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The New Musical Revolution
‘Coventry band ‘This Broadcast’ hailed as the new musical revolutionaries’
As the UK music scene buzzes around the promise of instant fame competitions producing repetitious, clinical pop drones and jack of all trade entertainers, misdirecting our attention away from the struggles present living in todays society making it easier to forget the bigger picture, to forget the power music gives the people. Every few years the musical voice of the people is lost. It ceases to ring through the mainstream radio and TV channels turning music into a luxury, muting the voice of the people forcing the truth underground. There is a storm rising in the midland territories not seen since the days of the last recession in the late 70s with the ‘Two-Tone’ movement that brought us the likes of 'The Specials' and ‘The Selecter’ among others. A generation of kids who taught themselves guitar, busked the streets and discount shopping centres, real people paying their dues the old fashion way, built out of a desperation to be heard, to express themselves. An opposing force to the art school mediocrity of the middle classes stirs in again. It’s artists like ‘This Broadcast’ that personify through their music the daily struggle of the average person on the street. Reminding us of our rebellious roots and our right to question. Adding volume to that voice, increasing the gain, making music precious and powerful again. This broadcast are a midlands based band who have been playing the northern bars and clubs for the last few years, they have a dedicated fan base and are regulars on the live circuit. Their music is a collection of influences from ‘The Verve’, ‘The Stone Roses’, 'Joy Division'. Their lyrics speak of a working mans struggle, unemployment, that deep-set depression that oozes melancholy desire for change and upheaval, a sound that recognises the pain and the struggle of the man on street. They’ve been called council house rockers and tenement building prophets but the thing that caught my interest was a flyer I picked up at one of their London shows some eight months previously.
The propaganda flyer was simple it carried the V for vendetta logo and carried the slogan ‘Fight for your freedom, before the freedom to fight has gone’. The club was littered with these and at the time I thought nothing of it and put it in my pocket. It wasn’t until I had the chance to interview the band and put the question to them about these flyers and posters that kept on popping up at their gigs that I found out about what they dubbed as the ‘Vendetta’ movement. The band informed me that they weren’t the only ones to be targeted by this propaganda. The flyer and others like it had been popping up at other artist’s shows up and down the country. The band noted an increase in attendance at their shows and a more volatile atmosphere in the crowd. Something that frontman Hall picked up on and enjoyed exploiting.
This isn’t the first time controversy has followed the band. Internet hackers have been offering musicians on Facebook and YouTube the chance to get more views and likes. For every £1000 euros they will buy 10,000 likes or views. With bands trying to break into the mainstream and record labels expecting a lot more than just music from their potential signings there is a real scramble to tick all the boxes and make an act seem as desirable as possible. This can more often than not lead to a number of scams designed to extract money from artists desperate to stand out from their counterparts. This Broadcast' have been approached a number of times regarding scams like this, on almost a weekly basis. Front man Halls believes "If labels sign you on likes alone and not on the quality of the music anymore, then the future of the British music industry looks bleak indeed.” The band recently discovered over 4000 illegal downloads of their song 'Suddenly' on pirate bay. “Its hard when you are struggling to keep your head above water to think that someone is scamming your music and taking potential sales away, I wouldn’t mind so much if the charts recognized the downloads but at the moment there is little anyone can do, so when we hear about this vendetta style gorilla marketing, talking about bringing down the establishment and changing the current trend of art-school, manufactured pin ups you can’t help but gravitate towards their way of thinking.” Say’s front man Halls.
‘This Broadcast’ are due to release their new EP ’Hopes and Lights’ on Reference Records on the 20th of December and it promises to be the beginning of something revolutionary!