Just when I think the day is going to be quiet – a little subtle change appears on the horizon that brings on a small rain shower.
If anyone has been watching, the space under Label has remained fairly blank for while on the band’s myspace and facebook pages, then very quietly it was filled – I’m not sure if it happened this morning or last night, but it now has a name listed. “Tapemodern”. I’m going to be up front and honest, this blog isn’t really going to be about the label “announcement” – I’ll leave that to other perfectly capable folks to mull over. What I am more curious about is the reaction AFTER noticing that space being filled with a name.
One of The Daily Duranie’s fellow bloggers took to her blog this morning, announcing the small change. You can read it here . Even more fascinating than the label itself (which really isn’t huge news if you’ve been paying any kind of attention for the last year or so) are the comments AFTER the blog. Immediately folks jumped on Nathan Stack, who is the handler of the bands myspace and facebook pages. They wanted to know where he got his information, and Nathan – ever so carefully, I might add, sidestepped the real question. (clearly he’s been learning – good on him!) That’s when another person commented, as anonymous as the first, that Nathan was being coy and evasive and that he should just tell us where he got his information – or if he was just following the bosses orders and wasn’t told why.
Upon reading the comments – I had this clear vision: Nathan tied to a chair in a small dark room with a single light bulb hanging down from the ceiling. Someone from the Gestapo standing in front of him, whip in hand, demanding answers. “Tell us vat you know!”
Really people? This is our fandom??? One tiny bit of news that isn’t really THAT huge and we’re going to be like the Gestapo to get answers? One person even commented that if Nathan really changed the label name – that he should know the answers and at least be able to verify whether it’s true or not. It almost infers that #1 – Nathan might not have been the one to change the label name, and #2 – that if he did change it and doesn’t know why, than maybe it’s just rumor. I suppose it’s possible that someone else went onto the accounts – whether that was because they had authority to do so or because the account was hacked as a joke and changed the label – but I kind of doubt that. Why bother?? So I’ll go out on a limb and say that if it’s on their myspace and facebook, it’s highly likely that it’s their label. That said, I don’t believe Nathan or anyone else on Duran’s staff is responsible or required to explain themselves to the fan community. I just can’t quite get over that we’ve gotten to the point where we’re going to question EVERYTHING – even their own facebook and myspace pages – simply because we all know that a fellow fan runs those pages, as if that makes them fair game for bullying. It doesn’t.
Even more fascinating is the “why”. Why do we as fans feel it’s our “right” to know everything, and I do mean everything, as soon as it happens? I’m just like the rest of you, I sit in very anxious anticipation for the next album. I can’t wait to see them on tour. I have posters hanging in my closet. (wait….I probably didn’t need to mention that…. ;D) Yet I don’t know when it became my right to know exactly what they are doing and why. I think that at the end of the day, I have to trust that the band has a pretty good idea of what they’re doing and how the business works, even if I don’t always agree with their choices. They probably wouldn’t agree with many of mine…so we’re good on that one. In all due time, we’ll find out what made them decide to go with Tapemodern (*coughs* Nick *coughs*), and why there are still listings of UMG distributing a single for them on December 14th.
This whole morning/afternoon has reminded me of the UCLA Internet Symposium that John spoke at this same time last year. During his speech, he spoke of how Twitter, Facebook and other social mediums have brought the fans so much closer – there’s not nearly the same sort of separation as there was when he was young. This is true. He talked about the anticipation he would have over getting specific albums after seeing his favorite bands live, because that was the only way at the time that you could continue to feel that connection after leaving a show. Nowadays, the line between privacy and public life is so blurred that a lot of that anticipation is lost – which is one reason (out of many I am certain) that John chooses not to participate in those social mediums. I would venture to guess that “back in the day”, the band could have (and did) switch labels without noticing so much as a ripple of commotion in the fandom. In present time, we often find out about such things well before the band even intends to announce them, and yet ALL of us (this blogger included) continue to question why the band openly chooses – so it seems – to put up such a brick wall between themselves and their fans, whether that brick wall is perceived, misunderstood, or otherwise.
I think that much of the answer to that question can be found in this blog, on the bands facebook and myspace pages, and on our message boards.