Its not uncommon. Woe Is Me did the same thing. Posted three demos and got signed to Rise. Of Mice and Men released 1 demo and got signed. Both didn't play any shows
Really? Dang. I don't really know anything about how stuff like that works, but at least with OM&M they had already done business with Austin Carlile in the past. Funny, though, the two bands on the label with the most annoying drama are Woe and That's Outrageous...probably not a coincidence considering they both basically got deals just handed to them.