Feb. 23 |  Streetlight Manifesto Proudly Boycotts Itself

Hello all

For the sake of keeping things emotion-free and legal, we’ll cut straight to the chase and forgo the insults and accusations:

It is and has been for quite some time our position that Victory Records is an artist-hostile, morally corrupt and generally dishonest company, with whom we have had the displeasure of being associated due to a contract that was signed years ago. We’re not writing this today to air grievances, of which there are many; numerous bands’ struggles with Victory are well-documented (and many more are sealed by a court of law), so we figured we’re going to skip the allegations and try to solve the problem, as we see it.

We’re writing today to ask you to please boycott all Streetlight related items by not purchasing any of our records or merchandise from Victory’s website, any traditional CD stores, online third party retailers or any digital distribution service (iTunes, Amazon etc). Victory has a long-time reputation of pocketing all of the proceeds from a band’s music and merch, with shady accounting and generally bully-ish behavior. If you want to support Streetlight, our music and our ability to tour and continue to release music, please make all SM related purchases from our own webstore, The RISC Store (www.riscstore.com), or come out to a show and buy a shirt or cd from us directly. In regards to getting the music we make, you can buy directly from us, or, alternately, we’re sure you can find a way to get the tunes onto your computer that may not be, ahem, traditional… Speaking a Bit metaphorically, there is a Torrent of methods to accomplish this, and Google is your always loyal friend…

As many of you know, we are in the final stages of recording our new album. It will be out and available this summer, whether via Victory, or some other method. We refuse to let our constant battles with our own record label hold back the album’s release (we can take nearly forever to finish an album on our own, thank you very much) and we look forward to being free from Victory’s clutches once our contract with them ends this summer.

We wish Victory Records no ill will or harm. Ok, that’s not entirely true. But what we want more than seeing the bad guy get his comeuppance, to see the villain get bitch-slapped by karma, is freedom from a company we abhor. We want the money made by our record and merch sales to help fund the band, not a company we’re ashamed to be associated with. We don’t care about SoundScans, or charts, or success as it’s measured by an industry we can’t stand; we just want our hard work to go towards something better than the record labels that destroy the spirit of independent music.

Thanks for your time and support and we’ll see you soon.

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    THE NEXT MINI-TOUR, ANNOUNCED!
    Ladies and not-ladies, we are pumped as pie to announce our next regional tour, this time hitting the east coast of our lovely country and even two cities in the lovely country above ours! The Last Good Fight Tour: Leg Two goes from October 16 until Halloween, and will feature support once again from our buddies Dan Potthast and Sycamore Smith! Dates are listed below, and tickets go on sale Friday! As always, we are giving the standard issue warning: MOST OF THESE WILL SELL OUT. (The tour we just finished had more sell outs than non-sell-outs). PLEASE buy your tickets early. WE. HATE. SCALPERS. (And people who overcharge fans who didn’t get to buy tickets early). LET’S DO THIS. AGAIN.

    Unbelievably incredible tour art by Jakub Rebelka. Check him out at www.shzrebelka.tumblr.com, he will blow your mind.

    10.16 TORONTO ON
    10.17 MONTREAL QC
    10.18 PHILADELPHIA PA
    10.19 NEW YORK NY
    10.20 BOSTON MA
    10.21 WASHINGTON DC
    10.23 NORFOLK VA
    10.24 ATLANTA GA
    10.25 ORLANDO FL
    10.26 ST PETERSBURG FL
    10.27 FT. LAUDERDALE FL
    10.30 SAYREVILLE NJ
    10.31 SAYREVILLE NJ

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    AW HELL YISS.

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    All of you non-East Coasters that kicked and screamed when we did October’s micro-tour will be happy that we set up a mini-tour just for you! 18 Show in 18 days, from Cleveland to Spokane! From May 14 to May 31! From La Jolla to Leo Carillo, and up to Pismo (sorry, we had to).

    Tickets go on sale Friday, so come back here for links. As always, we will tell you right now: MOST OF THESE SHOWS WILL SELL OUT, SO PLEASE BUY YOUR TICKETS EARLY. Nowadays we tour when the stars align, so get it when it’s there to be gottened.

    We’re so incredibly pumped for these shows! Support will come in the form of Dan Potthast on all shows except for the first three, where Kevin Seconds will play in his place. Also, Sycamore Smith will be on the entire damn tour! Huzzah!

    Lovely poster art provided by the inimitable Zelda Devon (www.zeldadevon.com)!

    See you guys at the shows!

    5/14 Cleveland, OH
    5/15 Pittsburgh, PA
    5/16 Detroit, MI
    5/17 Chicago, IL
    5/18 Lawrence, KS
    5/19 Denver, CO
    5/20 Salt Lake City, UT
    5/21 Las Vegas, NV
    5/22 Phoenix, AZ
    5/23 Los Angeles, CA
    5/24 San Diego, CA
    5/25 Anaheim, CA
    5/26 San Francisco, CA
    5/27 Portland, OR
    5/28 Seattle, WA
    5/29 Victoria, BC
    5/30 Vancouver, BC
    5/31 Spokane, WA

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    HELLO KINGDOM OF THE UNITED!
    After spending way too much time holding a grudge against you for subjecting us to excessive coverage of your silly little royal wedding, we’ve decided to make a move to get back on speaking terms with you, our cutely-accented counterparts across the lake. This move is in no small part due to your introducing us to the incredible Charlie Brooker, and let’s not forget your gracious and self-sacrificial harboring of Madonna, fake accent and all. So we figure the score is 2-1, and we owe you one. We’d like to pay up in the form of a concert on your continent! Namely, we’ll be coming on by to play at your lovely and awesomely-named BOOMTOWN FESTIVAL! HURRAH!
    It’s been a long while since we’ve played anywhere in England, and we have no idea when we’ll be back, so how about you all meet us at BoomTown sometime around, oh, I don’t know, August 15, 2015? Sounds good? Good! Head on over to www.boomtownfair.co.uk or https://www.facebook.com/boomtownfair1www.boomtownfair.co.uk or https://www.facebook.com/boomtownfair1 for more info and to buy tickets! IT’S TEA TIME, SON.

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    tohkay:

    YUP.