One of the best known names in European sound rentals, Audiolease, has been relaunched following the purchase of Electrotec Productions Ltd from its owners Aura Systems Inc. by Steve Sunderland.

“I’d been keen for a long time to get back into sound rental,” commented Sunderland, “and this seemed a logical route to go down.”

Operations manager is Dave Chamberlain, while Steve’s brother Tim, a partner in the original AudioLease, is assisting with the relaunch in a consultancy role.

The company’s first work came immediately after the deal with a full European tour headlined by Motorhead, concurrent with a string of UK dates with comedy rock duo Tenacious D.

Audiolease’s rental equipment is centered on Midas and Yamaha control systems, the JBL-based Audiolease A2 PA system, and its well-known JBL powered monitor systems. The company is also currently in a position to offer V-DOSC line-array systems.

“We’re concentrating on providing a top quality service with top quality equipment,” says Sunderland. “Our staff, clients and many other friends in the industry have been extremely supportive and enthusiastic,” continues Sunderland, “and we’re looking forward to a very busy spring.”

The original Audiolease was formed by the Sunderland brothers in 1979 at the height of punk, providing sound for such luminaries as Siouxsie and the Banshees and Public Image, along with the Eurythmics, the Thompson Twins, Depeche Mode, Motorhead, Bob Dylan and Green Day.