A pox on Amazon and the cheap CD sellers who reside therein – a pox, I tells ye!
In the first couple of weeks of the month, your humble blogger has found himself purchasing these fine examples of metallic riffery…
The first RoF album that I bought this month…
…and the second.
Inspired by watching last year’s doc about his life, “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne”
I’m seeing ’em in September, Greece’s power metal riffsmiths, Firewind…
That’s a lot of stuff to wrap my ears around, let me tell you. The Ozzy best-of, particularly, is a sizeable beast, reflecting a large swathe of his solo career, from the eighties to his “Down to Earth” album from the early noughties. And as the caption suggests, my purchase was motivated by it being super-cheap and fresh in my mind after watching the “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” documentary when it was televised on the UK’s BBC Four Arts channel last week. A great film, too, if you haven’t seen it – it puts the double O in some kind of context for people who thought that they had a handle on him and for those who were only familiar with the rough edges smoothed off version depicted in “The Osbournes” reality series.
I’m also getting a head-start on Firewind’s back catalogue before going to see their gig in Sheffield in September – their album “Allegiance“ is also on the way, and they’ve been in fairly heavy rotation on my Spotify for the last couple of weeks.
I’m sure that this isn’t the end of my musical acquisition spree this month – much to the lamentation of my delightful better half, who’s going to have to use the D.I.Y. side of her brain to figure out some storage solutions quick smart, lest we be drowned in a sea of power metal cd’s…
I was reading a fun post over at Electric Eye today which got me to thinking about music scenes and the ways we can support new bands at the earliest stage of their career.
It’s always tempting to go and see bands who are further up the chain – see the poster above, for the Delain/Trillium/Halcyon Way show that I’ll be going to on Sunday night – but what about bands who aren’t at the festival/releasing albums/career musician stage that Delain are at? In this age of non-existent record sales, established labels being shut down by corporate parents and a worrying sense that rock is being marginalised ever further, shouldn’t we as music fans be taking a leaf from the punk and hardcore scenes are supporting our bands in a direct way?
I apologise if you’re reading this and I’m teaching you to suck eggs – I know that a great many music fans are already all too cognizant that it’s more difficult than ever for bands to build a career and make a living from playing music and are doing their part to directly support the music that they love. It’s the other guys that I’m talking to.
And I recognize that it’s very easy for me to blog about this stuff and then do nothing myself to try to make a difference. To which end – I propose a strategy, a plan for moving forward, if you will?
Every time that I go to see a more established band from now on, I’m going to try to balance that reasonably easy option out by going to see unsigned and local bands who really do need the support at this nascent stage.
To which end, meet the first band that I intend to go and see live – Manchester’s Gone Til Winter, who are due to play at the Dove & Rainbow in Sheffield on Friday 11th May with Awaker in support. I’ve been listening to and enjoying their stuff after seeing them linked on Spotify. Their website, linked above, has an embedded music player so that you can make up your own mind.
That’s the plan – it will get me out to more gigs and I now have an excuse to plant myself directly in front of bass players and get a sense of what they’re doing in a live situation. Win-Win!