It was 2001-2002…me just a teenager from Bangladesh what did I know? Till then I had some cassette player and a Walkman and the music available here in BD was heavily influenced by post-titanic romance/pop/boy bands none of which I really digged. When I got my first computer, the hard-disk came loaded with those artists,courtesy of a cousin. I listened to some, deleted most and started venturing…
Oh welcome to the world of internet. Slow speed dial up modem. Limited download bandwidth. And the age of P2P-Limecrime.
Again I am talking about late 2002/early 2003, there were not a lot of places where you can talk about music. There was winamp forum, I was a member, and it was all about hardcore rock and metal. I listened to some of those rock and metal bands but the only band I loved at that point was blink-182. I didn’t know much about pop-punk yet. I didn’t know about any other pop-punk band (except Green Day). Like I said, who’d tell me?
Then, something happened, which introduced me to the world wonderful wonderful new music. Not only pop-punk, but emo/hardcore/piano rock/acoustic/pretty much everything I listen right now.
And you’ll never guess what it was. Smallville soundtrack. The early seasons to be more exact. I liked that show, I liked their soundtracks even more. Had to download and watch so couldn’t even watch all the episodes but I downloaded the whole soundtrack and boom. Not just pop-punk bands like Sum 41, New Found Glory, Unwritten Law, Yellowcard, Good Charlotte, The All American Rejects, Simple Plan, Jimmy Eat World (when they were still “pop-punk”) etc but from Lifehouse to Papa Roach and everything in between. I am talking Weezer, The Calling, Third Eye Blind, Eve 6, Five For Fighting just to name a few. Remember, its limecrime, its p2p. Everytime I’d like one of the song from the soundtrack, I’d download other works of the artist. Song by song. Album by album.
And at that point, nobody I knew, friends or classmates or cousins or crushes liked or even knew much about those bands and music but whatever
Fast forward to 2006. I have a growing library by now, but still prtty much all the mainstream bands/artists, because those pop-punk bands were getting a lot of media expousure those days.A friend introduced me to last.fm, opened an accont and never looked back. For each somewhat-famous artist I was listening to, last.fm would recommend me 3-5 somewhat-similar but pretty unknown/underground/not-so-famous/just the bands I didn’t know about before because I was living under a rock or something bands. Bands like Something Corporate, Taking Back Sunday, All time low, Paramore, The Fray, Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the disco etc and lot more…I have blindly downloaded everything “similar artists” for a few years and had hit jackpots most of the time.
And I didn’t quite know of anyone who like the kind of music I liked, except people whom I requested/bugged/threatened to give some of these bands a chance.
So anyway the last few years, pretty much everything last.fm is something I have already checked out and I was kind of bored with everything I already had so it was time to broaden my horizon. I wasn’t really paying much attention to online music scene much, so I started checking out some blog about new music here or a rolling stone article there. Eventually I came across the most amazing online community in the world, Absolutepunk…and my quest had ended.
Hello Wonder years, Dangerous Summer, Transit, Story So Far, Man Overboard, Fireworks and countless other new bands to follow each coming years. This new generation pop-punk with a hint of post-hardcore/emo outfits were not my typical blink/FOB crowds and I had no prior knowledge of them whatsoever. Now I visit this site atleast once a week, check out the high rated reviews, then check of the RIYLs and if they are anywhere near the artists I like, rest assured I will like the reviewed album in question.
This is how I discovered my current fav band, Have Mercy, among others.
And I still dont know enough people who listens to the kind of music I listen to
Anyway, I am really really really grateful to this three gold mines for shaping up my taste of music and eventually helped to shape up the person I have become the person I am now which is the reason I wrote this whole thing up, just to express how thankful I am and I dont really care if anyone reads it or not.