Harvey Danger has reunited (well, the drummer’s new) and recorded a new album, Little by Little. Great news if you’re a fan (I’m one) – they basically self-destructed after the second album. I’m glad they got back together. While I won’t say they “rock” exactly (I’d place them somewhere on the spectrum between Weezer and Death Cab for Cutie), I really like their sound and their lyrics are always interesting.
Anyhow, the cool part is this: they’ve made the whole album available for free download from their site. Their reasons, in part:
In preparing to self-release our new album, we thought long and hard about how best to use the internet. Given our unusual history, and a long-held sense that the practice now being demonized by the music biz as â€œillegalâ€ file sharing can be a friend to the independent musician, we have decided to embrace the indisputable fact of music in the 21st century, put our money where our mouth is, and make our record, Little By Littleâ€¦, available for download via Bittorrent, and at our website. Weâ€™re not streaming, or offering 30-second song samples, or annoying you with digital rights management software; weâ€™re putting up the whole record, for free, forever. Full stop. Please help yourself; if you like it, please share with friends.
(Read the whole thing here.)
I think it’s a great move. They’re not the first to do it (Wilco did it, and I’m sure others have too), but it’s cool to see a band confident enough to give their music away and hope that the fans respond by buying the album, and coming to see their shows.
So, support them by at least downloading the album and listening through it once. It’s free! If you don’t like it, delete it. If you do like it, support them by passing it on and/or buying a physical copy. Check out their back catalog too. I think their first album, Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone is the best.