How did Six Gallery land the record deal that will put their album in stores across two continents and send them on tour? Persistence, peculiarity and - as always in these stories - a little luck.

How did Six Gallery land the record deal that will put their album in stores across two continents and send them on tour? Persistence, peculiarity and - as always in these stories - a little luck.

The brainy Columbus rock quintet signed this month with Superball, a German record label whose roster includes Euro favorites Oceansize and Texas art-punks ...Trail of Dead. Thanks to Superball's recent partnership with worldwide indie power Century Media, Six Gallery's debut Breakthroughs in Modern Art will get worldwide distribution through EMI Music when it's re-released this March.

The band is in the midst of planning European and U.S. tours to coincide with the album's release and hopes to hit the road as much as possible next year, work permitting.

"If we can be out, we're going to be out," singer Daniel Francis said.

They're also hoping to have Breakthroughs in Hollister stores nationwide now that they'll have enough copies of the album to fulfill an earlier offer from the clothing company's music supervisor.

The connection that made these opportunities a reality came as a result of tireless e-mailing from guitarist Ben Schreiber. He sought out record labels, booking agents and whatever music industry connection he could find, sending each one promotional e-mails with the subject line "Teenage Mutant Harry Potter" to catch people's attention.

His bandmates questioned the wisdom of such a bizarre tactic, but they started getting responses, so they kept sending messages - "easily thousands of e-mails," Schreiber said. One of them garnered a passionate response; unfortunately, it was passionately negative.

"He's like, 'I don't like your record, and here's why.' And he gave two paragraphs in great detail," Schreiber said. "And I was like, wow, not only does this guy not like us, he's a dick."

Schreiber dismissed the message, but Six Gallery's producer and manager, Austin Briggs, followed up, thanking the vocal critic for his feedback and asking if he knew anyone who would like it. Sure enough, the guy passed it along to Superball head Thomas Waber, who liked Breakthroughs and eventually decided to sign Six Gallery. Voila!

All that persistence would have been for naught had they not made an album worth listening to. For Six Gallery, it was a grueling process akin to running a marathon at sprint speed.

After forming at Ohio University five years ago as an instrumental math-rock band, Six Gallery added Francis on vocals in late 2008.

They originally tried to have Francis sing over their old material but soon decided to scrap everything and start over, applying Schreiber and Will Vokac's dual guitar finger-tapping acrobatics and post-rock soundscapes to an emotive pop framework.

The band spent the first half of this year shacked up at drummer Ben Miller's Central City Recording whenever the facility was available, writing songs in the studio and immediately committing them to tape (or hard drive, as it were). They had to go back and re-record some parts when Briggs' belongings, including a hard drive with Six Gallery's album-in-progress, were stolen during a move.

After months of overnight writing and recording sessions, they managed to get the album out by their self-imposed deadline of ComFest weekend.

"I don't even remember writing this record," bassist Alex Weinhardt said. "I'm excited to write again because to me we've never done it before."

They're taking two months off after a show Friday at Skully's to do just that: write new tunes and arrange the current ones into two streamlined sets for next year's shows.

The band is excited about the prospect of creating without a deadline, but they won't be too quick to abandon the Breakthroughs material. If all goes as they hope, it'll be a while before they have a spare minute to record something new.