One Last Century

The Damnwells became a personal favorite with their 2006 album Air Stereo. Since discovering that album, I went back and searched their back catalog and enjoyed what I found there as well. I’ve anxiously awaited a new album ever since. Alex Dezen’s voice is one of the best in rock music today. It has this feeling of romanticism to it, but griddy at the same time (just like another rock musician I like to talk about)…

The band has had some member changes and Alex has moved on to teaching and studying fiction and creative writing. Fortunately, he hasn’t stopped writing songs…and for some awesome reason, the band is releasing their newest album One Last Century for free.

I definitely recommend downloading it.  It’s really cool that a band that I was legitimately waiting to buy the next album in stores decided to release it for free instead.  When asked why they decided to do this, here’s what Alex had to say:

I suppose the hardest thing to explain to people is why I’m giving this record away. “You’re just going to give it away?” seems antithetical to the human brain. “Is this just a bunch of b-sides or something? Some ‘give away’ material you don’t mind releasing into the ether?” No. Quite the contrary. I have never worked so hard or put so much of myself into a collection of recorded songs. It is for just this reason that I want to give it away.

To me it makes perfect sense. I just want people to hear this music, and I don’t want them to have to enter into some kind of contractual agreement with a third party to do so. Download the record, copy it and give it to your friends, lovers, and enemies. Whatever. It’s so hard these days just to get the actual music into people’s houses and cars, let alone their ears. Besides, I know everyone’s broke, maybe I can supply the soundtrack. So, I just want to give this music away because I want people to hear it. I should have done this years ago. I’m starting over.

Enjoy, Alex Dezen

Very cool. I hope you enjoy…and even if you don’t, pass along to anybody that you think might like it so the band can continue to gain more exposure.

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