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Where are the great new guitar bands?

November 5, 2010

Where are the great new guitar bands? This is a BBC website article that observes that very few new indie type guitar bands have become big and famous in the past couple of years.

Steve Lamacq is quoted as saying: ‘In this current climate, people are signing bands who have got one or two good tracks, hoping they can make one good album and inevitably a lot of these bands are going to come and go. You end up ruining the sense of trust between tastemaker and audience, or record label and audience, or even musical genre and audience. If you stop believing in a certain sort of music, it’s going to take a lot for you to come back.’

The article speculates as to why this seems to be the case and various commentators throw in their tuppenceworth. I’m not sure that any of them really nail it.

Indie guitar music has died because it’s shit. Cliche-ridden, repetitive, pointless, content-free, nonsense, expressing utterly fake angst, aimless anger, marketer-crafted ‘rebellion’ and of no redeeming value whatsoever. How anyone can get excited by any recent guitar based music is utterly beyond me.

I’m sure that the guitar is not an instrument that has nothing left to say – it’s just that guitarists are so tied to cliches that they seem to be utterly unable to come up with anything remotely new or creative.

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