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Thursday, December 22, 2005

“Just gimmie a scene where the music is free.”

Posted by on December 22 at 12:12 PM

Against Me! has gone major.

The Florida punk band confirmed rumors that they’ve signed to Sire Records, a subsidiary of the Warner Music Group (which is also home to labels including Reprise, Rhino, Elektra, and Warner Bros.).

A new record will be released in 2007.

I’m not sure what to say about that, other than maybe quote the band themselves…

“We want a band that plays loud and hard every night / That doesn’t care how many people are counted at the door / That would travel one million miles / and ask for nothing more than a plate of food and a place to rest.”

I guess a big-money major label contract would feel pretty good too, eh? Then again, that song (“Reinventing Axl Rose”) was written in the band’s early days. And they never said they wouldn’t sign to a major if the right opportunity came their way… still, it leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

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I can't wait to see these guys on the OC or One Tree Hill! After that I look forward to the day they start hawking mini-vans, french fries and lite beer!

It's all the rage for indie bands.

If they show up in Tiger Beat, like Fall Out Boy recently did, I'm gonna vomit.

Aw, more people get to hear their music, they can finally quit their day jobs and do what they are clearly passionate about doing... I'm stoked!

Even though "having your song played on one tree hill" is the new "getting your song into a car commercial", I like that good bands are getting major (lite) deals, making pursuing a career making non-crap music practical.

Of course you're right, it always leaves a bad taste because there are so many sad examples of this going awry in the past. Still, I like the idea of all the broke and talented musicians I know paying their rent on time and getting to quit their shitty pizza/messenger jobs to focus on the music.

Is there any way that we, as consumers, can help cultivate a system where label influence on bands' recordings is minimal or zilch?

I look forward to the day I can roll up to Wal*Mart in my F-150 and buy Fugazi, Fall Out Boy, Avenge Sevenfold and Kraftwerk remixes while I get the latest fashion items sticthed together by some 8-year-old Chinese boy.

Fuck yeah.

That's retarded. Do I even need to explain the difference between... sigh, never mind. Enjoy your cred and your F-150.

see. the fact that their dvd [released last year] was focused on not signing to a major, im not sure how they can seriously do this. did their communal testes crawl back into their torsos? how can you make a huge point of -not- signing to a major, and then turn around and uhh ... sign to a major?

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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