SUMAC Refuse to Put New Album on Spotify After CEO's "Repugnant" Statements
Published Oct 06, 2020Last week, art metal trio SUMAC (a.k.a. Isis' Aaron Turner, Russian Circles' Brian Cook and Baptists drummer Nick Yacyshyn) released their excellent new LP May You Be Held. Spotify users may have missed it, however, because the band opted out of putting their LP on the service.
The decision to hold out on Spotify stems directly from comments made by CEO Daniel Ek earlier this year, when he said that musicians "can't record music every three or four years and think that's going to be enough" to survive in the modern musical landscape.
According to Thrill Jockey director of publicity Mike Boyd, the band requested that their album be left off of the service.
"Apologies for the confusion y'all. 'The iron chair' was up as a single before the decision was made to not have the album on Spotify," Boyd said [via Metal Injection]." The album BEING on Spotify was a glitch, which I had to fix. After the pretty repugnant statements Spotify's CEO made earlier this year, the band asked that the album not be available on that platform."
Of course, if you're looking to stream the album before you buy it, it has been made available on Bandcamp. Stream it in full below.