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with such speed nowadays. guess it shouldnt matter but it does
mainly because I've had experience of bloggers being so far up themselves. Which I appreciate is not fair on everyone, but I stopped blogging a long time ago after I learned what some people can be like. Never looked back. The Internet... t'choh.
ONE: I think complaining about people telling you about a band just because they are 3 months old is very stupid. Why should a band have to exist for 3 years before anyone can be told about them? To wait for them to get ‘better’? Bands don’t get better as they get older, they get shitter. Very very shitter.
"Brian Oblivion: …Actually, Madeline had a record contract when she was nine years old.
Madeline Follin: Yeah, it was pretty funny. My stepdad's band was recording, and I just got on the mic. He had me cover "Amoeba" by the Adolescents, and some record company offered to sign me, but my parents wouldn't let me."
So, like - this ‘hype ‘em early’ thing has been going on for at least 10 years already then?
If someone has music out there and someone likes it enough to talk about it then its fair enough really.
I just think its amusing that a band who spend most of the interview going "well, we're not really a band" have an interview on main new feed of Pitchfork.
Although your second point raises quite how much this all smells. I bet they're already signed to Matador and OH WAIT VIRAL
didn't really mean 'Complain' - I probably should have said "I think this sense of unease is misplaced and borne out of an industry too keen to lean on cynicism"...or something. Also, I could have picked a better word than 'stupid'. I didn't really do very well there did I?
As someone who ran a dj night playing demos and self-releases I think this kind of thing is more than acceptable.
Of course, I do have an ulterior motive for defending this pre-emptive hype/not hype thing:
HRSH MRLD SHRKS!
And I can think of some bands that have taken three years to become anywhere near as good as they can be.
for my statement up there, I accept that, but the sentiment is relatively true though - a truism. Most bands have one good album in them and its usually their first. For whatever reason.
But I maintain that the time in a band's life when it is most fun for them, and therefore more fun for the people around them, i.e. the audience, is always at the beginning. Always.
Setting up and getting it on is the best bit. Once you have to start talking 'serious tours' and 'proper albums' or, mercy, 'the second album'.....the good times are over baby.
And most bands first three months are scrabbling to get gigs and playing shit venues when you do.
If a band stops having fun they should split but I'd also question the creativity and ideas of a band that loses its enjoyment and spontaniety that quickly.
if the music of a three month old band is enjoyed and talked about and they go on to be even better in 3 years whats the problem? Do we hold off talking about them until they reach the third year? No we just enjoy the music that's there and hope there is more to come.
Certainly I wouldnt have wanted my band to have got exposure that quickly though and I do think the problem can be that if the band don't deliver on their potential dead quickly they get forgotten before they've even had time to begin.
I can't think of many bands who've had attention that quickly and attained any kind of longetivity.
Or just Brian to his mum.
is that 'they have no Myspace', or at least no music on one, is becoming a hype pitch of its own, suggesting some sort of mystery and requirement to go the extra yard to find out about them, which just suggests instead that some people have become too spoonfed by the availability of new music. And that Pete Green is some sort of trailblazer.
when they've no myspace.
Is worthy of writing about and I'm glad I'm listening to it now rather than not. Isn't that about all there is to it?
Don't personally listen to every band expecting them to be musical saviours