Sad news for Noisia, good news for their fans.
‘Outer Edges’ seemed to be available for download on several of those many piracy torrents websites at least since the end of July. Coming across that, I at first presumed it was a joke or a fake, since we all knew that the album was to be released on the 16th of September.
Surpisingly, yesterday the DnB/Dubstep band confirmed on their website that the album actually leaked out and that they have then decided to anticipate its release. Apparently the trio discovered the leak just minutes before their performance at Let It Roll Festival. This decision might please many of the band’s fans, who – if we exclude their project with Foreign Beggars, I am Legion – have been waiting for a new album for 6 years, since the massive success of Split the Atom in 2010.
On the other hand, it is always sad to see how far piracy has gone. The fact that the leaker clearly did not care about the band’s decision to release the work in September might let us suspect that there is no fan behind this bitter episode. Quoting Noisia’s ironic statement after the leak:
“Thanks to whoever leaked our album, next time please do it after the album is out”.
Here it follows the complete announcement, posted by the trio on their website:
“Friday night, while we were in the final minutes of setting up the stage for our first ever Outer Edges show, we received the news that our album had been leaked. We think you can imagine how bad we felt at that moment 😥
We realise it’s 2016, and things like these happen all the time. Still, it’s quite a setback. All the plans we’ve made have to be scrapped and replaced by something less ideal, because we have to react to this unfortunate situation.
So far in releasing this album, we’ve made a conscious effort to make every track that’s available somewhere, available everywhere. If you pre-ordered the album on Itunes or our webstore, you received the new track the same day it was first premiered on Soundcloud. We believe that users of all platforms should be able to listen to our music pretty much the minute it’s available anywhere else. In this philosophy, the availability of our whole album on illegal download sites means that we have to make it available on all platforms.
So here’s our reaction:
We have immediately changed all our previous plans and made the whole album available to buy on our web store right now. All other digital platforms will follow this Friday August 5th, that was the quickest date we could manage. The physical products (Vinyl/CD/Merch) are still in production so their release date will remain September 16th.
Even though we are unhappy about this leak, we’re still really happy with the music. We really hope you will enjoy it as much as we’ve enjoyed making it.
Thijs, Martijn, Nik
P.S. Thanks to whoever leaked our album, next time please do it after the album is out, maybe we can coordinate? Oh wait, that wouldn’t really be leaking… And besides, we don’t negotiate with terror..leaking persons. No, instead we will fold, and adjust our entire strategy. Take that! We hope you get stung by a lot of mosquitoes this summer, and maybe also next summer.”