Can’t find any good new music? You’re not trying hard enough!

Great nail-on-head post by Scott Rowley of Classic Rock. (Registration required)

Because your life didn’t stop in 1993 when you got a job or got married and stopped going to gigs. And your taste in music doesn’t have to be frozen there either. There’s plenty of great music – but if you’re looking at the charts, you’re looking in the wrong place. The good stuff is hard to find. It’s not going to ‘break through’, take over the mainstream or spearhead a new movement. It’s probably not the music your kids listen to.

People forget that back in the 1970s, the supposed heyday of classic rock, you’d never hear Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd on daytime radio or on television; it was all Boney M, Gary Glitter or worse. The best stuff was only ever broadcast late at night, or spread by word or mouth.

Today there is more great music out there than it’s possible to keep up with. Regular readers of this blog will know I champion the likes of Mostly Autumn, Panic Room, Chantel McGregor, Touchstone, Also Eden, Cloud Atlas, Morpheus Rising and many more. The media-driven “mainstream” pays them no attention. Most of your neighbours and work colleagues have no idea their music exists. If you’re not a regular reader and have stumbled across this post at random there’s a good chance you won’t have heard of them either, in which case you ought to give them a listen.

Of course, there is probably an awful lot of great music that I have yet to hear.

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5 Responses to Can’t find any good new music? You’re not trying hard enough!

  1. Most of the people I know who like music for music’s sake, as opposed to liking music for the sake of hanging around with people, know where to look to get good music.

  2. Tim Hall says:

    I’m probably preaching to the choir on this blog, I know…

  3. Graham Meigh says:

    There is so much great music being published. The only drawback is the lack of gigs…

    speaking of which, will you be at CRF?

  4. PaulE says:

    Scott may be preaching to the choir as well. Buying a magazine being a good first step towards finding out what is around.

  5. Tim Hall says:


    “Not enough gigs” depends on where you live and how far you’re able to travel.

    I do think a lot of bands, especially prog-friendly ones don’t play live enough, and when they do, it’s always the same circuit of the same half-dozen venues. Seems to me that there’s a hard core of prog fans who will travel considerable distances, and a much larger crowd who won’t travel more than 15-20 miles. So unless a band plays their town they’ll never see them. At most venues it’s always the same faces you see every time.

    Guess it’s down to economics; when bands venture off the usual Bilston/Southampton/London/Manchester circuit they often struggle to attract enough people to make it worthwhile. I’ve been to too many woefully poorly attended gigs over the years; people can’t complain that bands never play their town if they don’t support the bands when they do. And the same people will probably turn out to see tribute bands… But that’s another rant.

    Good that the likes of Mostly Autumn and Fish do travel to more out-of-the-way places; but they’ve been around a long time and put in the hard work to build up their fanbases.