|I've been speaking with Will from Cartel a little bit about the Chroma pressing announced earlier today, and he wanted to make sure to pass on the following message.|
Enjoy The Ride Records is well within their rights to release this product. Our intentions on Twitter were to let our fans know that this isn't our release that we have talked about for the last few years and that we did not coordinate any aspect of this particular release. That is NOT to say that ETR put out a bad product. From everything we can ascertain, it appears to be of very high quality and would make a great addition to the Cartel vinyl collection.
ETR did contact us regarding their intentions to put this out well over a year ago at which time we declined because we wanted to do it on our terms and without someone outside of Cartel having a say in the product. After that, there was no communication from us regarding the release. We had no idea it was being announced or released today so it caught us by surprise. There is absolutely nothing wrong with ETR's actions and nothing wrong with what we said regarding the surprise release. There should be no bad blood or sentiments between our fans, ETR, or the band. Unfortunately, Twitter is not the best outlet for explaining ANYTHING and our words were taken to mean something separate from what we intended by a few people. So, to clarify: we had nothing to do with this release but it is not something to avoid purchasing unless you don't want to own two versions of the same record. We support indie labels and want our fans to do the same. Hopefully, this sheds light on our remarks and indemnifies ETR from any wrongdoing in the matter. It was merely our intention to fully inform our fans about what this release is and we hope anyone who purchases the vinyl enjoys it thoroughly. One love. No hate.