If you follow the band, you know what we’re about, and that we put a lot of social and political content and commentary into our work. The current uprisings, coupled with the self -isolation we’re dealing with re the pandemic, add both a special urgency and a serious challenge to how we’re going to be a part of the necessary change.
It should go without saying that we believe strongly that Black Lives Matter, and that there are serious and frightening systemic issues in our society that have been boiling for centuries that are coming to a head now. While we often address them in our work, thinking about how we in particular must move forward is of real importance to us, and we don’t want to do it badly or in a counter-productive way.
The COVID-19 pandemic has complicated this for us because we cannot get together, as three of us are in personal high-risk situations and one is in a high-touch public exposure job. So we are currently limited in terms of our options.
Here are a couple of first steps.
We distribute our work to all the various streaming and download services through an agreement with a company called DistroKid, who put out the following statement earlier this week:
“Some artists have asked how they can auto-donate some of their royalties, too. DistroKid just made it super easy for artists to automatically donate a portion of royalties to Black social justice organizations.”
Which we have done.
Every time you download or stream our track “Crumbs” from any service, a portion of our royalties go to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
At the moment, we’re limited that to that one fund and track; we are exploring other options for this type of support. It’s our most popular track with words that connect directly to the struggle, so it seemed a fitting choice.
Full disclosure: our current deal with DistroKid includes a distribution connection to Amazon. We are acutely aware of issues with Jeff Bezos and Amazon, and dialogue about that connection and what to do about it will continue.
In addition, we do use Bandcamp for distribution of some of our work, and a further (and exciting announcement) concerning an effort through Bandcamp will be coming soon.
Over the last week, we’ve made two more albums available for streaming or download on all the major services, and we’d welcome your attention to them…
“One Thing That Scares You” is a live album recorded by Tony and Faro in 2012 at a small coffeehouse in Providence, RI. All the pieces on that album were recorded that night for the first time and many are no longer in rotation live.
“Basement Takes” is the first album with Chris O’Donnell on drums, and marked the transition to a full band from a duo. Chris Lawton joined us on guitar shortly after this, completing the current lineup.
Including the link to Spotify here, but the albums are available for download or streaming at Amazon Music, iTunes, Google Music, Apple Music, etc. as well as at numerous smaller sites.
A huge thank you to all who came out to Nick’s last night! Big crowd, lots of enthusiasm, hot music/poetry…! Couldn’t ask for better.
Special shoutouts to Listen! audience who stayed after a sterling feature by Rushelle Frazier, to Mark Jodice of Bring Back Pluto and JOLT who sat in with us for a couple of tunes, and to the Usual Suspects at Nick’s who were in attendance.
One of the tunes we played last night was this new one, which Tony did solo…we’ll be working up a band version soon enough.. Chantey
We’ll be back on March 1st, which will be 2 days before Tony turns…gulp…60???? Yup. Hope to see you then!
We’ve recently been involved yet again with one of journalist Victor Infante’s Great Cover Song Challenges.
If you’re familiar with these from our past efforts, Victor assigns bands who sign up for the process a song, usually by a single artist. We can’t see it, choose it, or change it for another; we have to cover it in whatever way we see fit by a given deadline, and then be part of a story written for one publication or another.
We’ve done songs by Elton John, Air Supply, Madonna, the sound track of “Top Gun,” among others.
This time around, in a bit of a twist, we had to cover songs by another one of the artists in the group. Instead of doing the work of a distant pop star, we had to confront the fact that the songs we were covering would be heard by the original artist.
That said, we drew the song “Walls” by the inimitable Walter Sickert And the Army Of Broken Toys, whose sound is, well, unique…and intimidating to try and cover.
That said, we did our best. And below is the result. (Fortunately, they like it.) We’ve made it available to download for free…with a catch. IF you download our song, you MUST also go and get the original. We’ve provided links to both below.
Obviously, we can’t police this. But we hope that in the spirit of artistic support, you will do this. The original band made this available for free long ago and with this challenge gave us permission to sell our cover, but that just feels wrong…
First blog post of 2020…some new things, some old…
We continue our bi-weekly Sunday gigs at Nick’s in Worcester, where we continue to do freewheeling sets of our usual madness and make stuff up as well as the mood takes us. New music born at those gigs will be coming your way very soon.
Still doing (and seeking!) other gigs elsewhere…hit us up!
Our streaming content is going very well. Go check us out on Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Music, Apple Music, iTunes…just type in “The Duende Project” and find us with pinpoint accuracy.
Trinity, the horror movie written and directed by Skip Shea that features a score by Faro and a performance of “Trinity Tango” by Faro and Tony, after many years and awards on the international film festival circuit, is now available for renting or purchase…see the trailer and get the film here.