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Pennywise Sign With Myspace, Give Away Album for Free

Posted by - 07:11 AM on 12/21/07
Pennywise have inked a deal with Myspace Records to give their upcoming album, Free to the People, away as a free download for two weeks starting March 25, 2008. A CD/DVD will also be sold at retail that day. Full information can be found in the replies.
Key Quote"We know that this will piss off a lot of people in the music industry," says guitarist Fletcher Dragge, "And what do we say to that? 'Who cares?' We've been pissing people off for 18 years. Why stop now?"
 
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07:12 AM on 12/21/07
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PENNYWISE…FREE TO THE PEOPLE
BAND INKS LANDMARK PARTNERSHIP WITH MYSPACE RECORDS
TO GIVE AWAY UPCOMING CD FOR FREE IN MARCH 2008



Back in 2001, Pennywise called their album Land Of The Free? (the question mark pointed out the inequities of modern existence).

Now, in 2008, Pennywise--one of punk's most credible and influential bands,who've sold over three million albums worldwide--will be giving away their next album for FREE. Beginning March 25, 2008, fans around the world will be able to obtain a high quality, DRM-free download from MySpace for a period of two weeks. Longtime PENNYWISE fan and seasoned producer Cameron Webb (Social Distortion, Motorhead, Sum 41) has signed on to produce and mix the upcoming CD.

This music industry precedent is a result of the collaboration between the seminal Southern California punk band, their new label MySpace Records, MySpace.com and Textango (provider of creative solutions for distributing music via text messaging). This marks the first time a U.S. record label has provided an artist with the opportunity to offer a new album free of charge and the first time MySpace has offered a full album download with a worldwide push.

On the same day, PENNYWISE and MySpace Records will also release an enhanced CD/DVD version of the as-yet-untitled disc to retail outlets for sale, with the CD containing the same songs as the downloadable version. There will also be a vinyl version available with two extra exclusive tracks.

To download the album for free beginning March 25, 2008, users simply have to add promotional partner "Textango" (www.myspace.com/textango ) as a MySpace friend (anyone can create a MySpace account for free).

"We know that this will piss off a lot of people in the music industry," says guitarist FLETCHER DRAGGE, "and what do we say to that? 'Who cares?' We've been pissing people off for 18 years. Why stop now? We have been telling people to get our records by any mean necessary for 17 years. As a band, we decided that it was time to come to terms with the facts. There are a lot of people out there who want their music for free, so we got proactive and with the help of MySpace Records and Textango we found away to make it happen...we couldn't be more stoked…PENNYWISE FREE TO THE PEOPLE."

Says lead vocalist JIM LINDBERG: "I think for a band like ours that has put out eight albums already, it's a great way to give back to our fans for their support over the years. We can also potentially expose our music and message to people around the world who may have never had the opportunity to hear it because they either couldn't afford to buy a CD or they didn't have access to music outlets or good distribution. It's a way for us to instantly expand our music into places it's never been before. Maybe there's someone in Sri Lanka that is a huge Pennywise fan but just doesn't know it yet."

Adds FLETCHER: "All on the same day--March 25--you will be able to go out and buy our new record, download it and then go buy it, or just download it for free and sit back and check it out. How cool is that…an option for all ways of thinking?"

"Getting it for free is like being able to take something for a test drive," says JIM. "There will be some extras that come with the actual physical CD and a few bonus tracks on the vinyl version which we think will help get more people going into their local independent record stores."

The upcoming disc from PENNYWISE--JIM LINDBERG (vocals), FLETCHER DRAGGE (guitars), BYRON MCMACKIN (drums) and RANDY BRADBURY (bass)--will mark their ninth studio album after having enjoyed a successful lengthy relationship with Epitaph, where they released their self-titled debut album in 1991. The new album "will be a combination of what are fans expect from us with a few curveballs thrown in here and there," says JIM. "We have to be happy with what we're doing before anyone else, so it will all be about trying to challenge ourselves."
07:26 AM on 12/21/07
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that's cool, but i doubt many people would be mad about it?
07:28 AM on 12/21/07
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Pretty cool I guess
07:30 AM on 12/21/07
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Good job guys, even though I haven't heard any of your stuff since "Straight Ahead" came out.
07:35 AM on 12/21/07
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Corporate sponsorship- so punk.

I'm not trying to bash Pennywise or anything, but this move just seems a little hypocritical to me. Who knows how this will work out though? I guess time will tell.
07:51 AM on 12/21/07
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07:54 AM on 12/21/07
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Corporate sponsorship- so punk.

I'm not trying to bash Pennywise or anything, but this move just seems a little hypocritical to me. Who knows how this will work out though? I guess time will tell.
I guess it's more punk than releasing it through a record company and making you pay for it. They are giving you a record for free.
08:18 AM on 12/21/07
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yeah. the industry is about to miss out on a total of 25,000 record sales over the next 10 years because of this. i doubt you're pissing anyone off pennywise. you're outdated and all you're doing is a less cool version of what bands have been doing now for a while. the format, radiohead, etc. who cares? shut up.
08:27 AM on 12/21/07
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hmmmm...May be an attempt to win some fans after all these years. but I doubt it. No one really cares.
08:34 AM on 12/21/07
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Haha man, if I were in a band and I read posts like these about my band, I'd be pretty depressed.
08:40 AM on 12/21/07
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that's cool, but i doubt many people would be mad about it?


I can't believe Universal is letting them do this as MySpace Records is a subsidiary. And as we all remember, Universal put that requirement to only have 90-second clips available online.
08:40 AM on 12/21/07
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i wonder if this record will sound like every other pennywise record....
08:51 AM on 12/21/07
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wow thats pretty surprising. i'm not bashing them at all though, i'm just surprised. i think it'll be a good move for them actually
08:51 AM on 12/21/07
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talk about not punk. 14 year old girls prolly don't even know who the dead kennedys are.

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