February 14, 2011
One Very, Very Indie Band

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“For ‘Neon Bible,’ we met with a lot of dudes, but honestly it wasn’t that interesting,” Win says. “Merge is like the labels used to be, based on someone’s tastes and interest in music —”

“—instead of statistics and marketing,” Régine says.

“If you look at the Web sites of a lot of the majors,” Win goes on, “they’re selling everything — hip-hop, country, Disney soundtracks. It’s the throw-a-lot-of-garbage-at-the-wall —”

“— and-see-what-sticks strategy,” Régine says “But at least we got to stay in some nice hotels, didn’t we? And we ate good food for a month! And we didn’t lie to anyone either: Right from the start, we made it clear we’d never sign with them. I mean, why would we?”

By Darcy Frey, New York Times Magazine (2007)

(Source: The New York Times)

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    I was applying to a class taught by Darcy Frey when I first read this profile. Recently, in a different writing class, I...
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