A couple of years ago, when I started exploring deeper and deeper the independent music scene, I was struck with a handful of bands that were under the independent Livewire Recordings label. One day I decided to order up a handful of CD's and had them delivered to expat daughter and she was able to get me copies of the music (since I can't trust the mail system to deliver CD's to me). The album I purchased was The Land of No Output, which they later refined and recorded as Porcelain Empire.
The notice at Insomnia Radio was that the band were working on a new album, but were in need of some cash to get themselves the time to get it done. In trying to raise some dough, they produced a 3 song EP, Pinebox...available on their website.
We are close to finishing our second album "Church of the Haunted South" To help us finish paying for it we are selling an advance copy of 3 of the new songs. So for the next few weeks for $3.99 you can download the "Pinebox EP" which features the songs: 'Pinebox', and the demo versions of 'Autumn Movement', and 'the Heart is Scarlett'.
The songs were recorded in Austin, TX @ Cacophony Recorders and Super!Alright! and produced by Danny Reisch and Mitch Billeaud (check out their band here: www.myspace.com/thelemurs)
Please spread the word on this. We're very excited about the songs and can't wait to finish
OK...so why am I plugging these guys? Well, I went to the sight and plopped down the massive sum of $3.99 for the 3 song download. I got them on my laptop and turned them up...I liked what I heard and listened again and again. The next day, I get an email from the band (specifically, Gina Asalon, the keyboardist), thanking me for buying the CD and telling me how cool it was that I was ALL the way in China, and I was still able to keep up with their music.
Think of it...I plunked FOUR BUCKS on an EP of demo music...and they thanked me! As I told Gina, neither Eric Clapton, Tom Scholz, Mark Knopfler or Phil Collins ever thanked me for the hundreds of $$$ I have spent on their music over the years...and she thanked me for $4.
Get over there and buy the EP...now.