Ulrich: Lars And In Charge With Systematic

Drummer signs S.F. fivesome to imprint, masters debut LP

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich is in New York City mastering the debut LP by Systematic, a San Francisco band he discovered and signed to his imprint, The Music Company.

Produced by Peter Collins (Rush, Queensrÿche), the as-yet-untitled album is slated for a May release, according to Systematic's spokesperson.

As legend has it, Metallica were putting the finishing touches on their latest album, 1999's S&M, in a Sausalito, California, studio, when Ulrich stepped into the hallway and overheard a studio engineer playing Systematic's demo tape. Suitably impressed, Ulrich obtained a copy to play for his TMC partners, Dan McCarrol and Tim Duffy, and they sought the band out at a local gig and signed them soon after.

Systematic — singer/guitarist Tim Narducci, guitarist Adam Ruppel, bassist Nick St. Denis, and drummer Shaun Bannon — are currently touring with Nothingface on their first-ever national outing.

The Music Company was founded in 1998 and includes DDT, Goudie, and a new signing from Atlanta, Brand New Immortals, on its roster. The imprint is distributed by Elektra Records