By Robert Thompson, Toronto
(Billboard Business News)
Sixteen months after announcing the reformation of Simmons Records in partnership with Universal Music Canada, Kiss bassist Gene Simmons has finally inked a deal, signing Toronto rock band The Envy.
The signing is a joint venture with Montreal-based Remedy Music, a division of Crystal Math Management, the company that has the likes of Metric and The Midway State on its roster. “We have embarked upon fulfilling our mandate—to discover new and exciting Canadian talent and to take them around the world,” Simmons said in a statement.
The Envy, who formed in early 2009, are presently recording with JUNO award-winning producer Gavin Brown (Billy Talent, Metric, Three Days Grace) as well as the songwriter/producer Desmond Child (Katy Perry, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Tokio Hotel) for their Simmons/UMC debut release. No release date was announced. Last year, the band toured across Canada with the likes of Marianas Trench, The Midway State and Stereos.