Churchill joins A&M Octone Records roster, adds second show at Bluebird on September 30

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Churchill's show on Saturday, September 29 at the Bluebird is sold out. And while that news in itself is totally worthy of being stoked about (as is the second date that's just been added on Sunday, September 30), that's hardly the biggest and best news coming out of that camp right now. The band has secured a deal with A&M/Octone Records, the same label that signed Adam Duncan, a fellow Denver-based act, this past November. Along with Duncan, the label is also home to Maroon 5, Hollywood Undead and Bombay Bicycle Club.

See also: - Freeloader: Download Churchill's "Happy/Sad" - Churchill talks about finding an identity - Churchill wins KTCL's Hometown for the Holidays

The imprint is wasting no time building momentum for the band. It has already added Churchill's photo to its roster of artists and purportedly launched a radio campaign pushing the title track from its self-released Change EP. According to the band, fans can expect its full-length major-label debut to be released by this time next year. In the meantime, tickets for the September 30 show go on sale this Saturday.

Since first emerging on the scene in 2009, Churchill has made a slow and steady rise. What began humbly as a collaboration between two former schoolmates, Tim Bruns and Michael Morter, grew into a full-fledged band when the former moved back to Denver from Nashville and the latter graduated from college. Almost immediately, the band members wowed audiences with their earnest brand of folk rock, which they then went on to hone and refine into a leaner indie-rock sound. In 2011, Churchill drummed up enough support from its fan base via Kickstarter to finance the excellent full-length Happy/Sad, which was followed this year by the equally swell Change.

Playing back-to-back nights at the Bluebird seems like a fitting capper to what's already been a banner year for Churchill. From taking home honors in KTCL's annual Hometown for the Holidays promo this past December and being tapped by the Fray to accompany the band on a series of dates earlier this year to performing on the main stage at the 2012 Westword Music Showcase and now securing a recording contract, the band has plenty to celebrate and even more to be excited about.

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