I am very disappointed by the way this month’s Classic Rock Presents Prog has published an appalling attack on one of the bands I follow in the guise of a review.
Even though the review of the actual gig was very positive, the reviewer devoted more space to unfair, inaccurate and deeply damaging nonsense accusing the band of lacking professionalism regarding promotion than to the actual music. Exactly what is this supposed to achieve?
Reading between the lines, which I know is always dangerous, it seems as if their “crime” appears to be spending their time touring the length and breadth of the country playing before actual paying punters rather than spending it schmoozing with self-important music journalists who never venture beyond the M25.
I’m thinking of other bands who I won’t name who seem to have to spend as much time travelling to meet up with the London-based hacks as they actually do out on the road. That to me epitomises the fundamental rottenness of the “Music press as gatekeeper” model of the old-style music business.
It’s sad to see Classic Rock Presents Prog descending into the “Build ‘em up, knock ‘em down” mentality normally associated with style-over-content rags like the NME. I had, perhaps naively, thought this magazine was above that. They’ve done a lot for this band in the past, now they give every appearance of having turned against them for reasons that appear to have far more to do with music press politics than with music.
My copy is now in the bin.