In a Press Release issued yesterday, Monday, March 2nd, 2009, Kingsway Communications announced its acquisition of Fierce! Distribution. This places the actual distribution process in the hands of STL. The announcement was accompanied by a note asking retailers for patience whilst the transition takes place, reiterated in the press release itself:
All sales placed on and after today (Friday 27th February) will be processed by STL. Please allow a period of grace for this transition.
The merger should secure the future for Fierce!, which was inevitably brought into question following last year’s announcement that Delirious? would be disbanding. It takes place with the full blessing of Martin Smith and the band, who commented:
Fierce! has been our UK/International distributor for the last 8 years and we are so pleased to be passing our ‘baby’ onto Kingsway to take forward the Delirious? catalogue and our future releases.