On September 11th, 2001, P.O.D.’s Satellite was released. The release day was supposed to be the band’s coming out party, and indeed it was considering the success of the record – often considered the band’s best. That hope, however, was balanced out by the devastating 9/11 attacks that stopped an entire nation in its tracks. While it took the shell-shocked country much time to come to their senses, Satellite was a sort of perfect storm album that is both a time capsule musically, and lyrically as well.
Quite often, the bands and musicians who reach relative “success” (whatever you want to define it as) are the ones who try to use their earned platform for good. Whether it’s by drawing attention to other up and coming musicians, standing up for social causes, or (positive) interactions with their fans, there are plenty of ways that this can happen. Generally speaking, it’s good to be a good and helpful person.
On the flip side of this, however, is musicians that do the complete opposite. Whether it’s spitting on fans, insulting them on social media because they don’t love your mediocre new album, or God forbid, taking advantage of their fans in any way, there are sadly plenty of artists that do these things. Fame and attention have the negative side effect of potentially turning the quietest and most ambitious people into raging egotists.
What can artists do to improve that, then? Sometimes it’s as easy as supporting other artists trying to make a name for themselves, and sometimes it’s a bit more substantial. It’s easier to mention what NOT to do, though.
Men In Black is a franchise that has been all over the place quality wise. The first two are staples of the late 90’s, early 2000’s. The third is an awful film in which we best not speak of. International is what I assume the attempt to kickstart a new MIB franchise but instead comes off half done and mediocre.
If you haven’t already figured it out, we’re big fans of what Sleep Token are doing. The band, who purposely have masked their identities in order to present a mysterious side to their personas, create even more hard-to-define music. Though the band has only released 2 short EP’s to date, they’re currently releasing a new single every two weeks until the November drop date of their debut album Sundowning, and the hype is surely building to a fever pitch.