I was asked by a peer lately “Do you think rock music will ever be as great as it was in the sixties and seventies again?”. Unfortunately I had to tell him no. Because I don’t. In fact it’s amazing to me that it was ever that good once. I think most Rock bands at this point in time are imitators of what once was. And people who look to the future instead are few and far between. There is a ton of “Stoner” groups out there, making the art of ripping off Black Sabbath their entire style. At the end of the day, these bands are all as underwhelming to me as the 60’s cover bands playing at singles-parties at the taverns about town. They write their own songs, but they might as well play covers. And whenever I talk to these people they tell me “There is no such thing as originality anymore”. My response is always “Says who?”. Every bird sings uniquely through their specific beak. And in 2018 I think it is important to appreciate your influences, but not be your influences. The way I found my sound was that I became completely acoustically based. That way I could reach the skeleton of the music, and build upon it later. But that clearly isn’t the solution for everyone. Music is way behind other art forms these days. Writers rarely think about imitating other writers for an example. Originality is real. Musicians are just stuck in a rut of what came before them, more often than not. Which is why I tend not to care for most new music, excluding anti-music and experimental audio art.
Basically if you start a rock band. Don’t just figure out a style and dismiss new compositions as “not our style”. Do all of it! Make it your style! Ween is the perfect example.
Roger Ebert hating a movie
I have decided, ever since I was invited on board Electronic Cottage, to never write negative reviews. What on Earth is the point of a bad review? Is it EVER enlightening to read “here is a good piece of art you never heard of, and it SUCKS!”. Even a good review serves no real purpose. I had bad as well as good reviews of my Stilletid releases, and in the beginning I read them, but soon discovered a review is just a review. Nothing more, and nothing less. The opinion of some useless journalist. But a bad review serves no purpose whatsoever. The whole mentality that the reviewer’s opinion matters needs to die. It is literally one person’s opinion. People like Roger Ebert, the famous movie reviewer, for example. Even he, a distinguished journalist, shouldn’t ever be able to tell you what you think. That is why I refuse to do bad reviews on EC and would sooner not write anything. If I ever write on here “this thing was not really my thing” I strongly recommend looking at it anyway!
When reviewers die and get asked by St. Peter “what did you do with your life” and have to reply “I pointed out what was shit about other people’s work”, I don’t think they’ll definitely be sent to hell, but I don’t doubt they will severely underwhelm our maker.
If you have dreams of writing, I don’t think you should write reviews. Write poetry. Write stories. Write a diary.
But don’t write reviews