“The enterprise mannequin of Tiny Engines seems to be this: Use the cash that the extra profitable bands make on funding small releases and signings. By no means pay the profitable band for so long as humanly potential”
Grownup Mother has accused their document label Tiny Engines of breach of contract, citing numerous alleged late royalty funds in addition to “unprofessional” conduct in subsequent discussions about returning the musician’s masters.
In a sequence of tweets yesterday (November 9), the lo-fi indie artist – whose actual identify is Stevie Knipe – took to Twitter with an preliminary 18-part thread detailing their current wrangles with the label. They declare that Tiny Engines despatched “0 [zero] statements or royalty funds” between signing for them in 2015 and Could 2018, and have been “sporadic and irresponsible” in doing so since then. See the important thing tweets beneath.
Since posting the thread, Tiny Engines alumni Model Pussy, now signed to Epitaph Information, retweeted with a remark that appeared to recommend they’d skilled comparable issues whereas signed to the label. Knipe additionally tweeted to say they’re conscious of “at LEAST 10 different bands on this label who’ve skilled this or one thing comparable”.
A number of different bands and musicians have since commented in help of Knipe, together with Eating regimen Cig, Titus Andronicus and Speedy Ortiz singer Sadie Dupuis.
The artist has remained energetic on social media all through the weeekend, posting messages of thanks for the help provided to her by followers and artists, a listing of the way followers can financially help them with out contributing to Tiny Engines, and a reminder that there’ll nonetheless be a brand new Grownup Mother document subsequent yr.
Grownup Mother has launched two albums up to now: 2015’s Momentary Lapse of Fortunately and 2017’s Delicate Spots, each by way of Tiny Engines. Watch the video for ‘Drive Me Residence’ beneath.
On the Tiny Engines web site, Grownup Mother is now listed underneath ‘Alumni’ quite than ‘Present Artists’. There was no official response to Knipe’s accusations from Tiny Engines on the time of writing. NME has reached out for remark.