TO: Karin Schemik
FROM: Brian Long
We would like you to reconsider your plans regarding the release of Year After Year by Idaho. With just one 7” single and the Caroline/Quigley U.K. release The Palms EP, the band is generating a growing interest in Europe.
>We have already lined up features in Alternative Press and Raygun and confirmations on fanzine interviews are coming in daily. College radio, which usually doesn’t show a great deal of interest in the CDS format by unknown bands, has charted Idaho at #134 on the CMJ chart. This is a tremendous sign of interest and curiosity in the band at this early stage. By the same token, the CD5 EP by Vernon Yard/Hut artist, Acetone, has not cracked the chart at all.
>Idaho are managed by a Los Angeles-based company called Here To Go which also works with fIREHOSE, Seaweed and Red House Painters. They have arranged for Sabine Waltz of International Booking Agency (IBD) of Munich to book the band throughout the continent. This is perfect as the bands IBD work with are of the same ilk as Idaho: Yo La Tengo, Come, Afghan Whigs, Gumball, Love Battery and Codeine to name a few. As mentioned earlier a tour of the U.K. is in the planning stages for September to coincide with the release date. This will generate further U.K. press which will no doubt filter to Germany. We have set aside most of the month of November for a tour of the continent.
>Sabine from IBD, believes that Idaho will appeal to the same audience that Codeine does. Codeine is one of Sub Pop’s most successful artists in Germany and their tours do magnificently,
>The U.K. press have been particularly supportive with a Melody Maker single-of-the-week pick, Lime Lizard single-of-the-month review and feature. In the July 31 issue of Melody Maker there is a half page feature on the band; an NME feature is forthcoming. Further features are awaiting the release date and forthcoming tour in September.
>We have received confirmation of release in Sweden and Benelux; the latter working perfectly with the plan to tour the continent in November.
>The band and Caroline have paid special attention to the worldwide potential for Idaho so for these reasons stated above, we would like you to seriously consider releasing Year After Year this fall. Germany is vital to making this plan work. We anxiously await your response.