When I first started this blog, I was thinking of doing only bands that had less than 5,000 followers on Twitter, because that’s my way to gauge if they are obscure or not. But I raised my cut-off to 10,000. And I’m playing with the idea of doing one song a week by a band that can have any number of followers, because let’s be honest, I don’t just listen to obscure bands. You might have noticed. I mean, Bon Iver has 265,000+, Biffy Clyro has 102,000+, and oh yeah, Justin Bieber has 24 1/2 million! (P.S. I don’t actually have any J Biebs songs on spotify, iheartradio, pandora, my ipod, or my phone.) But he’s not even close to Lady Gaga’s almost 27 million. You know what’s interesting? Adele’s followers pale in comparison, at about 7 million. That doesn’t seem fair!
But if you’re interested in how many followers the bands I’ve featured so far have, here you are:
Madison Rising (8500)
Rocky Votolato (4000)
Computer Vs. Banjo (less than 100 (yeah, lowest amount of followers of almost any band ever))
City and Colour (134,000- I checked his number after I’d written the post)
Miniature Tigers (4500)
Strange Talk (less than 2000)
Jay Brannan (23,000- another one where I’d already written the post and liked it too much)
So, I had started this post with the intention of writing about a completely different song, but I found my mind forcefully changed mid-post.
Weights & Measures, by Dry the River
(They have about 10,000 followers, so right on the brink)
I haven’t exactly put this on repeat, but I’ve listened to it about 16 times in the last few hours, so . . . make your conclusions.
But Dry the River has a great sound, which Peter Liddle (the singer and founder) described as “folky gospel music played by a post-punk band” and I’d have to agree. His voice is very post-punk, a little unrefined, but it’s so great in this song. He hits the emotion perfectly, especially when the song picks up a little after the 2 minute mark.
On spotify, their description compares them to Mumford and Sons, Fleet Foxes, and Noah and the Whale. I see where they’re coming from, but their style is distinctly different from those bands. But I guess I do have to broaden my knowledge of Dry the River out from the three songs I’ve listened to . . .
So, in case you’re curious about the other song I was going to talk about . . . well, you’ll have to wait, I’m going to do it tomorrow instead. Haha!