Saturday 16 December 2017

You can hear my band's songs on cassette and vinyl but not on CD. . .

Ed Power

Ed Power

However unusual, the strategy has proved incredibly successful as Tieranniesaur have been nominated for the Choice Music Prize and played to a packed Electric Picnic this year.

"Bands have been doing cassettes for a few years now," says the Dubliner. "I wasn't a fan of CDs. So I wanted another format.

"Cassettes sound good and are really cheap to produce. It means you can have something physical for sale at gigs.

"People download music most of the time. However, on occasion they like something physical to buy at a show. We sell cassettes for between five and seven euro.

"I don't see the point of CDs. It's a digital format, so it's no different from downloading. And they are ugly. We were never fans.

"At home I mostly listen to vinyl. Obviously the band sells vinyl as well. But it's relatively expensive compared to cassette. I like the way cassettes look. And the audio quality is just fantastic.

"I don't think quality is the reason they went out of fashion. They have a lot going for them. Admittedly, not a lot of people necessarily have cassette players, although you do tend to find tape-decks in a lot of old cars.

"We're very fond of the format."

Irish Independent

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