Thursday, 11 July 2013
The Royal Landscaping Society
The Royal Landscaping Society are without a doubt the best band around in 2013. Groups talk a lot about being independent and pleasing themselves but as we all know they do nothing of the sort. They write to order pleasing the record company and target audience first and quite often release music they neither like or are proud of. All for what - to sell 300 singles? A pointless waste of time for everybody concerned. If they are frightened of following their own instincts and slavishly pleasing the target audience at such a micro level what would they be like if they actually started attracting interest away from the two hundred people worldwide that actually care! A worrying prospect! Every now and then a group comes along who are truly making music for the love and passion they feel for their music and doing it for all of the right reasons. The Royal Landscaping Society are one of those groups. They are the most important and vital group we have at the moment. Back in around February, I was so impressed with the sound and attitude of the band that I sent some interview questions to Cris, the main songwriter. He was thrilled with my interest and with the interview request. A few weeks went by before receiving an email from Cris apologising about the fact that the band couldn't agree on the answers to any of the questions and that the interview couldn't be completed. Given that one of the questions asked what their names were and what instruments they play made me love the band even more. A true punk rock spirit!!! Most bands would be falling over thenselves to self promote and mention how songwriting is oh so difficult and you couldn't possibly understand how sensitive I am. There has been talk in some circles about the amount of C86 era bands reforming and a lack of new, young groups coming through. I'm never particularly excited about the old groups reforming as POP! has never been about pot bellies and bald patches. Again, it is ego driven and lots of people can't resist the allure of commanding an audience of 30 disinterested people on a wet Wednesday evening. If it is done for the right reasons then hey! why not, but if you talk to any of the people in the newly reformed bands they have absolutely no interest whatsoever in indiepop and more interest in their egos being massaged and who will buy them a drink. Along with this they usually turn out to be the most uninteresting people you could have the misfortune to meet. The interesting characters are always in the audience never the bands. In most cases the enablers are far more knowledgable and good to talk to than the artists. The lack of new groups coming through is easy to answer - why would they? Twenty or thirty years ago there was nothing else to do but to form a band if you had even the slightest interest in music. You might even be able to get a girlfriend. These days there are so many other things available to young people that sacrificing a lot of time, money and energy on a futile attempt at making it is bottom of the list of priorities. Most bands are paid less (if at all) for small gigs these days than they were years ago so it becomes an expensive hobby. Why not go to the football instead. Once Top of the Pops finished music ceased to be of any importance in the mainstream. Whoever you ask that was always the dream show to appear on, with that gone where is the incentive? I have never been a massive collector of records. I have a box of 7" singles that I absolutely love but after that I'm not particularly bothered. I like mp3s for the convenience. Some people want to keep vinyl alive. Why? I don't care what format the music comes in as long as it is good and I can hear it. Vinyl gives a certain amount of power to companies that want to have a carrot to control naive bands that think vinyl is important to please their fanbase. These days it is possible to bypass the record companies and groups to do everything themselves. Why would they want to give up their creative control to somebody else to have a final say on releases. I do sometimes like the idea of putting on some gigs for bands I like as I still see this as a very vital way of contributing. I am not negative about the scene or the people involved. What I hate is the hypocrisy and the dishonesty. Putting on gigs is a pure way of showing passion and commitment to the music and I applaud everybody that takes the time and effort to organise events. Anyway, in the absence of an interview here are two videos that prove The Royal Landscaping Society are the best pop band in the world at the moment. Enjoy!!