Kansas City's Roman Numerals have just released a new song through the brand-new online music marketing enterprise Topspin Media. Enter your e-mail in the widget below, and a link to download "Go/No/Go" will be sent to your inbox (or possibly spam filter, as it did with mine -- watch out).
If that wee widget looks familiar to you, that may be because you saw much the same thing a few weeks ago when we were blogging about the locally shot film 72 Musicians. That's because the director of 72, Roman Numerals friend Bob Moczydlowsky, is the Director of Program Management for the L.A.-based Topspin.
According to the site:
Topspin is a technology-focused direct-to-fan marketing, management and distribution platform. We help artists manage their catalogs, connect with fans, and generate demand for music. We emerged from stealth mode in June 2008 and we've been slowly lifting the veil to reveal our products to a broader group of artists, managers and labels, most of whom are actively using our technology today to market and sell music directly.
That is really cool. Topspin will be big -- they've already got a ton of artists signed on: Arcade Fire, Eminem, Lenny flippin' Kravitz, Sigur Ros, the Pixies... But how about that new Nooms' song?
Besides just being catchy and rocking, "Go/No/Go" finds Roman Numerals (now with third drummer Ryan Shank) dirtying up its patented dark wave with bubbly, fuzzed-out, reverb-laden guitars and, rhythmically, a strong and seductive undercurrent of the echo-y dub aesthetic that was prevalent in early '80s British postpunk, kind of like Gang of Four with Sandinista grafted onto its spiky flank. At least, that's what I hear. Very cool. Love the falsetto vocals at 2:45.