Nite: Losers embrace technology
Spreading music without leaving their homes
Their band name might be Losers Fight It, but rather than fighting
file-sharing technology like many rock and roll bands out there (ahem,
Metallica), these four guys are embracing it and using it to their
“We’re totally a DYI band,” said singer/guitarist Tyrone Stylez. “We’re
not out there to make a profit.”
Sure, this Concord-based band would love to do this full-time and shed
their current jobs (for example, Stylez works the night shift as a
janitor), but even as full-time musicians, Stylez said that doesn’t mean
you have to be very profitable.
“That’s just the mentality of the music industry,” he said.
Instead of living a life on the road, performing for less than 20 people
at various cities, the band is involved in an experiment of sorts:
absolute full and free access to their music through the Internet.
“... what if we could find a medium with which to display our wares,
interact with our fans, and make rock history without having to miss an
episode of The Simpsons ... Enter the Internet,” the band writes on its
band’s entire 2004 release, One Every Hour Until Our Demands Are Met, is
available online for download and as a video.
one will sue you for having our music on your hard drive,” the band
states on its Web site. “We’d probably just give you high fives.”
album, however, doesn’t showcase the latest Losers Fight It lineup.
Recently, guitarist Scrimmy the Dirtbag (they all have monikers) joined
the album, Stylez takes on vocals and guitar duties. But the addition of
Scrimmy has been a blessing.
decided to give [Scrimmy] a shot, and he’s been totally helpful,” Stylez
said. “I all but put down the guitar when we play live.”
Yes, despite their embrace of digital promotions, this quartet does in
fact play live. They’ve played the Bomb Shelter and Uptown Tavern, and
have even played smaller venues such as the Hopkinton Community Center.
Their sound is eclectic in many ways. One song, like “Battle at the
Mines” gives off a harder edge, while a song like “Noah’s Bus,” is a
bit more pop-funk oriented.
labeling the band with a genre-specific title isn’t something they’re
“Everybody’s getting far too specific [with labels],” Stylez said.
“We’re rock ‘n’ roll. Rock ‘n’ roll stands true to the sound.”