for us, the event gave us a great opportunity to get people in a room that we've been chasing for a long time, and positive things have come from playing it already.
I view it as every bit important and beneficial as playing SXSW for Oppenheimer this year.
think it worked for a lot of bands - alloy mental, la faro, iain archer, oppenheimer etc etc all played two shows as far as i can gather.
it coincided with snow patrol @ madison square gardens as well.
there'll be meaty coverage of the whole thing on atl online and an atl tv special for those of you interested.
As with all these things, the proof is in the pudding. Hopefully something will come out of it, but if it doesnt then it will smack of junket for all of us imho.
In terms of the actual event having been present there were a whack of industry types there and I know that Duke Special had 3 meetings the following day off the back of the performance. Foy Vance seemed to get some heads turned.
Cashier no9 won the crowd over incredibly well but I dunno if Danny and co got any interest, same with the other turns. Turn out was good but not amazing and all bands played very well. We're going to follow it up and see just what came of it.
Paul M has a point tho, in that if anything it seems to have be thrown at the Snow Patrol date, which was a double-edged sword, but I dunno if that was the case or not.
[quote:180860b998]There was a deeply disturbing, anarchist aggro-techno band, Alloy Mental (official site, MySpace) , that performed. The group's lead singer scowled, growled, swung his microphone like a lasso, jettisoned his mike stand into the crowd, menaced his bassist, and skulked off stage when it appeared the crowd wasn't quite as into it as he would have liked. I found it all very camp.[/quote:180860b998]
[quote:7781e256fc]The winner for Most Likely to Succeed was a two-man collective from Belfast named Oppenheimer ... they make a lot more noise than two people should. I kept mentioning to my co-worker that they had to be hiding a bassist and another guitarist backstage to fill out their sound. [/quote:7781e256fc]
[quote:588af590ec]we saw Duke Special (official site, MySpace), the one-man band created by Belfast native Peter Wilson. ... His sound suggested Keane melded with a more eccentric, Kurt Weill sensibility. [/quote:588af590ec]
KEANE? no, no, NO!!!
the above excerpt about Martin and Oppenheimer, agreed.
yet nothing about LAFARO, CASHIER NO.9 or ROBYN? tsk, tsk, tsk.
I say, one doesn't have to be a Kremlinologist to realise dark political forces lie behind this wheeze! Reminds me of my time behind the Curtain, pinkoes everywhere, chap didn't know who to trust or what the bigger picture was. Reading that was like the time we caught Philby in the khazi at the Prague embassy's Christmas bash with his pants down. More than meets the eye what?
Manhattan though eh? Finest bordellos in the Western world. We turned manys an Ivan with that old ruse. Of course chap had to testdrive the goods first! Be bally negligence not to, see?
Why the big surprise?
Paul's Oh Yeah's unofficial PR man, and this seems to be a Press Release to help undermine the "opposition" on any pretext.
That's why he's deftly omitted NIMICs long history in sending so many of the best musos to SXSW as well, including Oppenheimer, Snow Patrol, Duke Special (resulting in his V2 deal)Foy Vance, the Answer and many more. They've also sent dozens of bands to Midem and elsewhere, and taking any chance to send people to NY on a showcase was a great opportunity that anyone would have jumped at.
Complaining about its bad enough, but running down the organisation that they all have had no problem dealing with and taking money from in the past is a bit rich.
The remark about the deep pockets of money is derogatory,making it look as if there's cash aplenty instead of the fact that NIMIC survives on a pitiful shoestring to do its work.
If you've to criticise, be honest at least.
this is absolutely nothing to do with me, but i can say it was me who had the copy of the mirror and stumbled upon the article. i showed it to stuart as he sits near me and was at the gig in new york, supporting it, like the rest of ATL (we'll be braodcasting material from it very soon).
anyway, it was the first he knew of it, and like most people, he was extremely surprised by the harsh tone and general content of the article.
sure as long as you say its all for the kids you can get away with anything..a vicous fight for public cash why does it always come down to this???getting your mates to slander the other side in the press is what the worst corporations do for fucks sake