A crew of promoters and musicians will launch a new label on March 1 called Ship Records. In addition to releasing vinyl and digital downloads, they plan to provide management, booking and other services for bands, says label co-founder Lety McKenzie.
“I'm 28 years old, and I've been doing music for 13-going-on-14 years, and times are a-changing, so why not make it a positive change,” she tells CityBeat in a Facebook message.
The label will run as a collective.
McKenzie, a promoter and band manager, is working with Birdy Bardot, Brian Reilly, Jon Bonser and Leslie Schultze of rock band The New Kinetics; Lety and Pat Beers of Schitzophonics; and musician Spencer Gallop.
Schitzophonics are currently working on a full-length album, and The New Kinetics have plans to go into the studio. The label hopes to release two full-lengths and two 7-inches by August, McKenzie says.
Pop-rockers Endoxi are going on hiatus. In a video posted on the band's Facebook page, frontman Chris Wilson says he's grown weary of lineup changes and members not showing up to gigs. “It's an experience we've all shared over the past few years and I'll never forget it, but I can't personally keep putting energy into something that someone else has the power to take away from me,” he says in the video. He'll continue touring as a solo artist and performing with saxophonist Joe Cardillo, and they'll play at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 8.