Ok, I’ve been thinking about this lately and thought I would share. After seeing The Cold War Kids and Kings of Leon I started thinking about how unique both of those bands are. With Cold War Kids, there is just this pure raw energy. They have a true passion for what they do. Their music is very intense and not the norm. KOL have a very distinctive sound. Caleb’s voice is just amazing. And their sound is very eerie and rock-n-roll.
Then I started thinking about what kind of music I hear on the radio. Most of the bands I listen to aren’t heard on the radio. And I enjoy that. Not that I don’t want the bands I support to not have fame and fortune, but when bands become “mainstream” they loose some of their uniqueness. They don’t have the freedom to create the music they want. Instead, they have the pressure from the record company and the pressure to make another “hit”.
I also enjoy the intimateness you get with a lesser know band. I remember the good ole’ days of Doosu. I was the coolest thing to watch them play, standing right in front of the stage, and then getting to talk to them after the show. When I saw Cold War Kids, it was in a small venue (bar if you will) and we could have easily met them afterwards. KOL played at the Palladium. Even though it was bigger and there were tons of people there, I still didn’t feel distant from the band. Once a band is too big to play at Nokia, then they loose that connection with the audience. Seeing a band at American Airlines is almost like watching them on TV.
In conclusion, I just want to say that I enjoy the variety of music I listen to. Once in a survey that Kristin did about me, it said what kind of music did I like and she responded “weird stuff”. And I smiled cause it’s true. It’s such a joy to find new music that engulfs you and takes you to new places. Then to be able to see the people who create this music is even better.