Nosing through the weekly gig guides as one often does, (although I don’t get to as many as I’d like), you can’t help but notice the lack of “original” artists.
Now don’t get me wrong, a good covers band on a drunken night out is a wonderful thing, mainly because you can sing along (albeit loudly and shouting the wrong lyrics), but without some new music injected into the scene, it doesn’t take long to become stagnant.
There is a lot of talent in the local area, both covers acts and original artists, and without the support of the local punters and venues, a lot of bands tend to fall by the wayside. A lot of the local acts have die-hard fans who go out of their way to help promote their favourite musicians, and that’s a good thing, but they need people to listen.
So by all means, do browse through the gig guide and if there’s a band you love, and have seen play many times on at the same time as a band you’ve not heard of, then take a chance. The likes of Metallica and Iron Maiden started in local pubs and clubs, and the next big artists are out there waiting to be discovered. The internet might be the easiest way to discover music, but it’s certainly not the best way to experience it.
There are a few very good live music venues in the area, but unless people go to them we’re going to lose them, and that would be a tragedy for our local music scene.