The Lonely Forest Sign To Chris Walla's New Label Trans

posted March 2, 2010

The Lonely Forest Sign To Chris Walla's New Label Trans

Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group is proud to announce a partnership with Trans Records, Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie's new label. Walla's first signing: The Lonely Forest. Based in the small town of Anacortes, WA, The Lonely Forest have taken the northwest by storm behind their independently released album "We Sing The Body Electric!" The band's shows in and around the Seattle and Portland areas have built a rabid fan-base culminating with sold out shows at Seattle's Showbox Theatre last year and a coveted slot at the northwest's premiere festival this May, Sasquatch. Walla initially approached the band about producing their next album, but soon decided to create the Trans imprint with ILG to release their records as well.

"I've been lucky enough to make records with tons of phenomenal bands, and I've considered [starting a label] a number of different times," Walla tells The Stranger. "I don't know-is it oversimplified to say it's them and it just makes sense? This wouldn't be happening if it weren't for the Lonely Forest. They're a phenomenal band. I've been following my nose for so many years, doing the things that felt like the right thing to do. And this time the answer was yes."

The Lonely Forest - John Van Deusen (Vox/Guitar/Piano), Braydn Krueger (Percussion), Eric Sturgeon (Bass), Tony Ruland (Guitar) - is set to record their debut album for Trans with Chris Walla at studios in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland throughout April and May with the album slated for a late summer/early fall release. The band is currently on tour with We Were Promised Jetpacks and will be playing a number of shows at SXSW 2010.

Tour Dates:
w/We Were Promised Jetpacks:

  • 3-Mar-10 Portland, OR Doug Fir
  • 5-Mar-10 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
  • 6-Mar-10 Denver, CO Hi-Dive
  • 7-Mar-10 Lawerence, KS Jackpot Saloon
  • 8-Mar-10 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
  • 9-Mar-10 Minneapolis, MN Varisity Theater
  • 11-Mar-10 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
  • 12-Mar-10 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
  • 13-Mar-10 Columbus, OH The Summit
  • 14-Mar-10 Indianapolis, IL Radio Radio
  • 15-Mar-10 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House


  • 18-Mar 3pm Paste Galaxy Room 507 E. 6th St
  • 18-Mar 9:30pm Billions Club De Ville
  • 20-Mar 2pm Seattle by SX Beauty Bar
  • 20-Mar 4:50pm Original Audio/Beyond Race Flamingo

Sasquatch Festival

  • 29-May-10 The Gorge, WA Sasquatch Festival