Dine Alone Records Partners With Hub Artist Services In Aus/NZ Deal

10 February 2016 | 2:20 pm | Staff Writer

The celebrated indie label will expand its interests Down Under as a result of the partnership

Canadian indie champion Dine Alone Records is making the permanent move to Australia and New Zealand, with local company Hub Artist Services inking a new partnership deal that will see the latter representing the stalwart northerners in our neck of the woods.

The impetus for the deal is to expand Dine Alone's reach in the Australian and New Zealand markets. The label already holds a significant — if often unheralded — presence in the colonies, having represented artists such as City & Colour (whose album If I Should Go Before You hit the top five on the ARIA Albums chart), Alexisonfire, Tokyo Police Club and Hey Rosetta, as well as signing global acts such as The Dandy Warhols, Vanessa Carlton and Broncho. Additionally, in its native Canada and in the US, it has steered the release of records from lauded Aussie acts such as DZ Deathrays, The Jezabels, Miami Horror, Dune Rats and Children Collide, among others.

Hub is no stranger to acclaimed artistry itself, with its roster having, over the past decade-and-a-bit, included local mainstays such as Megan Washington, Old Man River, Dappled Cities, Zeahorse (for whom Dine Alone has also distributed records in Canada and the US) and Scandinavian chanteuse Anna Of The North.

"[Hub managing director] Troy [Barrott] and I have a great circle of mutual friends and co-workers in many different countries," Dine Alone's founder, Joel Carriere, said in a statement. "It only made sense that we combined forces to grow our bands and businesses together. Plus, I don’t know many people that can keep up with me when I am in the zone, so its nice to have this lovely gent by my side!"

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Added Barrott: "Joel and I bonded over BBQ and beer, and a like-minded philosophy on independent music. His whole team is similarly brilliant. We have been talking for years about working more closely and bringing our culture, artists and people together in an interesting way.

"I’m honoured to be involved with such a well-loved and respected brand. We’re taking an old school approach of great people, working with great artists on a great label. This is going to be fun."

The Dine Alone-Hub Artist Services Partnership kicks off immediately, and there are several ear-tingling prospects on the horizon as a result, including album releases for The Dandy Warhols, Monster Truck, The Dirty Nil, Wintersleep and George Byrne, as well as City & Colour's impending national tour off the back of their upcoming appearance at this year's Bluesfest in Byron Bay.