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March 1, 2004

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There have been rumours circulating about it for weeks and now it's finally been confirmed. Regina, Saskatchewan's Despistado have inked a deal with Jade Tree Records and in the process, have become the label's first "international" signing.

Jade Tree rose to prominence in the mid- to late-‘90s as they helped expose the world to music from the likes of The Promise Ring, Joan Of Arc, Cap'n Jazz and Jets To Brazil. They'll attempt to do the same for Despistado when they re-release the quartet's The Emergency Response EP on June 25. The EP will pave the way for the group's debut full-length, which is expected to surface in the fall. The band will be heading to Vancouver to record the album in April with Phil Ek, whose impressive resume includes work with Pretty Girls Makes Graves, The Shins, Modest Mouse and Built To Spill.

Since forming in late 2001, Despistado have been garnering praise for their intense post-punk sounds and exhilarating live shows. The four friends toured relentlessly, gaining new fans after every live appearance. They hooked up with Does Everyone Stare Records and released The Emergency Response in October 2003, quickly selling out the first pressing of the disc. They then toured Canada some more and sent a demo to Jade Tree. The indie label flew down to Regina, was completely blown away after catching two of the group's concerts and the rest, as they say, is history.

Despistado will get to meet some of their new labelmates when they play Jade Tree's South By Southwest showcase in Austin, Texas later this month. Prior to playing the highly acclaimed conference, the band will be playing a string of shows in Southern Ontario, including a Toronto date during Canadian Music Week.

Despistado Tour Dates:

March 1 Hamilton, ON @ The Underground
March 2 London, ON @ Call The Office
March 4 Ottawa, ON @ Bumpers
March 5 Brantford, ON @ The Ford Plant
March 6 Toronto, ON @ The 360
March 18 Austin, TX @ The Parish
March 20 Austin, TX @ MoMo's


Shawn Despres