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Old 08-22-2007, 11:22 PM
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GREEN CARNATION: How To Ruin A Band [Really Good Read]

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This is a statement released by the band, so I'm copying it entirely:

"Although releasing the amazing concert DVD 'A Night Under The Dam' earlier this year, the band felt drained of energy after the miserable organized USA tour put together by The End Records and their booking agent. The End Records, being one of the main supporters of the band the last years, bringing hope back to GREEN CARNATION's view on the music business, left the band with broken promises, huge debts, theft of license money and a poor organized tour draining the band for energy. The band doesn't blame The End Records for all of its problems, but they made a bad situation worse by first giving the tour a green light when the conditions for the tour were doomed from the beginning and then later withdraw license money, merchandise money, merchandise and not paying the band or its sound engineer, leaving the band in debts. All of which could have been avoided by cancelling the tour before it started. The End Records lost money on the tour as well, so why it wasn't cancelled when the contracts for the tour were offered to the label, is a unanswered question.

"The deal for the tour was that GREEN CARNATION would cover the flights to and from the USA, while the rest of the tour would be covered by The End Records and tour income. But in the end, the band covered the flights, their own fee, the fee of the sound engineer, some of the gas and hotel expenses during the tour, and paid for CDs that were sold during the tour. On top of that The End Records withdrew the license money from the last album, took all the merch money and the CDs to cover their own losses. What The End Records had to gain from sending the band across the world, driving across the continent of America twice, just to come to a town where the local promoter haven't been seen around for the last four months, or arrive at clubs that don't even know you are coming, to clubs where the local promoter put up another show because the booking agent never replied to their booking confirmation so instead they went ahead and booked other tours on the same date.

"In the end, it made the band members avoid live situations, tours and business partners. The band members felt they had little or nothing to give anymore, and I don't blame them. I saw where we were heading and it wasn't where we wanted to be at, so instead of ending up with a mediocre album, we decided to call it quits after the most spectacular release we have produced so far, 'A Night Under the Dam' on DVD.

"[GREEN CARNATION leader] Tchort will continue writing music under the name GREEN CARNATION, but probably will never play live again with the band."


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Old 08-23-2007, 01:10 PM
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I have the Quiet Offspring. I wont be missing this band.
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Old 08-25-2007, 11:28 AM
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The End Records' response:

"We got Green Carnation a van for the tour (drove it 2,500 miles from Salt Lake City to New York), hired a tour manager, rented a backline, pressed them for merch for the tour and paid to have their gear flown in from Norway and back - plus gave them cash throughout the tour. The band kept all the money from their shows and merch sales. The End also helped the band get a tour grant from the Norwegian government which covered all their flights and a lot more. Also the licensing fee was paid to Tchort five months before the tour ever happened. We don't understand why he made such an announcement especially a year and a half after the tour."
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Old 08-25-2007, 11:31 AM
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The government gives bands grants? Socialism doesnt sound so bad.
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Old 08-25-2007, 11:46 AM
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The government gives bands grants? Socialism doesnt sound so bad.
That's the Norwegian Government... I don't see the US or UK ones doing it
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