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November 10, 2005

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Nite: Losers embrace technology

Spreading music without leaving their homes

By Richie Victorino    rvictorino@hippopress.com 

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 advantage.

“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 Web site.

The band’s entire 2004 release, One Every Hour Until Our Demands Are Met, is available online for download and as a video.

“No 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.”

The album, however, doesn’t showcase the latest Losers Fight It lineup. Recently, guitarist Scrimmy the Dirtbag (they all have monikers) joined the band.

On the album, Stylez takes on vocals and guitar duties. But the addition of Scrimmy has been a blessing.

“We 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.

But labeling the band with a genre-specific title isn’t something they’re interested in.

“Everybody’s getting far too specific [with labels],” Stylez said. “We’re rock ‘n’ roll. Rock ‘n’ roll stands true to the sound.”