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Hewhocorrupts moving to digital-only format

Sun, August 2, 2009 11:20 AM PT2,952 views

Chicago, Illinois record label Hewhocorrupts Inc. will soon cease releasing music on physical formats, instead choosing to focus solely on a digital-only model. Here's a statement from the label: "As some of you may have noticed we've been pretty quiet lately (ie less news updates, signings, etc). However, while things may seem less active from the outside, on the inside we've been putting in a lot of thought on the future of the label given how much the selling of music has changed since our inception. Do we keep doing the label as is? Stop completely? Change our approach and continue? While thinking through these options we reflected on what we like and don't like about running a label. In summary – we like helping bands we enjoy and we don't like or necessarily feel the need to spend money doing so anymore given the many ways one can release, distribute, and promote music today. "After thinking about these things – we've decided to change how the label operates. After releasing HWC023 'Locrian/Harpoon' split 7" we will cease releasing music on physical formats. Instead – we will transition to a digital-only release model. This model will no longer focus on releasing 'records' but rather individual tracks or a group of tracks. The two more unique elements of this model will be its 'name your price' and 'charity' aspects. To clarify – we will be using a newer web application called Band Camp to allow those interested in our releases the opportunity to set their own price for the tracks they want to download. Furthermore, any band that releases a track or tracks on the label will be asked to pick a charity that will be the sole recipient of all money collected from the release. This means no money will be passed on to the label or band – only to a predetermined charity. "We are excited to announce that our friends in The Psalms will be our first release under this model. 97-Shiki had the pleasure of playing with The Psalms in Singapore on our SE Asia tour in Fall of 2008 and we've been dying to do something with them ever since. Expect more release to come by Tension Generation and more..."


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withoutashield 8/2/2009 11:23:28 AM

First frrrrrrrrt

complete_slore 8/2/2009 11:25:44 AM

End of label.

dustybutt 8/2/2009 11:30:45 AM

lol, horrible idea.

badaxe 8/2/2009 11:39:47 AM

I like the idea, but I won't use it.

yomama 8/2/2009 11:46:33 AM

so you are going to continue on with the label, you and the bands just wont be making any money?........ that seems worth all the hard work.

loki 8/2/2009 12:46:24 PM

sounds risky, but could end up being worth it. maybe they'll set a precedent since no one buys actual cd's anymore.....no care about this label, but let me know how it works out.

cultclassic 8/2/2009 1:39:43 PM


TheBearKing 8/2/2009 5:14:50 PM

Considering how easy it is to fake a charity, and also that they won't be making money from the releases... "Two weeks after the format change, HWC is forced to shut down". HWC is a great band, but this is a terrible idea.

manismostlybeard 8/2/2009 7:48:25 PM

Why call this HWCinc at all then? Shut it down and help do charity shit then? done deal...

fantomas 8/2/2009 8:45:08 PM

all the shitty grind bands on this label are devastated that they can't have vinyl splits with random japanese powerviolence bands

pumpgasinhell 8/3/2009 1:43:23 AM


breakdatback 8/3/2009 2:45:52 AM

hippie shit

stabwound 8/3/2009 2:34:21 PM

Purists who insist on having every pressing on Skittle color schemed vinyl are crying.

m_kwd 8/3/2009 6:34:50 PM

People like me still buy CDs, but i am old fart what do i know, right? fck DIGITAL.

xenosapien 8/3/2009 7:35:18 PM

Terrible idea from a terrible label.

ipecac 8/4/2009 5:54:35 AM

it's their way of saying "we'll not be around in a year's time"

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