Atoms For Peace have revealed that they will broadcast two of their upcoming gigs at London’s Roundhouse via the new mobile app Soundhalo.
The Soundhalo app, which was premiered by Alt-J in May of this year and is aimed at discouraging gig-goers from recording concerts on their phones, allows users to download high quality MP4 videos and audio tracks to their phones as the show they are attending is taking place. Fans are then able to download each track to a desktop or portable device, for 99p per track or £9.99 for the whole performance.
The Independent says that Atoms For Peace will broadcast their gigs on July 24 and 25 using the software. The band, which consists of Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, producer Nigel Godrich and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, will then play their final show at the venue on July 26.
The news comes shortly after the band revealed that they were pulling their music from Spotify after claiming that the streaming service was “bad for new music”. In addition to removing their debut album ‘Amok’, Godrich also removed his band Ultraista’s debut album from Spotify, while Thom Yorke’s solo album ‘The Eraser’ has also been taken down.
Godrich posted a number of messages on Twitter explaining his decision, and claimed that he believes the system is run by the “same old industry bods trying to get a stranglehold”. “The reason is that new artists get paid fuck all with this model. It’s an equation that just doesn’t work,” he wrote.
Spotify subsequently responded to Godrich’s complaints via NME, telling us that its long-term goal is to make sure artists are properly remunerated for putting their music on the service: “Spotify’s goal is to grow a service which people love, ultimately want to pay for, and which will provide the financial support to the music industry necessary to invest in new talent and music. We want to help artists connect with their fans, find new audiences, grow their fan base and make a living from the music we all love.”