News — July 29th, 2005

Boompa partners with Caroline Distribution for USA


(Vancouver – July 28, 2005) — Only one week after publicizing a new distribution partnership with EMI Music Canada, Vancouver’s Boompa Records also announced today it has finalized another new exclusive distribution agreement, effective immediately.

The new partnership is with New York-based Caroline Distribution, which also has a secondary office in Los Angeles, CA and sales representatives across the country. Boompa Records teaming up with Caroline signifies the debut of Boompa Records and its releases in the the USA.

“We’ve seen what great success Caroline has had as a partner with other Canadian indie labels,” said Rob Calder, Vice-President of Boompa Productions. “So we’re really excited to be a part of the Caroline family.”

One of the fastest growing independent labels in Canada, Boompa Records has released a series of records that have become favorites to fans and critics alike. Since 2003, the label has released albums from former-Weezer/The Rentals Matt Sharp, Aussie cult faves The Lucksmiths and college radio vets The Salteens. All of Boompa’s past releases will be made available Stateside for the first time along with several new releases including alt-country rocker Leeroy Stagger, Catlow (new project from ex-Dirtmitt Natasha Thirsk), an EP from emerging artist My Project: Blue, amongst others. Early 2006 promises new albums from Run Chico Run, Aussie power-pop trio Sekiden and a long-awaited follow-up from The Salteens.

“In the last year, we’ve released nine albums in Canada with several more coming out this year and at least that in 2006,” says Shannon Martin, Label Manager for Boompa Records. “We’re specifically focused on the long-term international development of each artist and we’ve been doing some great things in Canada. And now, we get to crank everything up a few notches by going into the States.”

Caroline Distribution, founded in 1983, is one of leading independent music and DVD distributors in the world. With distributed labels spanning indie rock, electronic dance, hip hop, metal, punk and world music, including some of the biggest local and international names in the recorded music industry, Caroline boasts strong and long-term partnerships with labels such as Arts and Crafts, Century Media, Domino, Stones Throw, Plexifilm, Definitive Jux, Ultra, Ninja Tune, Battle Axe, Astralwerks, Mute and Warp.

“Boompa has several things going for them that really got our attention,” said Michael Bull, VP of Label Relations for Caroline. “An eclectic roster of interesting artists with a lot of potential, a deep-seated understanding and commitment to marketing and developing those artists over the long term and a top-notch staff who get what it takes to be successful in a difficult marketplace.”

Yeah, yeah but c’mon, what’s the real reason Caroline teamed up with Boompa?

“Well, they’re Canadian,” confessed Bull. “And we all know how sexy that is right now”.

New Release street dates:

Oct. 18, 2005: Leeroy Stagger – Beautiful House
Nov. 1, 2005: Catlow – Kiss the World
Nov. 1, 2005: The Salteens – Let Go Of Your Bad Days
Nov. 1, 2005: Canned Hamm – Erotic Thriller
Nov. 1, 2005: Run Chico Run – Shashbo
Nov. 1, 2005: V/A – Boompa Volume 1

More releases TBA