...Maybe I'm being naieve. But wouldn't it stand to reason that--and this is a wild and crazy idea--just maybe there are bands out there who are in it for the love? And write music because they feel compelled to? As opposed to being concerned about popularity?
It's a marginally succesful band trying something new in a f(l)ailing industry. And while it may not be a "revolutionary" or "new" idea, if you throw the word "relatively" in front of those two adjectives, it fits. Pennywise is doing something that the vast majority of bands can't/won't do. Who cares if Radiohead, Saul Williams, and Jeff Rosenthstock(sp?) are already doing it?
It doesn't make the "experiment" any less worth trying. If at first you don't succeed...
It's been tried. For all intents and purposes, it failed. At least vary the method a little bit if you're going to make a big deal about it and don't try to say you're going to *gasp* piss of people by doing it. You won't, no one cares. It's Pennywise.
I"m not doubting their love or compulsion to write and record songs. Go ahead, just don't act like you're turning "the industry" (which you weren't all that big a part of anyway) on it's side by giving away the thing for free. Plenty of bands give out their albums for free outside of venues or in piles at the front of record stores already.