PRIMORDIAL frontman Alan "Nemtheanga" Averill has joined the downloading debate with a no-holds-barred attack on those who illegally take and share MP3s online. Speaking to the UK's Zero Tolerance magazine, he said, "The Internet is a great promotional tool on one hand, and bands can get their music out there so easily. The downside of this is that a whole generation of people feels it's their right to get music for free…We are given money from our label, within which we have to record our album. It's our choice if we want to give them some crap ProTooled bedroom recording, but we don't. We have to repay that money through our sales. If we don't sell anything, we get dropped, we don't have money to record, go on tour et cetera. I have to pay to make PRIMORDIAL's music, so why should someone else get it completely for free? All I can say is for as long as PRIMORDIAL exists we will stand opposed to [downloading] and create real music."
Nemtheanga's comments form part of a special report on downloading in the current issue of Zero Tolerance in which all sides of the debate, voiced by fans, bands and labels alike, air their views: for some downloading spells the end for the music industry as we know, for others it is merely a new chapter with new opportunities.
The new issue of Zero Tolerance magazine is on sale now and features Japanese trio GALLHAMMER on the front cover, who lead a discussion of the role of women in extreme music. As an all-female outfit, GALLHAMMER could be expected to have some firm opinions on the subject, but their interview throws up more than a few surprises. Joining in are WHITEHOUSE's William Bennett, who tackles those who misunderstand the sexual content of his art, and Jarboe, the former SWANS vocalist who believes that the music industry remains very much a man's world.