Even though we genuinely thought nobody cared enough, our last album, Gang of Losers, was leaked. This savagely brutalised our “first week sales” and other chart silliness, archaic statistics still coveted by labels. Circumventing the leak remains a genuine concern, because even the little guy (i.e. us) is vulnerable. Leaks are cold, selfish and heartless acts, which is why I found this article entertaining:
I mean really, the business of selling physical records is declining…at least as the business as it has been structured in the past. People still want to buy and support music, just not in the way they used to. We’ve just got stuck in the crossfire, the undertow of a changing current.
The Dears’ business ethic? Onward. Forever onward.