In this week's print edition, we talked to Thymme Jones, the founding member of Chicago prog-rock outfit Cheer-Accident. The initial interview covered more ground than we could print. While we spoke about the upcoming show this Saturday at the Schlafly Tap Room, Jones mentioned the band's latest endeavor -- a monthly subscription-based music service.
Instead of merely gaining access to a cache of downloadable records, subscribers receive one new song a month along with other "wild card" content. The service differs from a typical download site as Cheer-Accident writes and records on a monthly basis, then delivers that content to the fans exclusively. And the "wild card" content? That can be anything from video to unreleased audio and other oddities.
Admission ranges from $2-$10 a month -- a flexible payment plan. We talked to Jones about the idea behind this new format and how it's worked out for him so far. Read on for more on Cheer-Accident's "Members" site.
RFT Music: What inspired Cheer-Accident to offer a subscription-based service?
Thymme Jones: Rabbit Rabbit Radio. Our friends from Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Carla and Matthias, starting doing this a year ago. Instantaneous revelation! We thought that this would be a great way to make a play at earning an actual living, while connecting with people worldwide in a new way.
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