We first wrote about startup Gimme Radio in November 2017 when it launched a free mobile app for streaming metal music – using a linear radio-style model rather than on-demand or playlist-based listening. A year on, it’s launching a new premium tier called Gimme Brigade. It’ll cost $4.99 a month, with features including ‘The Vault’ of all Gimme Radio’s past shows to listen to on-demand.
Members will also be able to download the shows for offline listening, although for now it will only be available in the US and Canada – although the company says more countries will get the feature soon.
There’s more to the Brigade though: Gimme Radio is styling it almost like a fan-club, complete with a sew-on patch (“with the member’s username and hometown chapter embroidered on it”) as well as a t-shirt, discounts on merchandise and the promise of other offers in the future. “Being a metalhead is about belonging to a community that shares a love for metal,” said CEO Tyler Lenane. “The Brigade represents everything Gimme Radio stands for, and The Vault is the number one requested feature from our fans.”