The NME wants to be Exitfare
Every now and then I feel like someone at the NME is watching us. Maybe they're stalking us or maybe they're simply fans, but we know they're watching as they've been dropping a clue here or there -- we see the tracks that we first mentioned in their referrals section, or even more telling, they start to herald a band that we started to hype months earlier.
The Maccabees, Foals, Duels, The Voom Booms, Johnny Flynn, O Fracas and more.
Last week's issue takes the cake though (I'm in the States, we get our copies a week or two behind), as White Lies was the Radar Live pick, a band that we first highlighted back in November, and if we really want to get technical, we wrote about their old band, Fear of Flying, last summer.
Next, there's the Elle Milano mention. Welcome to 2006, guys!
The highlight was their scene profile on West Yorkshire, the county containing Leeds and a scene we have been hyping for the better part of two years as not just one of the best in England, but one of the best in the entire world. Featured bands include Exitfare favorites Grammatics, Sky Larkin, Wintermute and Televised Crimewave, which features two ex-members of Black Wire.
(BTW NME, you forgot to mention Pulled Apart By Horses)
I guess I'm not really mad because it's flattering that anyone from the NME stops by here, and really, if they want to nick a band or two, then that's fine -- I've been doing it for about 15 years. Maybe we should develop a working relationship -- you guys can continue to "discover" bands here and you can give us a column on the website once a month. Sound good? Let me know, my e-mail is on the sidebar.