July 9, 2012
Sad news today, Brighton’s Rounder Records is to close. Incredibly it’s been open for 46 years but today announced that time has finally caught up with it. I won’t indulge in a long obituary, if you want that then The Fly has down a pretty ace job. This blog itself was named after another now deceased independent record store, so we have great sympathy with the chaps at Rounders.
One of the primary causes of the worldwide slow death of independent record stores is the proliferation of downloadable music online, both illegal AND legal. And even though bloggers like ourselves support independent stores and still buy music in them, we’re partly to blame too. We constantly herald and champion free music (both to stream and download) and often, in lame efforts to monetize our sites, link through to Insound, Amazon, iTunes and the like. This is isn’t all bad news, artists get a platform they never knew before and surely this does lead to some physical sales, but ultimately; digital has arrived, digital has conquered.
I don’t know whether the Rounders chaps would have appreciated this latest band, but their sound does hark back to an era in the early nineties where indie music was reshaping the whole music scene, and independent record stores where at the forefront of introducing new music to a whole generation. Today we give you Splashh.
London based Splashh have a dumb name. It almost put me off (I’m a sucker for a good name, and this isn’t one) but I’m a nice guy so I gave them a second chance and boy o boy (people still say that right?) I’m glad I did.
Oh yeah, and this:
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