Tuesday, October 04, 2005

THE SCENE IS DEAD

We're not entirely sure that Franz guitarist Nick McCarthy is especially concerned about his band's possible involvement in killing the Glasgow music scene. We believe there's a tendency, know by psychiatrists as Baron Jackwhite's Syndrome, for successful bands to attempt to stifle the scenes which, to untrained observers, they are loving and caring parents to. So maybe the concern is more crocodiley in its teariness:

"I don't know if it's a good or a bad thing that people are watching Glasgow a bit more closely. To be honest, it might destroy it."

He added: "If you're in London you get picked up and you're the next big thing before you've even any songs. In Glasgow there was no attention and we had a year to write our songs and progress and find our identity. Then it suddenly exploded."


He might have a point - Liverpool is still having trouble dealing with the Beatles what came from there, all these years on.


4 comments:

jona said...

On the other hand, it's a lot easier to get 'picked up' in a smaller scene like Glasgow/Liverpool/Manchester than it is in London, where there's at least 30-odd (very conservative guess) other 'unknown' bands playing on any night.

simon h b said...

Ah, but a lot of that depends on the chances of an A&R bod getting to see you.

To be fair to Macca's legacy, what really did for Liverpool post-Las was the refusal of A&R men to set foot in the city...

jona said...

That's a fair point. I guess the grass is always greener, speaking as someone who moved from Manchester 3 years ago, basically cos we felt our band didn't 'fit in' there, and we'd have a better chance in London...

I guess the problems in other regions are that London's only interested once in a while - is the North East this season's Glasgow/Liverpool/Manchester? - and if there is a local scene/label (ie Chemikal Underground, Deltasonic etc) if you don't fit into that you'll be pretty much ignored anyway.

simon h b said...

Mmm, you're spot on there, Jona - it must be galling to be a band on a local cicuit who's pretty good, but doesn't fit in with the "Newcastle/Merseyside/Wherever sound" of the moment - your home is crawling with A&R chequebooks, and you *still* can't get a look in...

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