The Crimea have announced plans to give away their second album, 'Secrets of the Witching Hour', yes that's right, for a free download of the whole album.

Although a CD format will be available to those wanting one, the band are hoping that the free album will increase their fan base and they will be able to earn enough from increased merchandise and live ticket sales to fund this venture. Adverts on the download page will also help the band earn money; this is a model that the music industry will be watching very closely as they struggle to prosecute even a small fraction of illegal downloaders.

Produced in London, Latvia and Norfolk, the album also boasts vocals from Regina Spektor and Paris Motel's Amy May.

The band will be performing live on the following dates:
16th - Electric Ballroom London
21st - Bristol, Thekla
25th -Stoke Sugarmill
26th - South Wales Queen's Hall
29th - Surrey Boiler Room
30th - Reading The Fez
31st - Wrexham The Central Station

1st - Nottingham Social
2nd - Birmingham Bar Academy
3rd - Liverpool Academy II
5th - Leeds Rios
6th - Leicester Charlotte
7th - Wolverhamton Civic
8th - Sheffield Leadmill
9th - Manchester Joshua Brookes
11th - Northampton Soundhaus
13th - Brighton The Barfly
14th - Norwich Arts Centre
15th - Southampton Joiners
16th - Aldershot West End Centre
18th - York Fibbers
19th - Glasgow King Tuts
20th - Edinburgh The Cabaret Voltaire

2nd - London The Borderline
3rd - London The Borderline