Artist of the day: Room Full of Strangers
Anarchic Orlando garage punks Room Full of Strangers have always been an odd group of souls — see the photo above, for example, or the fact that they perform almost every show in ski masks — but this might be their strangest move yet.
The group is selling its new five-song EP online for $10,000. (That sounds like a lot, but if you think about it, that’s only $2,000 per song. It’s a steal!)
The goal, said singer Mick “Dagger” Mcluan, is to make a statement about the value of music to the artists who create it. He no longer believes artists should give their music away for free — “It’s not helping out the artists, it’s not helping out the fans,” he said — because he believes it doesn’t encourage fans to come to live shows, which is where more and more artists make the bulk of their income. Besides, at the end of the day, what difference does it make whether you give away music or sell it for $10,000? Odds are you won’t see any money either way.
Instead, he said, Room Full of Strangers will sell the album, titled 10,000, for a reasonable price at their live shows, which are strong enough to have earned them slots at the CMJ Music Marathon and CBGB Festival in New York. “What it really comes down to is a sense of community and people enjoying something,” he said. “It’s not about extracting money from someone. It’s about people gladly experiencing something.”
For what it’s worth, Mcluan said 10,000 cost the band $10,000 to make. So if you do buy a copy, you’ll be covering their entire recording budget.
The group will hold a CD release show on Friday at the Local 662 in St. Petersburg alongside Alias Punch. Tickets are $7, so if you’re on a budget, that might be the best way to hear the band’s new music. Click here for details.