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there is a band called 'ladyhawk' as well as that rubbish singing woman 'ladyhawke', yes?
With a young Matthew Broderick also starring.
there is a type of bird called a hawk. They come in both male and female varieties. You could, in a formal setting, refer to a female hawk as a 'lady hawk'.
Near-criminal mismanagement/under-promotion meant there was only about a handful of people in attendance at their gig at the Borderline a short while ago. It was a big shame.
the Borderline show was one of two London dates, the other one being the Windmill which was packed
dunno, the band seemed happy when they stayed at mine:
Not that I was there at the second gig. The band were great at the Borderline, despite the soundcheck-level attendance.
and the band were happy with how the tour went
it's very easy for people on these boards to shoot their mouths off about certain artists not being as popular as they deserve, but a good deal harder to actually do something constructive
And it's not my job at all to do something constructive in this area - apparently it's yours.
They do deserve to be more popular and I hope it happens eventually. I've met very few people who have even heard of them, despite them being really great and on a respected and fairly sizeable record label. Based on my limited experience I can only assume that this is because more money/time is spent on promoting other artists than on Ladyhawk - for whatever reasons - but I'm perfectly happy to be corrected if that's untrue.
i never said it was your job to do anything, just that it's harder to do something than simply make comments
you admit you don't know the background here, so why make the assertion that "near-criminal mismanagement/under-promotion meant there was only about a handful of people in attendance"...?
it's usually been underpromoted, either that or the band is shit and Ladyhawk are really good...
Do Ladyhawk get the same sort of attention/promo budget as other Jagjaguwar bands?
you can promote a gig all you want, but if people aren't already familiar with the band, they're not going to pay much notice. For me, it just seems that the media haven't latched on to Ladyhawk in the way that they deserve.
the Borderline show was promoted by Mean Fiddler - who don't stint on advertising - and branded by Uncut magazine as one of their club nights, which meant coverage in both the magazine and on its website
the bill also featured The Dudes and, as a last minute addition, The War On Drugs
it was a value for money ticket, which was heavily promoted... you can't force people to come to gigs! there is plenty of choice in London, especially in the autumn/winter
"attention" is not a quantifiable factor
and yes, Ladyhawk's promo budget was substantial for a band at their level: we're an independent label in the Touch & Go mould ie any profits are split 50/50 between artist and label, which means the amount spent on promo has to be approved by the artist/management
these things are a collaborative effort between the band, label, booking agent and promoter
i ask again: where do you get the idea that there was "near-criminal mismanagement"?
that's a somewhat pejorative phrase, no?
It wasn't meant to infer that you, personally, fucked everything up but I maintain that they get little exposure relative to other bands at their level and that's got to be a factor in why almost nobody I speak to has been turned on to them yet.
I'm sure they'll get more popular the longer they stick around but it just strikes me as sad that there are other bands "at their level" who sell out small venues routinely. They certainly don't seem to get much buzz online, even around record release time.
here is a selection (apologies for linking to Metacritic, it's not a complete round-up):
but Ladyhawk are not, by their own admission, a fashionable band:
(i love their blog)
it's great that you like them, so why not tell your friends?
would be more helpful than accusing people of "near-criminal" behaviour!
They seem quite shy.
have a think about what you have posted.