Yesterday marked the 7th anniversary of the online magazine Vanyaland, which I’ve been a part of since it launched back in 2013. To celebrate the milestone, the core team behind the site were asked to contribute something personal to them involving the topics about which they typically write.
It’s always boggled my mind over the years how some artists become massive while others never move beyond a small, dedicated fan base. Of course some acts have a major financial backing or are in the right place at the right time, I get that. What I don’t get is after years and years of word being spread by mouth about how incredible bands like Sleaford Mods (pictured) or The Afghan Whigs are – not just on wax, but live – yet they are still playing regularly to rooms of 1000 people or less.
The Whigs were just one of my choices for ‘V7: Michael Christopher’s 7 artists that should be huge.’ Click the link to check them all out, and watch a reunited Greg Dulli and Co. collectively blow the mind of David Letterman a few years ago here: