Thursday, 1 July 2010
"The reality is much murkier and disconnected..."
Julie from LoneLady got in touch with us (after that MOJO piece). Read her views over the jump.
"Just a few thoughts, for what its worth.
I felt article on 'new music from Manchester' was very surface-y and didn't really say anything. I wonder why journalists bother to meet artists/bands etc face to face and record their words only to omit virtually everything they've said. When I spoke to Mojo I was very critical of music 'journalism' for not trying to present a more nuanced view of the way music happens and emerges. I criticised clique-iness and closed-mindedness, and snobbiness (hardly particular only to Manchester). None of this criticism appeared.
I tried to describe that I felt music was full of echoes of what went before, but combined with imagination; hard work, originality can still exist.
Many times I have been asked about a 'Manchester sound'. Journalists who have never been to Manchester, or have visited once, tell me with total authority that my album 'has a Manchester sound'. a) I don't know what this means b) they haven't listened to more that the opening 3 tracks at best c) imagine this is some catch-all term for 'a bit dark', whatever that means.
I have said I find certain bands from Manchester of that period inspiring, but I am not exclusively informed by music from this era/region. The latter part of that sentence gets cut as it doesn't fit the journalists' angle.
Its very reductive for an artist to be shoehorned into some lineage because of short-sighted dull-witted journalism. It seems no longer possible for media to allow breathing space around emerging bands/artists ..to let them be uncertain, murky, a hybrid of lots of different feelings, colours, turnings and cul-de-sacs.
There are hobby bands and nakedly ambitious bands; I feel they dilute the reasons for music-making, and music itself... as though there are 'how to be post-punk/ [insert favoured era] DIY kits for sale. And bad journalism/TV programmes/articles etc strengthen this..treating music fans as though we were all cretins who couldn't manage or cope with a more in-depth article that might contain criticism or not fit with the received template of what music/ an artist / a music listener should be.
Anyone might be forgiven for thinking I am some flag waving Factory/Manchester patriot, given some of the misrepresentation of LoneLady out there. Nor am I interested in being attached to some 'scene' of new music. The reality is much murkier and disconnected than that, as most normal people know. I can only continue to convey this, to whoever might be listening."