Out Today by The Orchard: Anvil, The XCERTS & More

Close out of your emails, grab your headphones and power down because it is finally Friday: the best day of the week. It’s the last day of work with a full weekend to look forward to and of course, it’s packed with new music and films. This week at The Orchard, we’ve got a classic metal band kicking into high-gear, a pop-rock UK group that will have your heart racing and a wildly exciting film full of love and mystery, all Out Today.

You might have heard us mention a not-so-little German label called SPV and their legendary in-house imprint, Steamhammer. From our new label partner comes a huge release by metal favorite, Anvil, titled Pounding The PavementKnown for 1980’s hits like “Metal on Metal” and “Slip Kid,” the group resurfaced in part thanks to the 2008 documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil. The tale of two best friends continuing to pursue the rock and roll dream captures the band’s personality and quirky demeanor. (more…)

Exorcise Your Demons With William Friedkin’s “The Devil & Father Amorth”

For all of those who love a good head-spinning horror film, this one’s for you: The Orchard has acquired worldwide rights to Academy Award winning director William Friedkin’s The Devil & Father Amorth. The highly anticipated documentary is slated for a theatrical release in on April 20th followed by a worldwide digital release.

If Friedkin’s name rings a bell (or sends a chill down your spine), you probably know him from a little film called The Exorcistthe groundbreaking movie that he directed in 1973. Now, forty-five years after The Exorcist made waves in theaters, Friedkin returns to the controversial subject in documentary form with The Devil & Father Amorth. 


Welcome, William H.!

Introducing, William Harris, Label Manager, UK

A bit of background – my career in music started some time in the previous millennium at Our Price (ask your parents). LPs and cassettes were the dominant album formats and people were worried that home taping was killing music. After various stints in other music retailers including MVC and Alto, I worked at Vital Distribution, then in catalogue product & marketing at BMG, followed by Demon Music Group and more recently PIAS. Artists I’ve had the privilege of working with include; both Elvis’s, Lou Reed, Rick Astley, Nick Cave and Mr Tumble!


Nothing More, AJR & More Nominated for iHeartRadio Music Awards

The 2018 iHeartRadio Music Award nominees have arrived, adding another reason to celebrate to an already fruitful awards season. Seven of The Orchard’s artists are in the running, earning nine total nominations. As always, the iHeartRadio Music Awards are decided by you, the people! You can vote here, winners are to be announced live on Sunday, March 11th. Let’s take a look at a few of the ever-talented, all-independent acts on the ballot from The Orchard.

You may remember this year’s biggest breakthrough rock band, Nothing More, from our Grammy nominations article. If you missed that one, let me fill you in. These guys are nominated for every single rock category The Academy has to offer. If that wasn’t impressive enough, the band is now up for Rock Song of the Year at the iHearts with “Go To War.” A cut from their 2017 record The Stories We Tell Ourselves, “Go To War” is a badass ballad through and through. Check it out below and listen to the rest of the record here via Better Noise Records. (more…)

Out Today by The Orchard: Umphrey’s McGee, Dina & More

We’re all back at the grind this week with ambitious New Year’s resolutions (hopefully) still afloat. You might plan to get in shape, earn that promotion, or cut back on a bad habit, but let’s keep it simple and just try new things! Treat yourself and expand your mind by following our weekly releases with the cream of the independent crop. This week we’ve got a little bit of rock and roll, an award-winning documentary and a heart wrenching poetic lyricist, all Out Today.