Too often, the music scene is perceived as an intensely competitive and sometimes cutthroat environment where bands are accused of stealing fans and abusing contacts for their benefit. While it certainly takes all kinds, the resurgence of interest in supporting a scene rather than a single act is growing in Rhode Island. Musicians are attending not only the shows of their show-swapping buddies but those of other musicians in the area. They’re sharing contact information, giving leads on venues, and aiming to grow together rather than apart. Surely this trend is a good sign.
A new grassroots operation with the goal of cultivating scene interest as opposed to just band interest is Bring Back RI (BBRI). Organized by a group of local teenagers tired of the bickering and divides running deep in the Rhode Island music scene, they seek to promote camaraderie and to bring the scene back onto people’s radar. Still in its infancy, BBRI has a growing circle of awareness and promises shows aiding in its mission. Young bands and artists from a variety of genres, though the organization’s genesis occurred in the hardcore/screamo scene, have begun to show their support on all levels for the resurgence of Rhode Island’s entire music scene. This is a step in the right direction, a strong sentiment coming from an organic local source, that we can only hope will spread like wildfire. [Video after the jump.]
For more information on the BBRI movement, visit their MySpace page at www.myspace.com/bringbackri.