Indie Rock Band to Internet: We Have Lots of Feelings

Jul 17th, 2007 // 7 Comments

band28.jpg In a pretty weird method of urging a generally conservative daily newspaper audience to check out a rock show in a stinky club, the Baltimore Sun devoted a big color photo and multiple columns to Texas indie rockers Voxtrot today, mostly to talk about how no one’s paying attention to them anymore and to mention the mediocre reception the band’s newest album has received from the online press corps. Voxtrot’s singer, Ramesh Srivastava, hilariously comes off like a Luddite-by-necessity, forced to take aim at all Internet-related activity because a bunch of bloggers have suddenly spurned him. (First person to locate the dude’s Netflix queue gets $20.) One of Srivastava’s complaints did ring true, however: “”The internet is a very dark place to be.” Tell us about it, dude.

Internet Killed the Radio Star [Baltimore Sun]

  1. Pop Cesspool

    That photo isn’t of Voxtrot. It’s of a ZZ Top cover band that has an extra Frank Beard.

  2. Ned Raggett

    He said the band’s new album hasn’t generated much excitement because it’s not that good.

    We need more of this.

  3. Paperboy 2000

    Boo hoo…it must be really rough getting asked to play Pitchfork Music Festival.

    Oh, and “Online grocery shopping is killing the produce industry” also.

  4. Lucas Jensen

    I actually agree with a lot of what Ramesh is saying here about disposability of music and the like, though I don’t really think Netflix is the problem. But maybe people just don’t like it. I don’t find them very boo-hoo at all, honestly, but I think they need to recognize the fact that something about what they’re doing isn’t moving people, which is okay if they’re okay with it!

  5. CloudCarrier

    Ah, double standards. On one hand, if this band were to keep mum about their hype machine rating being less than stellar, they would probably have some sort of revival with their next record, three or four years later (i.e. the differences in popularity of the last two Rapture records), with heaps of praise and stillborn “remember them?” bylines. But if they, themselves, even mention the lack of attention on their new, not as great debut album of today (full disclosure: this record really deserves better, honestly, 39 listens later), it’s sour grapes.

    If only someone could revive & present the illustrious Fickle Finger of Fate Award at the 2018 Plug Awards, I hope it certainly isn’t Mr. Srivastava. Maybe if Peter Perrett is still alive? Double question mark?

  6. ozacrot

    Is this a surprise to anybody? The thrust of so many of the “have-you-heard-of-these-newfangled-mp3-blogs” articles found in pretty much every entertainment paper has spent substantial time talking about fickleness. Nobody stays a blog sweetheart forever. There are too many voices out there, and too much incentive to move on for anybody to be talked about universally for too long. I doubt Arcade Fire will get the same attention when their next album comes out. Lily Allen’s pissed that the blogs have a new girl.

    Basically, blogs can help, but if you’re expecting them to be the bulk of your support base, you’re going to be disappointed when you’re not undiscovered anymore.

  7. loudersoft

    Note to bands: grow some balls, please?

    Getting too jammed up about your own press is just as bad (or worse) on the internet than it was with traditional outlets like magazines.

    Quit reading your goddamned press and checking the Elbo.Ws/HypeM charts so much and go make some good records. If you fuck up, don’t cry about it: make the next record better. That’s one thing that the press can’t do for you: make your records not suck.

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