Nothing New Ever Happens Here

nothing new ever happens here


I’ve been an Edinburgh resident since 2006 and despite the bracing winds Edinburgh still makes me feel cosy. It’s a comfort that I can still go and see the musicians who first got me into that-sort-of-music on pretty much any given Friday without having to get on anything more than a number 2 or 14 bus . Recently however there’s been a growing part of me thinking that it seems these musicians who first got me into that-sort-of-music are still around because they are the only ones granted the opportunities required for them to stick around and grow. For years I didn’t see Edinburgh’s music scene as cliquey and in a personal sense it isn’t, it’s made up of some of the loveliest and open people you’ll ever know, but lovely people alone doesn’t create a scene. Nothing Ever Happens Here is seemingly being hailed as a savior of Edinburgh’s failing music scene but what is apparent to me is the relative lack of new talent on show. Myself and Rachel’s first thought upon seeing the line up about was “that’s so boring”. The event seems entirely fixated on rinsing the group of people who’ll show up to see veterans Withered Hand or James Yorkston any day of the week instead of attracting anything in the way of a new audience and this won’t help “save” anything. Don’t get me wrong, I’m one of the people being rinsed and will attend as this lineup includes some of my favourite bands but I’m also disappointed but how very few new Edinburgh acts have been chosen. For a scene which often claims students not caring about it is one of it’s biggest problems, the scene doesn’t seem interested in them at all.

What prompts me to write this is that last Friday night I went to see Spoonboy, The Spook School, ONSIND and Miaoux Mix and what surprised me about this show is how well it was attended and how few of the faces I recognized from attending the stuff The Skinny talk about as our scene. My interest has been piqued in this underground scene bubbling away beneath Edinburgh’s talked about underground scene. Focused around indie-pop there’s some real good new stuff being put on at venues like The Banshee Labyrinth and it even includes touring bands! The same music types who complain about the BBC’s “Sound of…” list being a self fulfilling prophecy perhaps don’t understand that they have a minor case of it on their own hands when they organise their own well publicized events or talk about Supermoon being a “new band”. Perpetuated by bloggers, promoters and media publications Edinburgh’s visible music scene is a case of tried-and-true over new blood.

Nothing Ever Happens Here seems to me like another opportunity for Edinburgh’s indie scene to pat itself on the back again for the fact that Broken Records and eagleowl are still bands who are playing but have gone nowhere, which is fine but along with Pleasance Sessions and Pale Imitation Festival do we really need this too? Perhaps I’m failing to see the beauty in Edinburgh being the perfect place to incubate talent which perhaps needs more time to flourish than elsewhere but to the tired and isolated audience of this means it seems Nothing New Ever Happens Here.

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6 Responses

  1. Tom says:

    Though i understand where you are coming from, i do think you’re a being a wee bit harsh Brian.

    This is just the start of something, the proof in the pudding will be say in 12-18 months and then we’ll be able to see if you are indeed right. But as a start i think it needs to be commended, and as i understand Jamie is all ears for suggestions for bands to put on. So drop him a line with a few bands you think he should be listening to.

    • Brian Pokora says:

      Hi Tom, sorry if this article comes off harsh as I really don’t mean to personally attack anyone or belittle the work Jamie is doing as it’s always a good thing to get more stuff going on. My main point here is that I just don’t see how this what Edinburgh *needs* which so many people have hyped it up to be. To be honest my main question wouldn’t be “can you consider this band” but “is the dissection room available to independent promoters at a reasonable rate?”

      • Tom says:

        I guess there is only one way to find that out, contact them? (unless this is a rhetorical question which you already know the answer to)

        good blog and a good read, even if i don’t agree with it all.


  2. Dylan says:

    I think I pretty much agree with Brian. I mean, I love these bands, they’re full of really good pals, and I can’t wait to see them again; but I am itching to see something new as well.

    I think the question is somewhere around how we bridge that gap and make the necessary introductions. I have no absolutely no doubt Jamie would be keen to add new, emerging local acts to these line-ups, as would Matthew with Pale Imitation in August. I think it’s just a case of getting the bands and the promoters onto one another’s radars.

  3. Jamie says:

    It’s true nothing ever happens here, one day….

  4. Supermoon says:

    You ok hun? X

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