zonker wrote:unfortunately most people don't give a damn about original music, they'd rather hear something familiar. And it's not because I haven't tried hard enough and my bands haven't sucked (at least not since 1990 or so).
It is kind of annoying that Isthmus would review a song by a tribute band when they never reviewed anything off our cd (of original material) even though we gave them a copy. Hell, I'd rather have a bad review than be ignored.
Scott at the Onion has had many nice things to say about our cd. He even went out and bought a copy.
Some people give a damn about original music, but a lot more seem to like the familar stuff. My band prides itself on our originals, but depending on the show & the crowd will throw in plenty of covers to try and spark an interest and get people dancing. And truth be told, one of our biggest drawing & paying High Noon shows was a Tribute to the Beatles - on a sunday eve nonetheless.
I agree with you to a point about Isthmus reviewing cover bands and why they are not covering "original" bands, but Houses in Motion draws pretty big crowds and seem worthy of press in the local publications. Certainly not the first time I've seen an article about them.
Just because you sent your CD to a publication for review does not always mean that much. For my band's last CD released, we received reviews in Isthmus, Max Ink, a mention in Rhythm/Cap Times, but nothing in the Onion - and I felt I kind of "knew" the guy through many other email convos regarding a venue I used to book for and he would write about those shows.
Getting reviews usually has more to do with who you know and what kind of stuff the staff are interested in writing about. Start drawing crowds like HIM is and would almost guarentee people will start talking about your band and eventually get some write-ups.