In protest of low streaming royalties for songwriters, cult band The Pocket Gods plan to release collection of 30-second tracks
Cult band The Pocket Gods and friends announce the release of 100 X 30, a collection of 100 songs, all just half-a-minute long. In what is likely to be the world’s first 100-track album, the record is intended as a statement against music streaming companies, such as Spotify, who pay out a royalty of 0.007p per stream for any track over 30 seconds.
Hailing from St Albans, The Pocket Gods were discovered by the late John Peel, and have featured on Tom Robinson’s show on BBC 6 Music. 100 x 30 will be the band’s 72nd album in their 17-year history and features an array of friends and fans of the band, including Mungo Jerry, Owen Paul and David Mindel. A track has also been provided by Tom Green, who was famous for his collaborations with The Orb, and contributions have been made by fellow bands The Low Countries, Hands Of Industry, The Boy From Space, Foxgrease and The Pigs Of Freedom.
Frontman Mark Christopher Lee says he got the idea after reading an article in The Independent‘s i newspaper about streaming and songwriting, and also the history of how and why songwriters started writing the traditional three-and-a-half minute pop song – because of the length of seven-inch vinyl. With this album, the band also aims to create awareness of the lack of royalties trickling through to artists and songwriters.
The Pocket Gods album 100 x 30 is set for release on 4 December on Nub Music via The Orchard. For more details, go to: 100×30.com