Writing in the Times, Pete "Peter" Paphides worries that the exciting new music industry might be good for big bands, but tough for small bands:
Neither does it work for a group such as Butcher Boy, from Glasgow. Their recent album, React or Die, received unanimously adoring reviews, making it into The Times’s list of the decade’s 100 best albums. For all that, Butcher Boy find themselves in a quandary. With day jobs, they can’t tour. And without tour money, they can’t give up their day jobs.
Erm... hasn't that always been the case for small, unsigned bands, since the start of time? I've certainly been on tours where singers have been calling in to their day job "unwell" shortly before heading out to Bath Moles.
I guess in the internet age, there is more risk of being caught out when people Tweet "great gig by Stiggy Pants" when Stiggy has told their boss they're in bed with flu.