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February 24, 2012
Ska band Streetlight Manifesto -- fronted by Tomas Kalnoky, founder of Catch 22 -- have asked their fans to stop buying their albums and other various merchandise. Well, at least from any source that isn't their own website or at one of their concerts. It's all part of their increasingly stressed relationship with the label to which they are currently signed; Victory Records.
The post on their website eschewed mentioning specific grievances, likely to keep things as lawsuit free as possible, but they don't speak favorably of Victory in general. "...artist-hostile, morally corrupt, and generally dishonest company, with whom we have had the displeasure of being associated due to a contract that was signed years ago." are some of the more choices words.
The band has their third proper full-length in the works for this summer, which will complete their contract, and they aren't concerned with how you get your hands on it as long as it doesn't involve giving money to the label. In situations like this, I always wish bands would just record an hour of themselves randomly yelling obscenities into a microphone and release it to fulfill the label's requirements, then put the real album out with someone else. That'd be much funnier.
If you want to read up on some of the lawsuits and battles Victory has had with their own signed artists, their Wikipedia page has a fair amount of examples. Otherwise there are some Streetlight songs after the jump to entertain you.
The Big Sleep
Would You Be Impressed?
Source: Band Website