the following statement exclusively to M+N:

There was a difference of opinion between the partners on the best way to move the company forward. In the end it was irreconcilable, and as the partners remained split, the conclusion was to wind the company down. The split was very amicable, we're just moving in different directions. And the company may be revived in the future, the structure remains in place.

The company will trade on to sell its catalogue, but won't be releasing new music. All local releases and licenses will remain actively in print. Importantly, all artists and labels will continue to be accounted to.

It's a disappointing end, no question, we built something very strong in a very short space of time. We had a wonderful team of staff who gave their all, and a roster of artists and labels that I love from A Z.

But I am not pausing for breath, pressing on under the Longtime Listener banner and will continue working with the majority of artists from the roster - we had a strong family at OT, and those ties don't break easily … So, RIP Other Tongues... and long live Longtime Listener.

Formed in late 2009, Other Tongues’ local roster included You Am I, Lisa Miller, 78 Saab, Seekae, Mike Noga and Richrd In Your Mind. It had distribution, promotional, marketing, booking and touring arms, working with labels including Rice Is Nice, Departed Sounds, Chemikal Underground and Kill Rock Stars.


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NiteShok  said about 4 years ago:

This is a shame, but good to hear that Pontikos is keeping his chin up. Good luck.

ghoti-max  said about 4 years ago:

That's really terrible news, there were such a good label to work with such a great, growing roster. Hopefully LTL works out well for the artists, cos they all spoke to highly of the freedom Other Tongues gave them.

anonymous  said about 4 years ago:

shit news!

Ash-showoff  said about 4 years ago:

An excellent group of people to work with. It's a crying shame they couldn't continue.


ajebec  said about 4 years ago:

can only add my agreeance that the other tongues team are a delight to work with. nick and james are both highly communicative and supportive. while the label side seems like it should continue successfully, their extensive distribution roster will be greatly missed.

Goal attack  said about 4 years ago:

Guess I won't be sending that demo

Kdizzle  said about 4 years ago:

Totally sad. Though I'm not sure what is happening. I have been speaking to James all morning..

Agree - such a lovely group of people to work with.

outoftheaircrash  said about 4 years ago:


outoftheaircrash  said about 4 years ago:

Downloading an Other Tounges release from itunes as i type...!

JRB  said about 4 years ago:


Ash-showoff  said about 4 years ago:

Downloading an Other Tounges release from itunes as i type...!

Which one?

Coxinator  said about 4 years ago:

Damn. I've only recently been trying to build realtionships on that side of the industry and they were the friendliest. I'm even off to one of their gigs tonight! Drats.

mbland  said about 4 years ago:

Good label ,,shame they have had a spat & now have to flush it down the toot .

At least I will have that excellent Fishing 7'' as a memento 8~)

happycow  said about 4 years ago:

Based on the story it didn't seem like much of a spat - if things weren't working out and weren't going to it was probably the best move to make.

Working with irreconcilable differences tends to lead to gradual degradation, mistrust, mismanagement, things a lot uglier than an unfortunate but clean break lead to.

I wish more people had the sort of vision that allowed them to make tough but necessary decisions to avoid a shit storm in the long term.

And the best thing is no kids were lost in the divorce. The bands still have a label.

mbland  said about 4 years ago:

But the world is full of difference?

happycow  said about 4 years ago:

Sure, everyone deals with difference and compromise every day. But if the difference is irreconcilable I think it's better to cut away the root of the problem than let it grow. That shit starts wars.

As much as it sucks to see a good label go, this seems like the best possible outcome when you consider how people and egos can blindly and needlessly take down everything around them. The albums are still available and the bands still have a label. Could have been so much worse, which is why I think Nick Pontikos has made the best move for the situation he had.

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