"Organic" growth on the part of a band--i.e. getting better and building an audience by touring and recording--is actually denied them when the blog ankle-biters swarm in, unless the band is refusenik enough to extricate themselves from the whole process. And obviously most aren't. And the kind of indie/indie-pop virtues that Black Kids trade on--unskilled but earnest bands playing against the limits of their abilities--have no place in the rather ruthlessly "professionalized" world of insta-attention, where you have to grow-up into a Totally Freakin' Mind-Blowing Band within months, sometimes weeks.
This the paragraph that gets me most about this article.
In all fairness, I haven't heard Black Kids' music so I won't comment on the quality personally, although the article spells it out as charming, maybe, but pretty rough.
On Oct. 2, a band I love called the Most Serene Republic put out a new album. They've been touring Canada relentlessly for the past couple of years on a promising debut and when they released a tour EP last year it showed a huge progression in, well, pretty much every way. The new album Population builds on it more, being a sprawling, sonically dense album with little melodies popping out everywhere...it's clearly the product of a ton of work. A TON. I love it, so I'm not giving an objective opinion, but there it is.
What frustrates me is that this is a band that's definitely put in their time. They've shown clearly that they're taking bounds and leaps forwards in terms of proficiency, and they've got a great new album on their hands. And they've been utterly ignored
. I have yet to read a review in a major-ish (think Pitchfork; they reviewed the debut) publication for it even three weeks later.
And the total lack of attention is probably due to the phenomena explained above.
The Most Serene Republic were the first band that were signed to Arts&Crafts that didn't include members of Broken Social Scene, and so they got a bunch of attention for that, initially. They're a big band, seven members, so a bunch of bloggers expecting another Broken Social Scene jumped on tMSR's debut and ripped it apart. They weren't "Totally Freakin' Mind-Blowing" then, so everyone wrote them off. But I think they are now.
....and Black Kids are getting the attention instead. That bothers me.
Basically, what you should be getting from this rant is that the article is pretty good and that you should get Population by the Most Serene Republic. Yep.