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