Whenever a tour exclusive release is announced it always causes a pit in my stomach because there is usually means any collection I have going will likely stay, or become incomplete. Many times these tour exclusives are the lone outstanding item I need to complete a collection. Thankfully Asian Man Records did the right thing with this Dan Andriano and Mat Pryor Tour Split 7”, as they sold some copies online and made them available on said tour.
If you ask anyone that is the way to do it; make a release accessible to as many people as possible. It’s one thing for there to be a tour exclusive variant (I’m not a huge fan of those either), but it’s an entirely different thing for a release to only be available on a tour. People make the argument tour exclusives reward fans, specifically the most diehard or “true” fans in particular. But there will always be circumstances beyond any so called diehard or “true” fans control. For example, what if a tour doesn’t stop anywhere near them? Or they can’t go because they can’t afford to take off work for any multitude of reasons. Or they have a baby to take care of at home. Then there are the unforeseen medical reasons or other life things that get in the way, like weddings, child birth, funerals. Why should someone who happens to live in North Dakota or Alaska miss out on a record based solely on that circumstance? And why should that person be forced to pay $100 for said record on the secondary market if they want it?
Rant over. Back to the finer details of this split 7”. It’s not your traditional split, as both Dan Andriano and Matt Pryor sing on both songs (two songs on this split, one per side) and shared writing duties for one of them (the b-sided is a Paul Simon cover). The 7” is housed in a thin jacket, not a fold over sleeve or one of those paper sleeves 45 singles used to come in. It also comes with a download card/code, which yields you ridiculously large WAV files that are over 2 gigs in size. Those two songs are bigger files than some band’s entire discographies that I have in iTunes, and not bands with 2 or 3 albums either. For example New Found Glory, Alkaline Trio, Against Me! And Circa Survive.
This split 7” was pressed on two colors, white and black, each limited to 500 copies apiece. It cost about $10 if you ordered this online from Asian Man Records. Both colors were available online, with white being the only one to sell out (online) as of posting this.