In the wake of RADIOHEAD frontman THOM YORKE's recent criticism of music-streaming platform Spotify, British metallers THE MORE I SEE have spoken out in support of the service and the huge benefits it can bring to developing artists.
While such big-name artists as METALLICA and PINK FLOYD have recently joined Spotify, YORKE claims that new artists cannot expect to make any money from the service. However, THE MORE I SEE argue that Spotify offers much more by exposing bands to a wider audience, having supported TMIS with an exclusive launch of their new EP with the same global marketing recently offered to the likes of DAFT PUNK and CAZZETTE.
THE MORE I SEE lead guitarist and founding member GIZZ BUTT comments:
"In the late '90s, Radiohead were the alternative band that I loved the most; so much so that they influenced much of my own songwriting between 2000 and 2003. Reading Thom Yorke give the thumbs down to Spotify could be relevant to my band, The More I See, as yesterday our 3-track EP was 'launched' through Spotify, so hearing about profiteering shareholders and unpaid new artists could make me anxious, no doubt. However, we are in an era where people need introductions in new ways. It's not gonna happen through listening booths in HMV and it's not gonna happen through John Peel. Not anymore.
"I've already made purchases from recommendations which I checked out firstly on Spotify and then I made my purchase. Online, of course. Today I asked a young guitar player, 14 years old, 'Have you heard of the band Radiohead?', to which he replied, 'Who?'. You can guess that would be the answer from a generation that are ignorant of The Sex Pistols, The Clash and even Joy Division! Would you say rock is dead? Try saying that to Guns N' Roses and Black Sabbath - and they are most certainly on Spotify.
"Thom Yorke gave us an idea that it may work out to 'give your music away'. We tried it with our second album. Biggest mistake I've ever made as an artist. So now Thom says 'Veto Spotify!'. Tell you what, 'Yorkie'... I'll trust my own instincts, OK."
Listen to "The Eye That Offends EP" from THE MORE I SEE exclusively on Spotify at http://spoti.fi/18geI9B
The official music video for the track, "The Eye That Offends", which was filmed on the actual set of Star Wars in Tunisia, is available to watch now at http://youtu.be/5KkkiHYp6nY
"The Eye That Offends" is taken from THE MORE I SEE's new studio album, THE DISAPPEARING HUMANS, which is due to be released on August 26th in Europe on Earache Records, and on October 1st in the USA via Century Media/Earache Records. The album was mixed by producer SCOTT ATKINS (SYLOSIS, BEHEMOTH, SAVAGE MESSIAH) and mastered at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios with STEVE ROOKE (THE BEATLES).
Pre-order THE DISAPPEARING HUMANS now from the Earache Webstore in Europe at http://bit.ly/10W7yFp or in North America at http://bit.ly/13krQVH
THE DISAPPEARING HUMANS is also available to pre-order now on iTunes, featuring an exclusive bonus track, at http://bit.ly/11Qcxdh
TMIS will be celebrating the release of THE DISAPPEARING HUMANS with a show at The Garage in London on August 27th. Get tickets for the show now at http://bit.ly/13kMLIf
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