Alternative music reviews

July 30, 2006

Boy Band Banned – my response

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Dear Editor

I’m afraid I didn’t get to read your article about “Boy band banned for being too loud” but I did hear about it.

I came over from Oxford for the day with my two children to see Nomad 67 perform live. I was very grateful for the opportunity because with geographical constraints and work and family commitments I haven’t managed to see the band play until now and it was one of the highlights of my musical life.

I’ve been running my music reviews website coolnoise.co.uk since 1998 reviewing lesser know bands and helping to break them to a wider audience (Franz Ferdinand and the Delays were two of the bands I reviewed from their first promos until they made it into the charts). I still can’t believe that three teenagers from Clifton upon Teme have made such an astonishing record as The Art Of Individuality. I keep on listening to it expecting it to suddenly become just another local band but I keep on loving it every time I listen. I’m not young, I compare it to the great rock bands of my 70s youth and it still ranks amongst the best I’ve ever heard. The great pre-cursors of Punk (Iggy and the Stooges, the MC5, The Velvet Underground) and the 80s grunge epitomised by Nirvana are, in my opinion equalled by this band from your part of the country. They are a treasure and should be treated as such.

As for the day, I loved it, and my children loved it. My son’s friends Grandparents were visiting from Kenya and they enjoyed it (they stayed for a half hour applauding and were smiling as they left). I realise that it was a strange setting for a guitar rock band but I noticed plenty of older people stopping as they walked past and I particularly remember the smiles and admiring looks as the drummer demonstrated just how much skill and energy you can play drums with.

The world is not how it always seems. Rolling Stones fans are drawing pensions (as the band are entitled to do!) and they would surely have appreciated such a performance. Also, I didn’t see a bigger audience for any act that day than for Nomad 67.

Maybe the main square isn’t the most suitable place for a rock band. But there should be somewhere where you can showcase the talents of your area’s young people and give your young people the chance to hear their choice of music.

Yours

David Home
www.coolnoise.co.uk

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