For now, head to www.thectsound.com/yabb (where this will eventually move to) for all your Connecticut underground needs.
So you might be asking yourself, as I am, why attend two ska fests in one month?
Tell me about Download Day.
This is the third one we’re doing. Community Records has a lot of mp3s for free download, and instead of putting albums up randomly or trying to promote each album at one time, we just put six or eight or nine albums up at one time from different bands. That way there can be a lot of promotion, we can get people to check out a lot of different music for free at the same time.
How long are the downloads available for?
They stay up on the website until we stop being a website.
How have The Flaming Tsunamis impacted you?
They’ve been highly influential. For years they’ve worked really hard and created music that’s really weird but likeable. I’m pretty sad that they’re deciding to call it quits, but I understand. I’m happy they’re trying to put together one last record. I’m excited about that, excited that community records can be a part of that.
When’s the release going to be? What are Community’s other plans for the record?
Tentatively October. That’s the goal. We’re still trying to figure out how we’re going to do the mp3s with vinyl, since they probably aren’t going to be touring a whole lot… the advantage of giving away mp3s is reduced. For sure, there’s going to be a really cool vinyl with some sort of weird colors and patterns and packaging. The vinyl might come with the CD instead of trying to sell them separately. We haven’t figured out yet how digital distribution is going to go.
Who else besides The Flaming Tsunamis are going to have material up for free download?
A Billion Ernies, Informant from Texas, which has members who used to be from Detonate. It’s their brand new album, they kind of sound like RX Bandits-like ska but a little bit more punk. We’re also putting up albums from Arm the Poor and Infamous Jake.
Explain a little bit of the process behind Download Day.
We get the word out through messageboards and our newsletter. Every time someone new comes- we ask people to submit as much info as they want, but we ask for their name, city, thoughts/comments on the label and e-mail address.
The only thing you really need to fill out is your e-mail to get an automatic response in your inbox that has a link to all the mp3s. We look at the e-mails and look at what people are saying for one, but we also put them on a newsletter to let them know about future stuff in case of another Download Day or a record coming out or a tour or whatever.
I know people can very easily crack the code of getting into the website, because we don’t have any firewalls or anything like that. Some people are weird about giving out their e-mail or getting on a newsletter. It’s not that we’re trying to hold it back from anybody, we’re just trying to get the music out to the people who want it.
What are your thoughts on the downloading wave versus physical formats like vinyl and CD-Rs?
I think that there’s obviously room for both to exist. Downloading won’t eradicate the idea of having physical albums. As far as music ‘sales’ go, there needs to be less emphasis on selling albums, because it’s pretty obvious that music arrives for free in front of people.
In terms of underground music, mp3s should be either really cheap or free for the most part. There’s just way more added benefit of having someone hear your band and potentially liking it than having to sell them something and getting a small amount of money from it. I think that there are other ways to make a living off of music than having to put a stranglehold on physical albums.
If you’re trying to make a living off of it, it’s one thing. But as far as free mp3s go, I feel like it really-- in the end-- helps live shows where people can much more easily have a connection with your band. They don’t have to pay anything to be introduced to what you’re trying to do as a musician. The barriers of entry to figure out what the band is all about are diminished or nonexistent.
Donations have been a really small part of the label’s income, but we have it available. I feel that it’s better to put out physical albums and t-shirts or whatever else so when they give money to the label, they get something tangible in return.
Any last words?
If there’s anyone who’s reading this who’s familiar with us in the past, thanks for paying attention and caring and giving us your support. We started this a little over a year ago and it’s more successful than we’d ever hoped for and it’s all because people care.
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Why this Weekend Will Be Great Reason #2
Basically what happened is the American Legion members had an unscheduled meeting tonight because the guy who lives across the street hired a lawyer so he could meet with the board members and make a case for why they shouldn't do shows there, and how he was considering suing etc etc etc. So he brings his lawyer to the meeting, and the lawyer makes a long speech to the legion members about how there are people doing intravenous drugs, having sex, drinking, urinating in public, making noise past the noise ordnance time etc. That's the abridged version. Is everything that happens at the legion squeaky clean fun? no but what this guy and his lawyer were saying was over the top, and obviously the board members bought it and they passed a motion to ban bands from playing there.
Mr. Smith has handed over the hall rental responsibilities to whoever is in charge of the legion now, and it looks like no shows will be happening there anytime soon.