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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    NEW VINYL PRESSINGS!
    Hot off of the whatever-they-make-these-with! Pentimento Music Company has released 12” vinyl record versions of Streetlight’s first release, 2002’s fancily named “Demo”, as well as the Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution 2002 release, “A Call To Arms”! Head over to www.riscstore.com to pick them up, either individually or as a discounted double pack!

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    THE YEAR WITH NO END TOUR 2016!

    WHY HELLO THERE!

    So for this year’s touring shenanigans, we decided to take a new route: we’re announcing all of our headlining shows for the year (more or less) all at once, here and now. Ladies and gentlemen, we hereby announce THE YEAR WITH NO END TOUR 2016! We’ll be popping up here and there across the country and dabbling a bit into our country’s toque as well, primarily on weekends. OK, so it’s not really a “tour” tour so much as a number of weekends spread throughout the calendar year, but we’re trying here, so stop nit-picking, you scoundrel you.

    As we did last tour, we’ll be gathering ideas for which songs/versions of songs to play before now and the shows, to keep it fresh and interesting for both yourselves and ourselves. As always, eardrums will be dropkicked and shoes will be lost, lyrics will be forgotten, voices will be lost and post-show diner food shall be consumed. In short, life will be good.

    Art this time around has been provided by the incredible Dan Mora, and as usual we implore you to check out his stuff over at www.behance.net/danmora. Tell him what you think of the art! We did! (spoiler: we love it)

    Tickets for all shows listed go on sale TOMORROOOOOOWWWWW!!! (March 2nd) Once again, most of these shows sold out last year, so they’ll likely do the same this year, so DON’T DILLY DALLY.

    See you at the shows!

    5/13 Detroit, MI
    5/14 Cleveland, OH
    5/15 Chicago, IL
    7/15 Denver, CO
    7/16 Las Vegas, NV
    7/17 Phoenix, AZ
    7/18 Los Angeles, CA
    7/19 San Diego, CA
    7/20 Santa Ana, CA
    7/21 San Francisco, CA
    7/22 Portland, OR
    7/23 Seattle, WA
    9/17 Boston, MA
    9/23 Toronto, ON
    9/24 Montreal, QC
    10/28 New York, NY
    10/29 Sayreville, NJ
    10/30 Washington DC
    11/11 Atlanta, GA
    11/12 Orlando, FL
    11/13 St. Petersburg, FL

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    Since Streetlight’s early days, we’ve been lucky enough to work with some of our favorite artists on the planet for tour posters and merch. It’s been an honor to work with each and every one of them and we’re proud to show off the hard work of these ridiculously talented individuals. Whether it’s a song or a poster, what we all do is so closely related and complimentary that it’d be virtually impossible to see the whole picture if one was missing. We’d like to call attention to these artists via our social media outlets, and hopefully you’ll be kind enough to check the artists out at their own sites and accounts, to see what they’re up to and support what they do.

    First up is the super awesome artist we’ve worked with most recently for the October 2015 East Coast tour, Teagan White. Her Instagram is @teaganwh and her website is www.teaganwhite.com. Tell her we said hi when you check out her increeeedible portfolio!

    If you’d like to purchase this art as a screen printed poster, please buy it directly from her site at http://teaganwhite.bigcartel.com/product/streetlight-manifesto-fall-2015-tour-ap

    When it sells out there, or if you want the t-shirt or pullover hoodie with this artwork, head over to our shop at http://riscstore.com/search?q=teagan+white

    Thanks for reading and thanks for supporting our brothers and sisters in the arts!

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    The view from Toh’s toe. Photo by @digitalkloc

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    Ladies and gentlepeople, say hello to our dear Karl Lyden, the latest full time addition to the Streetlight Gang!
    Photo by @digitalkloc