BEFORE LOUD's interview with three of the four musicians from one-year-old band Monster Cat, we downloaded in full their debut album, Mannequins, from file-sharing site The Pirate Bay.
"You downloaded our album off Pirate Bay? Did it work? We hope it did," asked RJ (who goes by the pseudonym Psycho Cat), 27, the alternative folk-rock outfit's guitarist and vocalist. The band had posted the link to The Pirate Bay on their official Monster Cat site.
It was all strangely legit. LOUD'sdownload made the band, consisting of full-time musicians with part-time jobs, rather happy.
They're happy to let you download free this month their five-track album – a mix of slow-burning folk-rock tracks that dip in and out of triumph and anguish – which includes original wallpaper artwork and a 15 per cent discount to their merchandise and a well-packaged CD.
More in LOUD in The New Paper on Tuesday (April 24).