Moving Right Along…

In a recent interview on XFM, Morrissey spoke of his new album, saying: “Journalists won’t like it but real people will” And you know I feel the same way…not about his album but about The Dears’ album. I suppose Morrissey has ample reason to have a fatalistic attitude toward the media, though I always assume that an extremely dark sense of humour is layered over everything he says in public. But what do I know? I’m just assuming.

We (The Dears) have been pretty busy planning our release, that we hope at least some journalists will like. We hope everyone would like it, journalist or not, but we understand that there are many haters out there so it’s out of our control. I guess after you’ve released over a dozen records (like Morrissey) you just give up trying to please everyone. I definitely feel a little more hardened with each release. Album number four is comparatively early on in our career, so the optimism and hope are still there. I just can’t help it.

We moved into a proper rehearsal space this week. We’d been jamming in our basement, two or three people at a time and finally when we had a rehearsal with five people it became brutally apparent that we needed a space. The wheels are in motion. We’re coming back.

8 Replies to “Moving Right Along…”

  1. Real people will like it (and I will too) I have enough confidence that I’ll buy it unheard. (I’ve been asking about pre-orders for months now.)

    Let me know when the Dears will hit Toronto.

  2. Even if you come to Toronto to try the new stuff out. Maybe at a small intimate place. The Horseshoe?

    According to research carried out by Avail Intelligence, music fans no longer look to professional critics to tell them what music to listen to. Although, I’m not certain the majority of the general population ever did read music reviews in the first place. However, Eight out of ten consumers apparently seek recommendations from other sources, including user reviews on online music stores and social networking sites. 40 percent of respondents said they seek advice from sources such as Amazon, the iTunes Music Store and the iLike application on Facebook, while top of the list with 41 percent of the vote was the opinions of friends and family.

    In addition to this, 51 percent said they prefer to buy their music on CD, while 25 percent favoured downloads. However, the average monthly spend on CDs came up at £9, which was just 38 percent of the monthly spend on downloads. Avail Intelligence’s CEO, Dr Rolf Elmer said: “What this research shows is that today’s consumer is more informed than ever and that personalisation will be critical for e-tailers looking to stand out”.

    – From CMUnlimited.

  4. humm interesting stats,

    I guess it depends on what kind of music you are buying. Sometimes seeing review on amazon is nice for music you are not familiar with. For example classical or Jazz cd’s as to which version is the best. But for rock/alt/pop whatever. It’s so subjective, I think it’s impossible to review.

  5. I would speculate that the “51% that favour CDs” buys much less new music than the “25% that favour downloads”… I don’t think the last download vs. CD stats I saw showed a 2:1 split.

  6. I’m ready to join the continuing musical journey of the band ,whatever new paths they take without the influence of a music review.It’s pretty much noticeable that when you read a bunch of reviews they usually all include rehashed ,regurgitated comments which is just lazy journalism

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