The roots of modern alternative and indie music / the root of all evil
I recently "studied" the whole "alternative"/"post-punk" phenomenon from the 80s. I'm talking about Joy Division, The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Smiths, etc. Unfortunately, I did not live during this time but I have come to interesting conclusions.
I do enjoy some of artists from the new scene (Charlotte Gainsbourg, new Sonic Youth, not much more). But more importantly, I have this tendency to go to the core of things. By getting deep into those exploratory artists of 20 and 30 years ago I came to realize something. Nothing in music is new today. I can't hear the Killers on the radio without thinking of New Order or hear Arcade Fire and not think of Talking Heads. However, it is not surprising. What is frustrating is that, in general, the Killers and Arcade Fire (to name only two) make stuff that is barely interesting while Cocteau Twins, Morrissey, Talk Talk, etc. all made stuff that was inventive and obviously finer than most contemporary artists. The new generation will deny that they are outrageous copies of the past and most teenagers will not be interested at all in knowing where this crusty "indie" sound comes from.
A parallel with metal is possible here. Is metal in the same crisis than the so-called "indie" rock and other modern "alternative" mostly-shitty stuff? Would the problem be that people take stuff without questioning themselves? Where does that come from?
I remember discovering jazz music. I wanted to know its origins. I remember discovering alternative music. Like you can see, I dug the shit. I remember discovering classical music. I am still learning about it. I remember discovering metal. I wanted to know EVERYTHING about it.
The more time passes, the more music turns into shit, the more people don't care why, the more shitty it gets... Folks, let me ask you... WHAT THE FUCK IS HAPPENING!? We are losing ourselves. Our culture is becoming meaningless, it is somekind of vicious circle.
Thanks to ANUS and its dedication to "metal days of yore"