How does a band make money in the post-physical (post-iTunes even) days of Spotify, peer-to-peer sharing and questions like ‘what’s a CD, Dad?’
It’s a good question, and the most obvious answer is ‘playing live’. But this in itself raises another serious issue- how does a band fund a tour to make money, when nobody is buying music anymore?
Well, if you’re in Wheatus, the former-twenty-somethings who shot to fame back around the turn of the millennium via their angsty adolescent anthem, Teenage Dirtbag , the solution could well be on the very platform that has single-handedly done more to destroy the record industry than anything else; digital.
“It’s an interesting paradox that people won’t buy music, but they still buy the stuff to make it and that we can carry on that way,” explains the band’s frontman, producer and songwriter, Brendan B. Brown. For those staring at this page in confusion, he’s talking about the way in which the outfit’s tours are paid for by selling the kit from the last road trip on websites like eBay. “Together, we found a way forward.”
It’s certainly raised enough cash to fly them across the Atlantic to play their first UK and Irish dates in some time, with a full tour scheduled for October now booking. The performances will include a rendition of their eponymous debut (from which Teenage Dirtbag is taken), in its entirety, along with choice classics from their second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh offerings (one in the eye for those who thought they were a one-hit wonder kind of troupe).
Wheatus kick off their 15th Anniversary shows in Newton Abbot, at The Jolly Farmer, on 18th September, before undertaking a mammoth string of 19 more shows, taking them from Leeds to London, Glasgow to Guildford, finishing up at Brighton’s legendary Komedia on 12th October. Quite the epic journey- one that matches the band’s own efforts to get here in the first place- we’ve listed the full calendar below, and recommend keeping up to date with developments as the schedule draws closer via Facebook and Twitter.
September 18th; Newton Abbot – The Jolly Farmer
September 19th; Swansea – The Scene
September 20th; Bristol Thekla
September 21st; St Albans – The Horn
September 22nd; Gloucester Guildhall
September 23rd; Holyhead Ucheldre Centre
September 29th; Leeds Key Club
September 30th; Manchester Academy 3
October 1st; Glasgow 02 ABC 2
October 2nd; Aberdeen Tunnels
October 3rd; Newcastle Academy 2
October 4th; Sheffield Corporation
October 5th; Nottingham Rescue Rooms
October 6th; Birmingham 02 Academy 2
October 7th; Southampton Talking Heads
October 8th; London Electric Ballroom
October 9th; Guildford Boiler Rooms
October 10th; Harlow – The Square
October 11th; Norwich Waterfront
October 12th; Brighton Komedia
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