Sorry it's been a while, life is pretty crazy right now!
It's funny, all those centuries back when I said I wanted to get a job in a creative industry, people always thought I was mad. They're such risky jobs, they would say. Tiny chance you'll ever actually be able to support yourself, huge amounts of competition etc etc etc.
Funny, really. The one thing that actually looks like it might kill the creative industry, is the one thing they never thought to warn us about. I'm talking, of course, of AI. It's all over the news right now. AI art, Chat GPT, etc. Hollywood has ground to a halt, because writers and actors have gone on strike, with one of the main sticking points being the use of AI in current media. And now, they're telling us that by the year 2030 (which is worryingly close), AI will be able to create 'original' music that is indistinguishable from that created by a human artist. And I've got to say; as someone who writes about music, the thought of an AI writer putting out a piece of AI created music fills me with a special kind of dread.
It seems the war with the machines has begun. And we're losing, pretty hard.
But don't worry friends. There's a lot you can do. And I know what you're thinking 'But, Flicknife! We're already reading your blog, we're buying and streaming your albums, what else can we do?"
Don't worry, you Filthy FLICKERS, you're already doing just what you need to do. The only way we'll beat these heartless bastards and the AI they're using, is to support small, independent businesses… Just like you've been doing!
So, on that note, who wants to meet our latest additions to the vanguard, in the battle against the machines!
First up: A Flicknife mainstay, a group who make my job of talking up our albums really easy, by continually dropping absolute BANGERS:
The album Rich Deakin of Vive Le Rock, in his review, calls "A sonic smorgastarta that's as scrumptious as it sounds". Electric Cake Salad's 6th studio album is one for fans of underground outfits Hawkwind, Monster Magnet, Pendulum or Ozric Tentacles. Or anyone with a taste for EDM! With their usual blend of hard rock guitars, electro wizardry and some quality lyrics, if you're already a fan, this will scratch the usual itch! And if you've never heard their stuff before, this is the perfect first bite. I hope you enjoy!
You can buy your copy HERE.
Our other spotlight release is a misunderstood classic in the making. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Other disagree, and say if you can't do your own thing, don't bother.
Jack Starr, former member of Virgin Steele, and his epic new release 'Rock Me Baby' said "Sod it! You're both right!"
What do you do when you want to pay homage to the artists that influenced you the most, during your formative years? Do you release a cover? Do you do your own thing, and thank them in the album notes? NAH! You take a leaf out of Jack's book and release a whole album of amazing, original tracks, each one inspired by the style of an artist that you love. Because that is exactly what Jack Starr has done, with his latest fantastic release. Eleven tracks (thirteen if you go digital) all created especially for this album, each one inspired by a different band that helped him find his own voice. Don't believe me? Maybe you'll listen to Kerrang! : 'Jack Starr's music unravels like a tapestry emblazoned with streaks of fire'
So, if you want your soul touched, pick up your copy HERE.
Lastly, we want to draw attention to not a specific album release but to a PLATFORM! Are you bored with Amazon amazoning all over everything? Are you sick of Spotify and their constant spotty ads? Yeah, we are too. That's why we've set up our store on Bandcamp! flickniferecords.bandcamp.com/music
If you want any of our stuff, you can find it there. From our latest releases like those mentioned above, to our epic 'Flipside Freaks' compilation series and much more. If you've got a hankerin' for some Flicknife, be it digital releases or physical, Bandcamp has what you need!
And it gets better! The first Friday of every month is "Fee Free Friday" when Bandcamp skip over any fees they might usually take and pass every special penny RIGHT to us.
So, you fine, funky FLICKERS, there you have it, some of the arsenal you'll need to fight back the rampaging hordes of AI drones and their lacklustre attempts at art. It won't be easy, and it won't be happening any time soon... BUT, if we all stick together, and keep supporting smaller artists, indie labels and local bands, we CAN make sure that for generations to come, people will have new, REAL music to listen to. So, if you keep doing your part, we'll keep doing ours.
Catch you on the flipside!
Taheg, and the Flicknife Kru.