A reader posed an interesting question to Alternative Control last week: what should the role of successful, established bands be in guiding younger bands that are coming onto the scene? And honestly, I didn’t know how to answer. First, what makes a band “successful” or “established”? Success for my own bands means that our friends… Continue reading Working Together: The Drummers Weigh In
Another summer is upon us, and with it more great local and national shows. On the first day of June, Cherry Street Station in Wallingford kicks things off with Drunk Dan’s Summer Shit Show. The Decibel Magazine Tour is rolling into Toad’s Place on 6/4, featuring Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death, Immolation, and Magrudergrind. Your favorite… Continue reading Summer Metal Update 2013
A week or two ago, Metal Cyndicate released a podcast (Episode 15: AlcoholiCAST) that caused a furor in the local metal community. On-air guest Matt “Rape Machine” Broderick ruffled feathers by listing his least favorite Connecticut bands. Seems like the fastest way to make yourself unpopular, but someone who calls himself Rape Machine clearly… Continue reading Dudes in Our Metal Scene: They’re Not All Rape Machines
On the surface, it appears that there has never been a better time to be an independent musician than within the last decade. A crumbling, non-evolving music business model was taken hostage by Napster and then metaphorically sold to iTunes around 2002, MTV changed their programming outlook to such a point that the new… Continue reading Held Tightly In Your Hands – The CD vs. MP3 Census.