Published Oct 16, 2015Though Protest the Hero will be getting the original band lineup together again this November for an anniversary tour behind their Kezia, the Canadian prog-metal troupe are also looking to the future via the announcement of a subscription service called Pacific Myth that will give the fans some brand new tunes.
Last night (October 15) the band unveiled the details behind Pacific Myth with an informational video that notes "full-length albums are the god-damnedest things" and "an arduous process." As such, they've opted to roll out songs as part of a subscription-based service, which will offer up a brand new Protest the Hero song on the 15th of every month. It will all result in the form of a six-track EP.
In a statement, here's what the band had to say about the model:
If you know a bit about our band, you probably know that we like to stir the pot. We value that our fans have come to expect the unexpected from us. Here's the thing: we have done the full-length album and ensuing record cycle four times. Most record cycles are at least 2 years. That's two years of promoting 40-or-so minutes of music…music that may have been written two years before that! We have never been able to release what we want to release NOW. So that's exactly what this is. These are songs we love now, songs we are proud of now, and songs which are inherently more candid than our other material.
The original dream was to create a subscription-like platform for our music where "subscribers" could enjoy the scheduled arrival of a new Protest the Hero tune every month, on the same day, at the same time. While we battled with the logistics of launching such a beast, Bandcamp came along and pretty much nailed it. So here we are! We believe this to be a sustainable model for what we do and a wonderful and honest way of getting more music made for you all. By subscribing to "Pacific Myth", you will get a tune a month starting on October 15 as well as access to all the content we've collected along the way. It will include pictures, journals, lyrics, musical transcriptions, samples of music to come and some rookie-edited videos to keep you either entertained or appalled while you wait for the next month's material. Thanks for reading, listening and watching our careers thus far. Know that absolutely none of these projects would be possible without you. We dig ourselves further in your debt with each signup!
The launch of Pacific Myth comes with a first single, titled "Ragged Tooth." The song is up now through Bandcamp, but you have to be a member to hear it. The track has been delivered in both vocal and instrumental versions.
The service also comes in two tiers. The first gives subscribers "unlimited streaming and various audio formats of the monthly track, an exclusive instrumental mix, hi-res artwork, lyrics and liner notes." The second, meanwhile, also gives them access to a documentary called Of Our Own Volition, made by director Marc Ricciardelli.
You can find out more info about the service here.
Protest the Hero's last full-length release was 2013's Volition.
Meanwhile, the Kezia 10th anniversary tour begins November 6 in Calgary. You'll find all of the other date details over here.