Projektor Gets Major Support

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Most bands release their CDs in one exciting evening. Local rock act Projektor needs two. On September 24 at The Zoo and September 25 at the West End Cultural Centre, the quartet will follow up its successful debut, Red Wolf Glass, with the much-anticipated Young Hearts Fail. With the release, Projektor will join a rapidly expanding group of Manitoba artists with major label support.

Endearing Records, which is releasing Projektor's sophomore effort, has a new deal with Universal Canada which will see its roster distributed by Universal's MapleMusic. The local independent label - which puts out Manitoba bands Novillero and The Paperbacks - will now have its albums in stores across the country with Universal's powerful help. This bodes well for Projektor's potential success and its ability to reach a mainstream market with Young Hearts Fail.

Projektor has developed an intense following for its inspiring live show and driving, dark music. Formed four years ago by vocalist/bassist Jahmeel Russel, the band also includes Darren Achorn (drums), Jeremy Gillespie (guitar/keyboards), and Sean Stevens (guitar/moog). A popular act at Canadian music showcases like NXNE and Canadian Music Week, the band has often been called one of the best rock acts in western Canada.

This summer may have had bad weather, but the crop of high profile Manitoba music didn't feel any negative effects. Young Hearts Fail is the latest in an impressive list of prominent releases from local artists, including Nathan's Nettwerk debut Jimson Weed, The Waking Eyes' Video Sound on Coalition/Warner, Tin Foil Phoenix's hyped Living in the Shadow of the Bat on Chad Kroeger's (Nickelback) 604 Records/Universal, and Burnthe8track's The Ocean on Century Media's Abacus Recordings from California.

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