nostalgia dance party: compiled between 22:56 and 23:05 - 04/05/13
Spotify link: fear and loathing 3: nostalgia dance party
Youtube link: fear and loathing #3: nostalgia dance party
There’s a certain frustration within various local music scenes at the moment. With a new age of availability via the internet, there has been an explosion of new music and through this of course, and to mirror this an onslaught of media interest in the ‘new’. Some might argue that the re emergence of older, long thought dead bands counters this, but the old is definitely being overwhelmed by the new.
With this focus on the new, there have definitely been some triumphs in really helping new acts to find their way to wider notice a lot quicker. However, with this freshness there is always going to be acceptance and rejection, and that’s where many bands are losing their way. With the new music industry model of hoping to be accepted by your audience to gain recognition comes a stagnation of ideas. Bands are no longer forming to be something new, bands are forming to sound like the new emerging artists, so quickly rocketing to fame.
A&R at labels are no longer seeking something new, DJs at Radio 1 are no longer thinking for themselves and playing the stuff they like. They’re going for the stuff that sounds like it should be fresh and exciting, but it’s what we heard ten years ago, or they’re going for bands who are so middle of the road it’s frustratingly sickening to hear. Bands are starting to care about their music being tailor made to their audience - they shouldn’t be. They should be playing something fresh, something that speaks to them and sounds different to them. Everyone is influenced by their musical heroes, but emulating them directly is leading to a major originality drought.
Stop perfecting your guitar sound to sound like your favourite band, stop writing riffs that are two notes off of your favourite riff and most of all stop trying to sound like anything you’ve ever heard before.
Spotify link: fear and loathing 2: break stuff
YouTube link: fear and loathing #2: break stuff
due to lack of interest in the videos, here’s all my top stuff for this year.
1. P.O.S. - We Don’t Even Live Here
2. Deftones - Koi No Yokan
3. Grimes – Visions
4. Marina & The Diamonds - Electra Heart
5. Bloc Party – Four
6. Jack White – Blunderbuss
7. Coheed and Cambria - The Afterman: Ascension
8. Future of the Left - The Plot Against Common Sense
9. The xx – Coexist
10. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles III
1. Rosemary – Deftones
2. Get Down - P.O.S.
3. Freedom at 21 - Jack White
4. Circumambient – Grimes
5. Bubblegum Bitch - Marina & The Diamonds
6. We’re Not Good People - Bloc Party
7. Beneath The Waves An Ocean - Future Of The Left
8. The Afterman - Coheed And Cambria
9. No Rest - Dry The River
10. Fire Fire – Flyleaf
1. Telepathy – Crosses
2. Nobody to Love - Josh Homme
3. Nocturne – Tesseract
4. She Crows - Los Campesinos!
5. Follow Me - Chaos Chaos
1. EP Two – Crosses
2. S – Chaos Chaos & An Omen – How To Destroy Angels
1. Refused - 12/08/12 - HMV Forum London
2. Johnny Foreigner - 05/10/12 - Gwdihw, Cardiff
3. The xx - 11/09/12 - The Coal Exchange, Cardiff
4. Coheed And Cambria - 07/11/12 - KOKO, London
5. Jack White, The Kills - 03/11/12 - Alexandra Palace, London
6. Vessels - 25/11/12 - Buffalo Bar, Cardiff
7. Exit_International, The Guns - 18/05/12 - Bogiez, Cardiff
8. Marina & The Diamonds - 27/06/12 - The Coal Exchange, Cardiff
9. Future Of The Left, Kutosis - 12/12/12 - Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
10. Bloc Party - 18/10/12 - O2 Academy Bristol
At The Drive-In, Foo Fighters, Coheed And Cambria, Bombay Bicycle Club, Crystal Castles, Los Campesinos! Eagles Of Death Metal, Band Of Skulls, The Cribs, The Black Keys, Pulled Apart By Horses, 24-16/08/12 - Reading Festival
1. Team The Best Team
2. The Cabin In The Woods
3. Ruby Sparks
4. The Hunger Games