The SunThe Sun online’s Bizarre column is the next major publication to feature an article on The Crimea’s free album download. It’s so good, one wonders what they want. Anyway, the article’s dated today so you may find a copy in your local newsagent too. If so, let me know as I have some shopping to do.

Regular Crimea news source The Irish Times also mention the free download. It’s written by Jim Carrol, a DJ for Dublin’s Phantom 105.2 who reguarly spits out a few Crimea tunes on his show. Speaking of which, Colin Murray’ll be spinning a new one later today.

Israeli blog ?????? (Tachograph) has a rough translation of the Guardian’s Crimea article in Hebrew (thanks Stefab). Speaking of which, the Guardian’s article was the 2nd lead story on their music page yesterday, which again helps to explain the amount of hits to the site in the past 24hrs being more than there’s been in the past 4 weeks.

And here’s another version of the Reading Fez gig preview posted yesterday. This one’s from the BBC and has a larger version of the same pic.

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Give away … The Crimea offer free downloads

AN indie band will make history this month – by becoming the first established act to GIVE AWAY a new album on the internet.

London rockers The Crimea will let anyone download the self-funded Secrets Of The Witching Hour for free despite spending thousands on writing and recording it.

Record companies and top-selling artists will be aghast at the precedent being set — what is known as an intellectual property being released on the net for nothing.

As far as the industry is concerned, it is all very well giving away the odd single as a promotional tool (not least because sales of physical singles are so weak) but giving a whole album away is considered total madness.

Record execs fear the young, iPod-obsessed generation will soon come to believe music should ALWAYS be free and that in future they will refuse to pay for it at all.

The British Phonographic Industry have worked tirelessly to get their message across; that it is not acceptable to download music illegally — and that those caught will be convicted of a serious crime.

But fans are still downloading music illegally or listening to it for free legally via sites such as MySpace.

Unfortunately, piracy is almost impossible to prevent.

So there is method to The Crimea’s madness.

Band members Davey MacManus, Andrew Norton, Owen Hopkin, Andrew Stafford and Joseph Udwin have been in the business for years.

Singer Davey and drummer Owen had some success — and a major label record deal — with former band The Crocketts.

They are not daft enough to spend a fortune making a record they have no intention of making any money from.

The idea is that by getting their music to a wider audience they will recoup what they spent through future concert ticket sales, merchandise and licensing deals, making more than they would have done from sales alone.

Their previous album, Tragedy Rocks, shifted 35,000 copies. That was not enough for their label, Warner, who dropped them last year.

This is a great publicity stunt, designed to make sure music fans who have never listened to The Crimea will download the tracks.

If they like what they hear, perhaps they will pay to see them perform live.

And the band are not the only ones turning their backs on record labels as a way of distributing their music.

Sir Paul McCartney recently sent shockwaves around the industry when he chose not to re-sign with a traditional label — but did a deal with coffee giants Starbucks instead.

The former Beatle decided he would get his new material to a wider audience that way.

Sir Paul, who struggles to get much radio airplay for his newer songs, will now be able to reach a potential 45million Starbucks customers on the day his new album is released around the world.

I’m convinced other established arists, such as the Rolling Stones or Sir Elton John, may follow suit by signing with global companies offering similarly enticing deals.

But I’m not convinced The Crimea will start a revolution in the short term.

Big acts such as U2, Coldplay and Oasis know they can continue to sell millions of copies of their albums over the counter even if some fans choose to download the albums illegally.

But, in ten to 15 years time, when today’s teenagers have grown up expecting to get their music for free, big artists could be FORCED to make their music available for free, while looking for different ways to make money.

Article by Victoria Newton for The Sun, 01/05/07.

Future is free for The Crimea

One of the albums of the year is set to be given away for free. The Crimea, the band fronted by Dubliner Davey MacManus, will give away their excellent new album, “Secrets of the Witching Hour”, as a free download from their website from May 12.

While the band released their debut album “Tragedy Rocks” on Warner Music, they see the move into a download free-for-all as a new business model which will help them boost their live audience and merchandise sales.

It’s an audacious move. While many acts are happy to give away tracks as samplers for forthcoming albums (and there are even a few band-approved sites like who give away large chunks of albums), The Crimea are one of the first to come out and state that CD sales are not the be all and end all of revenue streams.

Review by Jim Carroll for The Irish Times, 27/04/07.

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6 Responses to “Bizzare? You’re Not Wrong”

  1. Peter says:

    Check out Tav interview on RTE Radio 1, Dave Fanning, biggest DJ over here in Dublin.


  2. Peter says:

    Sorry, its on Drivetime with Dave from 30th April,

  3. Christopher says:

    cheers. what time is it in the recording? (i presume this one… )

  4. Peter says:

    About 6.30 mins in I think, also, hopefully Tom Dunne from Today Fm will be playing it this week, Ta. P

  5. the gibberish post in the foreign blog (“tachograph”) is just a 40 word translation of the guardian article. cheers from israel, the language is hebrew

  6. Christopher says:

    Thanks. Welcome to Crimea land :)

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