Mick Jones (The Clash, B.A.D) and Tony James (Generation X and Sigue Sigue Sputnik) are serious in their mission to use technology to spread their message and their music in the 21st Century. While the press is filled with gloom and doom stories about music piracy, lawsuits, and bleeding profits, these veteran musicians have fully embraced the new realities of the industry by releasing all of their albums as free downloads.
There’s a real sense of modesty in the dub-heavy “Prophet,” taken from the Crackup Suite ep. Carbon/Silicon don’t seem comfortable with being labeled digital pioneers, and they don’t necessarily want to be referred to as such. Mick Jones delivers the chorus, “There ain’t no profit in being a prophet/There ain’t no glory in prophecy,” illustrating their committment to this new mode of expression, while at the same time downplaying their own importance. At this stage in their careers it’s no longer about money or fame. At the end of the day, if they can look back and believe that they’re doing the right thing, then they will be at peace.
MP3:Carbon Silicon – Prophet
The rest of Carbon Silicon’s new ep, The Crackup Suite, is available for free download from their home on the internets. Unfortunately, in order to keep things fresh, their last two releases, ATOM, and Western Front are no longer available. If you’re interested in either of these albums, shoot me an email and we’ll see what we can do. Though they’re not on the C/S website, there’s a good chance that you can find them on p2p sites.
The band are currently in the studio working on more new tunes aided by Bill Price whose credits include The Libertines and Babyshambles. Finally, the band has expanded to a four piece with the addition of Leo ‘E-zee-Kill’ Williams (B.A.D and Dreadzone) on bass and Dominic Greensmith, (formerly of REEF) for their live dates in England this summer.