When bands disappear – The Drovers

It’s funny how you think of the internet as permanent (or at least I do). You think a website will always exist even if it’s no longer being updated. But websites erode and collapse into the ether like other man-made creations.

In the same vein, you think you’ll be able to find a band (like The Drovers but their website just re-directs to the Wikipedia page) or at least be able to purchase their music in a satisfactory manner. But you can’t or at least not from the artist. It’s strange to think that a band’s music wouldn’t be available on iTunes. Or perhaps it’s just strange to me.

I mean this is a band that recorded four albums and did soundtrack music for the motion pictures, Blink and Backdraft. You can only purchase their soundtrack music on iTunes. Nothing else. But I don’t want their soundtrack music, I want the whirling dervish trippy sound of their song She’s as Pretty as Brian Jones Was.

The Drovers played Oberlin, I think back in 1994 or 1995. I saw them play our basement disco (lovingly called The ‘Sco) back then. They were electrifying, the fiddle playing extraordinary and compelling. We danced throughout their whole set. You couldn’t help it.

So it’s sad to me that it is so difficult for others to discover and purchase their music. Indeed, I had to go to Amazon to third-party sellers and skipped World of Monsters since the used CD going rate was $50+.

I’ll have to see if there are any live performances posted on YouTube. But someone should remedy the relative unavailability of their catalog online. It’s sad and reminds me of a friend’s band who no longer has a web presence, an official website that they did so much work on. They didn’t renew the domain and bam! it’s gone. So many shows, so much hard work and music eroding.

You want what you’ve created to remain out there even as ghost prints.

About Andrea

Andrea DeAngelis is at times a poet, writer, shutterbug and musician living in New York City. Her writing has recently appeared in Molotov Cocktail and Timeless Tales Magazine. (www.andreadeangelis.com). Andrea also sings and plays guitar in the indie rock band MAKAR (www.makarmusic.com) who are recording their third album, Fancy Hercules.
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20 Responses to When bands disappear – The Drovers

  1. That is sad. It sounds like they were successful and now new people will not find them easily. I found your band on iTunes and was able to purchase it and enjoy it. Sad for the Drovers. Maybe someone will see this and remedy this.

  2. Dave Callahan (Drovers) says:

    I suppose this must be true for many indie bands – but once a group has broken up, unless there is a label or distributor who has committed to keeping the music available, the former members see little incentive in taking on administrative responsibility associated with selling the music online. That’s the story of the Drovers. We never sat down and discussed how we would manage the catalog should the band’s performing days come to an end. And I think it’s a bit of a shame. The money is the least of my concerns – because there isn’t much money in it. But there is the fact that your music requires so much of your energy and time when you are writing, arranging, rehearsing, recording and touring. And it feels awful when all of that literally disappears. Meanwhile, I have decided to upload some of our songs on soundcloud. If anyone wants the link, just comment and I’ll send it.

    • Andrea says:

      Dave, thanks so much for responding to this.

      Yes, I suspect this happens a lot. The internet is a wonderful thing because without it, it would have been much more difficult to contact you.

      Without further ado. Here is the link to The Drovers mp3s – http://soundcloud.com/david-callahan/sets/the-drovers-1991-1995/

      Download away!

      The tunes are even more extraordinary and electrifying than I remember them. Classic! Thanks again for re-appearing on the interwebs. 🙂

      • Hi Andrea, We have actually planned a reunion concert in Chicago on March 15, with Kathleen Keane, whom we haven’t played with in 21 years! On Friday a big announcement is coming about this very topic of our recordings. I don’t want to give it away, but if you come to our facebook page, you’ll get the details when they break: https://www.facebook.com/DroversChicago

      • Andrea says:

        That is so awesome Dave! Exciting stuff. Woo-hoo, I’ll stay tuned and check out the FB page in the meantime. I hope this means the reunion will come to NYC!

  3. dw says:

    The Drovers have always had a permanent place in my music library from the beginning. Still fresh sounding today as ever.

  4. dw says:

    I would love to find copies of the songs featured in the movie Backdraft. Any ideas?

  5. Aref says:

    One hell of a band… too bad they broke up. Still remember seeing them in 1997 or 1998 in Ames, Iowa… now I’m thousands of miles away (in Jordan) and still thinking of that electrifying concert in Memorial Union!

  6. Lynn Treseler says:

    I am a brand new fan – just played a burned CD from a friend of mine. Went to Wiki then found this site. I am 61 years old, and our son is a professional jazz musician. The 12 songs I heard for the first time today are treasures! We should not tolerate the disappearance of beautiful music any more than losing precious species of animals and plants from our planet!
    BTW, The Essential Dougie Maclean – 2 CD ‘s with 26 songs ( Scottish singer and songwriter) contains superlative music.

    • Andrea says:

      oh, I’m so glad you found their music, this is my hope with this post. Will be posting more on other musicial treasures – at least to me personally! ~A.

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  8. jess says:

    desperately trying to find there song “nothing for you” that played briefly on the sound track of back draft film any help

  9. David Murry says:

    Nothing For You… a great many lament that was never released. Most haunting and beautiful china as we pipers say. hope to hear there will be a downloadable version of it sometime in the future.

  10. David Murry says:

    Not “china” …. “chune” (scottish for “tune”) Sorry.

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