After Unauthorized Leak, Noisia Releases First Album in 6 Years Early
How one handles obstacles is the true test of character. When Noisia ran into a snag with the release of their new album - which they have been working on for years - they starkly stood by their philosophy as artists, despite the fact that it would mean squashing all of their plans.
Dutch drum and bass/neurofunk/techstep legends Noisia were forced to release their highly anticipated new album over a month early after an unauthorized leak. The trio were notified that the album appeared online Friday night just ten minutes before they premiered a brand new audio visual show at Let It Roll festival in Czech Republic.
Outer Edges, the group's first album in six years, spans 18 tracks. After announcing the album on June 10th, the band unleashed the lead single "Anomaly." On June 30th, they dropped the second single "Collider," along with the album release date, tracklist and more.
The long-awaited album was scheduled to arrive on September 16th via their own label imprint Vision. The group has responded to the leak, however, by releasing the album early.
Outer Edges became available on the Noisia webstore Monday night with an official statement from the group. The album will hit all other digital platforms on Aug 5th with CD, vinyl and merchandise coming out September 16th.
Friday Night, while we were in the final minutes of setting up the stage for our first ever Outer Edges show, we received the news that our album had been leaked. We think you can imagine how bad we felt at that moment :'(
We realise it's 2016, and things like these happen all the time. Still, it's quite a setback. All the plans we've made have to be scrapped and replaced by something less ideal, because we have to react to this unfortunate situation.
So far in releasing this album, we've made a conscious effort to make every track that's available somewhere, available everywhere. If you pre-ordered the album on Itunes or our webstore, you received the new track the same day it was first premiered on Soundcloud. We believe that users of all platforms should be able to listen to our music pretty much the minute it's available anywhere else. In this philosophy, the availability of our whole album on illegal download sites means that we have to make it available on all platforms.
So here's our reaction:
We have immediately changed all our previous plans and made the whole album available to buy on our webstore right now. https://store.visionrecordings.nl/ All other digital platforms will follow this Friday August 5th, that was the quickest date we could manage. The physical products (Vinyl/CD/Merch) are still in production so their release date will remain September 16th.
Even though we are unhappy about this leak, we're still really happy with the music. We really hope you will enjoy it as much as we've enjoyed making it.
Thijs, Martijn, Nik
PS. Thanks to whoever leaked our album, next time please do it after the album is out, maybe we can coordinate? Oh wait, that wouldn't really be leaking... And besides, we don't negotiate with terror..leaking persons. No, instead we will fold, and adjust our entire strategy. Take that! We hope you get stung by a lot of mosquitoes this summer, and maybe also next summer.
"It’s called Outer Edges because it’s us exploring the outer edges of what Noisia, the three of us together, is. It's about the idea that all the songs are little islands that we take to their individual edge... They’re all like expeditions to far sides. That doesn’t mean that it’s everything; it’s just that every song, if it goes in a certain direction, we’ve taken it all the way there. There are no real concessions – we haven’t been super DJ-friendly or radio-friendly at all. We’ve done no collaborations and hardly any vocals on the album."
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07/29 - Let it Roll Festival, Czech Republic
08/16 - Sziget Festival, Hungary
08/19 - Pukkelpop Festival, Belgium
08/21 - Lowlands Festival, The Netherlands
08/27 - SW4 Festival, United Kingdom
09/02 - Outlook Festival, Croatia
10/21 - ADE @ Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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