Not sure if the following news will create as big of a ripple in the music world as the time that Fat Joe left Atlantic Records, but it looks like Fort Worth-based pop-rock band Green River Ordinance has parted ways with Capitol Records.
According to the band's producer, Jordan Critz, the split was somewhat mutual. Capitol had plans to renew GRO's contract, which had just ended, but, according to Critz, "the label was talking about bringing in co-songwriters." But the guys in the band decided that they wanted to write their own songs, thank you very much, and now find themselves label-less and penny-less.
Now that they don't have Capitol's wallet paying top dollar for studio time and production costs, the band members are left to their own devices to raise money for their next record--and they're doing so by asking for donations from their fans. It actually seems to be working pretty well: As of right now, it looks like they've already grabbed over $6,000--almost half of their $15,000 fundraising goal. And, they still have about a month to go on their donation site's deadline.
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In the meantime, the band will be issuing a newly recorded acoustic EP on their upcoming tours, which haven't slowed down despite the lack of Capitol's, well, capital. This weekend, the band will open for Goo Goo Dolls and Switchfoot at Superpages.com Center.