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Inception: San Diego, 1994
Influences: The Who, The Ramones, Cheap Trick
Disgusted with the RIAA's lawsuits against music lovers, the Experiments released their 2010 album, What Kind Of Animal? for free under the Creative Commons license.
Anyone is free to download, distribute, re-mix or otherwise use the songs for non-commercial purposes. “It’s ridiculous that a single mom gets fined $1.9 million for downloading 24 songs,” says bassist Dave Blood. “It’s criminal, and the RIAA are a criminal organization. So we say take our songs for free. You deserve them.”
The DIY album features the band writing, performing, recording, and mixing the songs themselves. “We recorded it in this big wood shop that some friends let us use,” according to singer/guitarist Dan Bonn. “We pushed the band saw and drill press aside, and set up the drums in the middle of the room. It sounded great in there. We did the vocals in Dan’s bathroom, and mixed it in his spare bedroom.”