My rock band was recording a Demo EP with a friend of a member of the band. This friend lost his job and house and left the country before he had a chance to mix and master the tracks. And he didn't give us a copy of the individual tracks to master. So we're pretty much stuck with OK recordings. They're not terrible, but they're not fantastic either.
We've invested a lot of time on this, and I'd like to release it onto Spotify, iTunes, etc... We're just starting to try to get our name out there, and I believe that having SOMEthing (even if it isn't amazing.) to show people is better than nothing. Some people in the band believe that it is better to have an amazing album to wow people. Because if peoples' first impression of us is that we suck, then we wouldn't be able to win those people as fans. I think the recordings are good enough to distribute.
Is it considered good industry practice to only release and distribute "polished music"? Or is it ok for an artist to release and distribute an average quality album?
Its easier to listen to music, rather than talk about it. Here's a couple of tracks off this EP that I want to release: