Next year, Sleater-Kinney will release their first album in a decade, No Cities To Love.
The group’s label Sub Pop, however, accidentally gave fans access to the album earlier than planned. As part of the label’s subscription scheme, customers who pre-order the record are emailed a link to a private stream a week before release – on this occasion though, the stream was sent out early, on December 22. And although the label eventually pulled it down, anyone who knows music fans and the internet will know that they only need a second to rip that thing and share it.
Sub Pop held their hands up to the mistake in an email to subscribers. “While we have every intention of giving you early access to that stream”, it read, “the truth is we made an error in granting that access today. We wish we could blame an elite squad of foreign hackers bent on disrupting our meticulously planned release but the truth is we just messed up.”
No Cities To Love will be released on January 20 [via Stereogum].