No, no, no. This post isn’t about dicks.
Wait! Where are you going? Hang on for a minute and let me explain. This may be interesting even if it’s not about penises, difficult as that may be to believe.
The subject of this post is one I’ve thought about before and discussed with others outside these pages. Here’s what finally prompted me to throw it open for NCS discussion — this Facebook status by Sweden’s Mordbrand, whose killer 2011 EP Necropsychotic we reviewed here and whose November 2011 split with their fellow Swedes in Bombs of Hades we featured here:
“It looks like MORDBRAND’s discography will mostly consist of EP’s and splits at the moment. We’re excited about all suggestions, proposals and offers we have in front of us. But here’s a question to YOU: If a band produces enough material on small releases – is a full-length then necessary? The way we see it: If we record a handful of songs, we can really focus on them and make them turn great. If we record full-lengths, we’ll have less time working on each track. This calls for an interesting discussion!”
Yes, it does call for discussion. As a fan, what would you rather see from the bands you like — shorter but more frequent releases or full-length albums that are more spaced out, e.g., a new one every couple of years? Do you tend to take a band more seriously, particularly a new band, if they release album-length material instead of EPs? Is it the meat or the motion?
And for any musicians out there, what do you see as the pro’s and con’s of the “Mordbrand model” versus delaying releases until you have a full album’s worth of material ready to go? And do you think the factors (or the conclusion) are different for an established band as opposed to people just starting out?
Does a hybrid model make sense, i.e., release a full-length album of new songs every couple of years, but release an EP in the off years (kind of like Gorod and Immolation did last year, to pick the first examples that popped into my head)?
And just to confuse things further, how should “an album” (or “a full-length album”) be defined? For example, I’ve recently noticed monkey poop being thrown from the trees at Veil of Maya for their plan to release “an album” that turns out to be 28 minutes long. Is that an album? Does it matter what they call it as long as the price fits the amount of music it contains?
Okay, ladies and germs, tell us what you think about any or all of these questions. And if you can’t be bothered, that’s okay — I’ll have some music for you in a later post. Actually, I have some music for you immediately. Since Mordbrand was the inspiration for this, it’s only fitting that we stream a Mordbrand song while you attempt to organize your thoughts. This is from their split with Bombs of Hades:
And I might as well include a track from Bombs of Hades, too. This is from that split with Mordbrand — it’s their cover of a Motörhead classic, and it rocks the fuck out: