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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Billboard: Streetlight Manifesto & Victory Records

The same day Victory Records releases the last album in their contract with Streetlight Manifesto on November 6, the band will issue an album containing acoustic versions of the same songs on their own label. It's something of a musical middle finger to the label from the ska-punk stalwarts, who earlier this year called on their fans to boycott the long-running Chicago-based indie.

Speaking with Billboard.biz, Kalnoky says that the band is on friendly terms with some Victory staffers, but has long been at odds with label founder Tony Brummel.

Brummel declined to comment for this story. In an email to Billboard.biz, he wrote, "Enjoy the Victory bashing."

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