Settle signs with Epitaph Records

Music News | Aug 20th, 2008

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East Coast Quartet Heads into the Studio with Indie Hero Adam Lasus

Settle — four extremely talented individuals from Pennsylvania who play indie rock, have great personal style and even better record collections have signed with Epitaph Records. The band is currently recording with Adam Lasus, best known for his work with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Yo La Tengo.

Versatile and prolific, the band s favorites range from the Liars to Questlove, though the fellas say they are influenced more by the news and video games and Facebook than anything else. They have penned nearly 100 songs and sold 20,000 copies collectively of two self-released EPs. And while the songs range from soulful laments to skillfully crafted pop to ironic indie rock, the common thread running through the music is that Settle writes unbelievably catchy songs.

Hailing from the wintry wilds of eastern PA, brothers Nick and Willie Rose (vox/guitars and drums respectively) formed Settle in 2001. The usual turmoil ensued as members came and went until the band finally solidified with the addition of Dave Goletz (guitar) a few years later and most recently Chris Burcin (bass).

In 2006, the band won an MTV-sponsored contest, Best Music on Campus. Trading their anoraks for flip flops, Settle performed at MTV s Spring Break extravaganza in Cancun Mexico. While the bikini-clad girls and muscle-bound guys might not have been Settle s usual crowd, who tend more towards New Balance and vintage tees, the contest served to pair the band with Epitaph, and, more importantly, #1 fan and label president Brett Gurewitz.

Settle has everything I admire in a great band: poetry, tunefulness, originality and vision, all pursued recklessly, as if the whole thing might fall apart at any secondand you can dance to it, says Gurewitz.

Look for Settle s debut full-length early next year on Epitaph.