I got a letter the other day from one Alithea O'Dell, who wrote, "Megan: Why the crap haven't you mentioned Kane Hodder's signed to Fueled by Ramen and [their] upcoming tour with mother-fucking Less Than Jake?!"

Well Alithea, that's an excellent question. The answer is because I kind of forgot to. But yes, the rumors are true. Last month the now Seattle quintet put pen to paper, finalizing a deal with the Florida label that's also home to Roy, Fall Out Boy, and Less Than Jake.

"It's exciting to be a part of a label that has a history behind it," says Hodder frontman Andrew Moore. "They have a really strong ethic. They weren't just looking for good music, they were also looking for people they could get along with and knew were going to work hard. And they're not just thinking about selling records, that's not the only priority for them."

On April 12, FBR will re-release the band's 2004 full-length The Pleasure to Remain So Heartless with new artwork and a limited-edition DVD featuring the recently shot music video for "I Think Patrick Swayze Is Sexy," as well as live footage, behind-the-scenes hilarity, and a photo gallery that spans the band's entire career.

Around the same time as the disc comes out, the boys will do a couple months of heavy road-tripping with new labelmates Less Than Jake (dates to be announced soon). And actually, Hodder have already been on the road for a few days now (they left last weekend for a sprint down the coast with Before Today). The short tour includes a stop back home on Tuesday March 1 at El Corazòn with Before Today, Valley for the Dinosaurs, How the Mighty Have Fallen, and Tex. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. and costs $9, so go give 'em a congratulatory high five.

In other signing news, the Fall of Troy inked a deal of their own--with Equal Vision, making them labelmates with the likes of Vaux, Coheed and Cambria, and Converge.

"We went with Equal Vision because they have a reputation for treating their bands really well" says Fall of Troy guitarist/vocalist Thomas Erak. "Plus the roster is super eclectic. We're not just on a pop label or a hardcore label. I don't wanna get lumped into a certain category, it's not our style."

The deal was finalized just a couple weeks ago, and after a show this weekend, they'll duck into the studio for most of March to record their second full-length with Barrett Jones (who has also worked with Nirvana, the Foo Fighters, and the Melvins). They'll hit the road for a West Coast tour in April, and if all goes as planned, the full-length will possibly be released as early as late spring/early summer.

In the meantime, Fall of Troy will be at El Corazòn on Saturday the 26th with Get Dressed, Claymore, and Mon Frere. The show starts early at 5:00 p.m. and costs $8. MEGAN SELING

megan@thestranger.com

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