Daily Archives: February 22, 2010

The Winds of Change

You know when you wait and you wait for an album to come out, and then when it does it totally sucks and sounds nothing like any of the band or artist’s other albums? That’s what this week’s Dustinland is about. And hey, I know artists need to change and evolve. But sometimes you like a band for a reason, and it can be very frustrating to hear them change their sound — especially when, like many of today’s bands, they change their sound early on in their career with only one or two albums under their belt. Because it’s one thing if you’re making a big change after four albums. It’s another thing when you’re a relatively new band.

The thing that frustrates me is often the attitude expressed by some artists in interviews. There can be a sort of open hostility even to simple questions that reference previous work. Sometimes — not always — you read these quotes that reflect this holier than thou attitude, a sort of “fuck the fans” blow off where musicians express disdain for their fans for merely liking their sound and wanting to hear more of it. Logically speaking, it makes sense. You like a band because you like what their music sounds like. If that sound changes, you may not like the new sound and hence may be disappointed and unhappy with the band. Pretty basic logic, yet it seems that these days, once musicians get any sort of following they feel they can churn out anything and their fans will eat it up.

Hey, I’m not against all instances of change. Sometimes it works out for the better. But a lot of the time it’s just change for the sake of change.