SOURCE: Atlantic Records

May 20, 2005 15:58 ET

Transplants Sign to La Salle/Atlantic: Label Debut, "HAUNTED CITIES," Due June 21st

"Gangsters and Thugs" Attacks Radio, Video Outlets

Band Set to Headline Vans Warped Tour '05

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 20, 2005 -- Transplants -- the celebrated trio formed by Tim Armstrong, Rob Aston, and Travis Barker -- have set a long-term pact with Atlantic Records. The first album to be released under the new deal, entitled "HAUNTED CITIES," will be released June 21st on the La Salle/Atlantic label. The band's second album, and first in three years, was produced by Armstrong (Rancid, Operation Ivy, Pink, AFI) and mixed by Neil Pogue (Outkast, Mystikal).

"Gangsters And Thugs," the first single from "HAUNTED CITIES," is already being embraced by radio and video outlets across the country. Even before its official May 24th impact date, the track has picked up a slew of early airplay, including adds at such high-profile stations as KROQ/L.A., FNX/Boston, 99X/Atlanta, The End/Seattle, 91X/San Diego, KWOD/Sacramento, and more. Transplants will play KROQ's annual "Weenie Roast" festival this Saturday, May 21st.

The "Gangsters And Thugs" video, directed by Estevan Oriol (Blink-182, Cypress Hill) is currently "Oven Fresh" on Fuse, where it has also been added into full rotation. MTV2 will air a half-hour episode of their "Makes A Video" series featuring the "Gangsters And Thugs" clip. In addition, Transplants' entire "HAUNTED CITIES" album can be heard on MTV2.com's "The Leak" for a full week leading up to its June 21st release date.

Transplants first came together in 1999 as the experimental brainchild of Rancid guitarist/vocalist Tim Armstrong, rapper Rob Aston, and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. In 2002, the group released their self-titled debut album on Armstrong's Hellcat Records. The following year, Barker -- whose other credits include Box Car Racer and MTV's "Meet The Barkers" -- formed La Salle Records. The Atlantic-distributed La Salle roster also includes The Kinison and The Nervous Return. Collectively, Armstrong, Aston, and Barker have sold some 15 million albums in the U.S. alone.

"Here we are with a new Transplants album," says Aston. "I've always had a hard time describing our records, being as though all three of us have different backgrounds and all three of us live different lives, but what I can tell you is that 'HAUNTED CITIES' is unlike anything else. With guest appearances by the Boo-Yaa Tribe, Rakaa from Dilated Peoples, B-Real, and Sen Dog from Cypress Hill, people ain't gonna know what hit 'em."

To celebrate the release of "HAUNTED CITIES," Transplants are slated to headline this summer's Vans Warped Tour. The two-month, cross-country trek kicks off June 18th in Columbus, Ohio, and wraps August 15th in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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