EMI Music North America is re-establishing I.R.S. Records, the ’80s home of such major alternative acts as R.E.M. and the Go-Go’s, as a frontline label helmed by New York-based Crush Management.
Founded by the Police’s manager Miles Copeland in 1979, I.R.S. released such other important punk, new wave and alternative bands as Buzzcocks, Dead Kennedys, the Cramps and Fine Young Cannibals. Distributed in later years by EMI, the label folded in 1996.
Label’s first signings will be announced shortly; I.R.S. expects initial releases to hit the street near the end of the year.
Operated by Jonathan Daniel and Bob McLynn, Crush manages a successful roster that includes Train, Fall Out Boy, Butch Walker, Panic! At the Disco and Travie McCoy. New deal extends firm’s relationship with Virgin Label Group prexy Dan McCarroll, who worked with Crush as an EMI Music Publishing exec vp.
McCarroll said in a statement, “We are thrilled to be able to bring back the I.R.S. Records brand, and we believe that EMI and Crush will be able to recapture some of the spirit of adventure and excitement that the original label brought with it.”
Last month, Crush announced the formation of a Nashville division helmed by veteran Music City exec John Grady.