|Hello from Chicago...
||[Aug. 27th, 2008|09:47 am]
Hello from Chicago. A few thoughts to share, if you'll indulge. First, thanks to everyone who came out on this last tour. For me, that was the most exciting tour I've been on since before Jimmy left in 1996. I thought the band did a fantastic job, and I really appreciate the enthusiasm we saw towards what we were getting at. It seems like we have finally found what we have been looking for since we came back.|
Secondly, I want to say openly that I am optimistic about a return to our site hosting a message board. What I would need to see is a constructive framework that would allow a whole host of thought and opinion in a positive way that brings fans together, and not further divide them. As you can see from the Media Militia writers, thoughtful opinion and criticism are welcome here.
Lastly, I would like to make a small declaration. For 20 years I have been asked 'what kind of music do you make?', and to be honest. I've never had a good answer. When I began playing seriously in 1985, there was no such thing as 'alternative music'. It was known then as 'new wave'. Alternative music seems to be the label that won, so I suppose that's what we get lumped in as. Once we were New Wave, then Post-Modern, then Grunge, and now just plain Alternative. And honestly, I've never liked any of those labels because it doesn't really cover what we do. In addition. Alternative Music has been hijacked by poseurs. No mystery there as to why.
Anyway, what I'm trying to say is I've found a label for our music that fits. And that is that we play 'American Gothic' music. Yes, I know that's the name of our e.p. that came out, but its not meant as a self serving self reference. I was attracted to the idea of an American Gothic movement musically because it embodies both the English ideal of gothic music and the decay of Americana. So that's us for now on. We play American Gothic music. Please use that label, its one I hope sticks :) blah blah
I loved your tour, and hope to see you again soon.
2008-09-18 11:39 am (UTC)
Ты понимать по Русски?????????
Billy, I have the bird flu!!!
2008-08-29 04:41 am (UTC)
i like it. i think it works.
Play at the Metro, like tomorrow <3
Goths (none / 0 ) ) by Anonymous Reader on Fri Jul 20th, at AM PST your basically saying that goths are unintelegent all the goths i know work in offices and are computer geeks.
when you will arrive in Moscow?
best tour ever, seriously.
Possibly you were all of those things at one time as well as too innovative to stay in any one track. I am not sure I know what "American Gothic" music is, but I know I like what you do and that is enough for me. Some of us simple folk need no labels but "The Pumpkins" to know it is good enough.
I am not much one for TV, but I was sure never to miss any show. If it is cancelled, it would be a shame.
we're still waiting for you in Moscow. no, seriously :) come play a few songs.
I'm glad the tour was so positive for you, Billy. Even if you never read this I am happy for you. I was in attendance at the Charlotte, NC show. I felt a wave of energy from you (and the band) that I haven't felt in a long time. And it wasn't my own nostalgia at hearing old favorites being played live... it was something else.
I hope you harness it for beauty and truth as you always have managed to do.
Personally I'd rather be labeled a friend of the band (yes kind of like "friends of the library") than a fan of the band.
Never believe it's not so,
2008-08-29 04:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh oh oh it's magic, you know...
I was also at the Charlotte show, and what ze is describing definitely hit me during Billy bangin' on those big drums. It's my favorite part of the show, hands down.
Why do you feel the need to constantly re-invent yourself? Why not just do things at a steady pace?
Anyway, you don't read this, so whatever.
Because if you don't, you get brilliant musician, but nothing new and sounds the SAME for the longest time.
I don't know if you noticed, but most musicians change after time, sometimes for the better, but the change is there.
I love it. Thanks for being yourself.
) we spent a week rehearsing with Jerry, he adds so much extra texture to the group, the first ever gig in this expanded format went down such a storm that I can't wait to play in Saint Petersburg and Moscow this week.
"American gothic" is as good a moniker as any. Hope to catch you guys on the next tour!