DIY is cool. I’ll always be cool. Not cool like hair cuts are cool, DIY ethics are resistant to trends, but malleable to the changing times. If you do DIY right it can be a hugely rewarding thing, and potentially even be successful, while sticking it to the man.
Which was well all know is the ultimate victory of rock ‘n’ roll. Or was. It’s currently vying for pole position with a real sweet haircut.
Cyclamen are one the best examples of doing it yourself in the 21st century. They record themselves, release themselves, manage themselves, book themselves…I’m not sure relying on anyone else is an option they’ve ever considered. And that’s great. It’s taken them from Tokoyo to the other side of the world to play a full UK tour.
Sure it’s not in arenas, but what’s so surprising about artists with such huge resources travelling the world? Nothing. Doing it the way Cyclamen do it, that’s incredible.
The band’s performances are also incredible. They’re break neck, intense and unreasonably tight. The music often switching from Botch like moments of abrasions to the kind of sweeping introspection more readily associated with Thrice or the Deftones. It speaks volumes for the universal nature of the band’s music that the language barrier lyrically provides…well…no barriers.
Here’s to more bands doing it like Cyclamen do. The musical world would be a better place for it.