Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Charlotte's Benji Hughes signs with NC's Merge Records

Charlotte songwriter and Plaza Midwood staple, Benji Hughes will release two seven inch singles on Chapel Hill's Merge Records in October followed by a full-length album next year. Merge, which is home to bands like Arcade Fire, the Mountain Goats, She & Him, and label founders Superchunk, made the announcement today.

Hughes released a critically acclaimed double album, "A Love Extreme," for New West Records in 2008. He performed live especially close to home, but didn't release anything else until unleashing four self-released albums in 2014.

The October singles will consist of "Freaky Feedback Blues" and "Jazz X 10" on one record with "Shark Attack" paired with "Mama, I'm A Zombie" on the other. Both are set for October 9. Details on the full-length record are forthcoming.

Hughes plays Chapel Hill, Wilmington, and Carolina Beach this weekend.