Well, hello there – still reading? Excellent! Thanks for bearing with us; yours truly needed a bit of a break from running TDP (not to mention a whole bunch of other stuff), and the turn of the year was as good a time as any to take one. But now, somewhat refreshed, it’s time to fire up the engines and get this thing rolling once again.
Things are gonna be a bit different around here from now on. For a start, I’m going to stop flogging myself to review something every weekday (not to mention beating myself up when I don’t manage it). Since I started TDP, the musical landscape has changed a great deal, with respect to both the state of the industry (which might be best described as attempting to escape the Titanic by lobbying governments to ban icebergs) and the sort of music being released (the glossy echoes of the haircut-hardcore explosion are thankfully fading away, but there’s a huge upswing in retro revivalism of varying degrees of faithfulness and/or playfulness, most notably in the core trunk of the metal genres, and a lot of it does absolutely nothing for me).
If I’m going to write about music for the fun of it, then I figure I can pick and choose what I write about… and I get sent enough stuff from bands both large and small that trying to cover everything fairly and objectively is not only impossible but pointless. So from here on in, me and my supporting cast of occasional scribblers will be writing only about what we actually want to write about. That doesn’t mean we won’t cover pop-punk or retro-metal or whatever, but it means we’ll only do so when there’s something worth saying about it. It also means that bands and PRs are gonna have to work harder to get our attention. (Hint: comparing yourselves to Avenged Sevenfold and talking about how the band all met on the same music course at college ain’t gonna cut it… nor has it ever.)
I’m also going to take more opportunities to just spout off about music-related stuff as the mood takes me… so expect more tangential waffle, more chin-strokey ponderings on the cultural significance of the utterly insignificant, and the occasional broadside against whatever has annoyed or elated me in the world of music in the preceding few days. After all, why maintain a soapbox if you’re not gonna use the damn thing, right?
Right. Let’s do this thing: it’s reboot time, so stick around. Happy new year.