Derek Webb - Stockholm Syndrome [2 LP] (includes download card)
Singer/songwriter, social activist, instigator, innovator, rebel. These are some of the words used to describe Derek Webb. His songs tackle tough subjects like ethics, politics and personal integrity with disarming vulnerability. He was one of the first to embrace the idea of giving away his music for free to make sure it reached a larger audience as opposed to being relegated to obscurity.
In 2006 over 80,000 downloads of his 2005 album Mockingbird found their way to a new fans and helped him establish himself as a touring solo artist playing larger venues than he was previously able to book. He took his concept and become a partner in NOISETRADE which helps new and independent artists expose their music.
In 2007 he released the critically acclaimed The Ringing Bell which was one of the only 5 star reviews from PASTE magazine that year and had some success at AAA and college radio with his politically charged and provocative lyrics.
His new album is no different and finds him taking on tough realities including poverty, war and racism. Musically he has shifted towards a more electronic/pop style but it doesn't take away from what is always at the heart of his songs, a strong meaningful message.
the spirit vs. the kick drum
what matters more (vinyl bonus track)
the proverbial gun
i love/hate you
becoming a slave
jena & jimmy
what you give up to get it
american flag umbrella
After nearly two months of silence, and several months of delay Derek Webb and INO Records are announcing the release of his newest album Stockholm Syndrome set to street Sept. 1, 2009. Over two years in the making, Webb co-produced Stockholm Syndrome with former Caedmon’s Call bandmate Josh Moore (Watermark, Bethany Dillon, Bun-B, Slim Thug).
Stockholm Syndrome delivers everything listeners have come to expect from Derek Webb: killer pop hooks and lyrics as thought provoking as they are emotionally revealing. Sonically, however, this record is a radical departure for Webb, who has left his acoustic, folk/rock roots behind for a sound he describes as 'intentionally inorganic.' Together, Webb and Moore have succeeded in creating a dense, richly absorbing sonic vernacular that pays homage to an entire century of music. From 1920’s jazz to 1950’s doo-wop, from disco and dance music to old-school R&B, Webb uses this album as a means of exploring deep issues through the central metaphor of Stockholm Syndrome, illuminating the ways in which a society can fall in love with an oppressive culture and become enslaved by it. That sound is palpable in every track from the strut of 'Black Eye' and 'Cobra Con' to the electropop of 'Jena & Jimmy' and Webb’s ironic Fred Phelps-inspired love song, 'Freddie, Please.'
'Instead of writing a dozen songs and then trying to figure out the best way to record them, Josh and I spent a year collecting sounds we loved - beats, loops, odd bits of programming - then weaving those elements into tracks that moved us and made us feel something,' comments Webb. 'Only then did we even begin to think about song structures and melodies and lyrics. It was the total reverse of my usual process and by far the most fun I’ve ever had making a record.'
Due to what some are calling the provocative content and nature of the record, Webb has the most pre-release awareness of his career. Nearly 5,000 people regularly followed details of Webb’s release of Stockholm Syndrome daily as he leaked information via websites, twitter feeds, independent blogs, google searches and more. In that time Google recorded over 7,100 google searches and 1,200 independent blogs reporting on all or some aspect of Webb and Stockholm Syndrome. Webb was also among the top 70 google searches (internet wide) the first day information was released through his website.
As part of the campaign, Webb also engaged 20 cities in the U.S. such as Orlando, Nashville, Dallas, Los Angeles and more on a scavenger hunt for 'artifacts,' USB drives that contained new music. 1,500 people participated per day in finding the pieces of music in these U.S. cities. Webb also plans to tour this fall in all 20 markets where the scavenger hunt took place on the ‘Black Eye’ release tour.
The search drew to a climactic close on Fri. Jul. 3 as Webb hosted a 'secret' event for over 300 fans at The Rutledge in Nashville, Tenn. to watch a sneak peek of a documentary about Stockholm Syndrome and to participate in a Q&A with Webb and Moore. Supporters came from as far as Seattle, WA, Lincoln, NE and Austin, TX. 18 lucky fans who solved the final puzzle, which actually continued into the venue that night, found themselves whisked away to Webb’s home studio after the Rutledge show for an intimate listening party with Webb and Moore and exclusive, pre-release copies of Stockholm Syndrome.
A former member of the Houston, Texas-based Caedmon's Call, singer/songwriter Derek Webb has seen career sales approaching one million records, 10 Dove Award nominations, a Billboard Music Video Award nod and six No.1 radio hits. Webb’s innovative music marketing and distribution strategies have received national news coverage in USA Today and the LA Times.
Latest studio release from former Caedmon's Call principal songwriter who has become a successful entrepreneur and performer not limited to the Christian world
Derek was the one of the first to give his music away for free in efforts to widen his exposure when in 2006 80K digital albums of the 2005 release Mockingbird were distributed to those who passed along to 5 friends. This increased his mailing list and has allowed him to play larger venues than before.
His success story is mentioned in Chris Anderson's (WIRED) new book, FREE: The Future of a Radical Price
The concept was developed on and he became the cofounder of NoiseTrade.com which lets customers pay their own price for new and independent artists' music
Derek's last release The Ringing Bell had some success at AAA and college radio with his lyrically provocative and harmony infused Beatle/Dylan inspired songs.
The Ringing Bell was one of the only albums of 2007 to get a 5 star review from PASTE magazine and consistent mentions from USA Today
Stockholm Syndrome is more of an electronic/pop amalgamation which still touches on challenging issues like poverty, war, racism and hypocrisy.
'Jena & Jimmy' will be the focus track serviced to radio and used for licensing campaigns
Mainstream media targets include The Daily Show/Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report as well as public broadcasting programs on NPR
Double vinyl album will contain a bonus track, 'What Matters More', not available on the CD or digital release
Online scavenger hunt initiated in top 20 markets for USB drives containing fragments of new music
4,100 Twitter followers, Google # 70 searches, 7,100 search entries, 1,200 separate blogs reporting
Tour dates in coinciding markets to commence upon street where Derek will be with a full band playing the album in its entirety
Additional dates planned for 2010
Print and online banner ads planned with key publications and websites
Top Sales DMA's: Dallas, Atlanta, Nashville, Houston, LA, Chicago, Raleigh-Durham, Minneapolis, DC, Greenville SC, Charlotte, Seattle, Oklahoma City, NYC, Portland OR, Birmingham, Denver, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Louisville
Sales History: The Ringing Bell released 5/107 sold 3,300 1st week and has scanned over 15K RTD (33% digital)
5,000 I/O with estimated 1st week sales of 4K (50% digital)