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Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe Speaks On The Internet’s Role In The Bands Early Days


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Lamb Of God‘s Randy Blythe has once again been speaking his mind on industry related topics via his Twitter. This time Blythe contributed the following reply after being asked “Where do you think you would right now career wise if illegal downloading failed to exist?”

“A pointless question. I do not owe my career to downloading of any sort, neither legal nor illegal. Bands existed before internet. Lamb of God did it the old fashioned way- we played out live, anywhere we could, when we could. Our first real following developed in Philly. We were playing punk rock warehouse shows until the warehouses couldn’t hold us anymore. We got a strong regional following, based on our LIVE SHOWS- not on the Internet, and not on a record we didn’t have.

People from labels first started to notice us in Philly- dudes from Relapse, Nuclear Blast, & other folks knew who we were, because we took it to the hoop each time and EVERYTIME we played. Still no labels were biting- I was told by some people later (label employees) it was because they thought we were too volatile as group & would break up soon. Too much craziness.

No one want to invest in a band that will break up in 6 months, & we WERE WILD. So my buddy (Mikey Brosnan, RIP) STARTED a label to put out our records becuz he believed in us. MORE people started to pay attention to us But we had already BUILT OURSELVES in the first place.

The Internet didn’t “make us”. PUTTING IN THE HARD YARDS DID. If the Internet was the way to discover bands, no band would have existed before. & all 1 zillion bands on the Internet now would have it easy. But they don’t. The way to “make it” as a band is to DO THE FUCKING WORK. Don’t expect the Internet to blow you up, because except in a few isolated instances, IT WON’T. Go play live, learn your chops, and PAY YOUR FUCKING DUES.

Then you get respect and real fans. We would not have our fan base now without our early core of fans, which had NOTHING to do w/the Internet. It had to do w/kicking ass & taking names on a shit stage for no pay, all day, EVERYDAY.”

Not to stir up shit here (I’m honestly not targeting the band or Mr. Blythe) but it would seem Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler doesn’t share an entirely similar viewpoint. In a recent interview with Metal Sucks, Adler offered the following about the internet’s role and Mp3.com (that brings back memories) in particular during the bands early days:

“…I started putting up our music and it just steamrolled from there. Then Napster just exploded, this whole new digital age of music and I think because we were right there kind of at the top of it, as much as it has ripped the industry, as much as it does hurt established bands, it was the greatest tool for us as a young band.

There’s no way I can turn my back on that now and complain about it because that is probably the single most important factor in how we became a successful act which was being able to share our music with people that wanted to hear it and then show up at their house and rock their face off.”

One certainly can’t argue that the band got their start playing shows and doing the hard work. They obviously wouldn’t have had the recorded output to upload without it. But Blythe‘s comments may seem a bit shortsighted in terms of discounting the medium entirely, especially in the bands early stages.

I know I first heard Burn The Priest through a lovely 56k connection back in late 90’s, how about you?

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