Does the world need another indie band?

21.07.2008 Misc Music
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Tim Walker schreibt im Guardian über diese modernen Indie-Bands und warum sie so langweilig sind. Ich habe The Wombatviewkooksdetectives ja auch eine Zeitlang gehört und muss nach damaliger zweiwöchiger Begeisterung mittlerweile gestehen: Diese Bands sind gnadenlos overhyped (im Gegensatz zum Phänomen der Arctic Monkey beispielsweise) und bringen, wie im Fall der Kooks etwa, grade mal ein gutes Album zustande, weshalb ich mich schon länger von diesen ganzen hippen, jungen Bands abgewendet habe und lieber zum hundertsten mal Bruce Springsteen letztes Album höre.

As in every musical era, one style dominates the hearts and minds of our nation's youth; it dictates their fashion sense, their relationship with their parents and, quite possibly, their personal-hygiene regimen. These days, it's indie that's the cholesterol in the veins of popular culture, and we need to start thinking about a crash diet.

You know who they are, these smooth-chinned strummers, with their smart-arsed, self-admiring band names almost invariably prefaced by the definite article: The Kooks, The Courteeners, The Holloways, The Rascals, The View, The Wombats, The Automatic, The Pigeon Detectives, The Hoosiers. Their turgid, tuneless banalities use all the oxygen between ad breaks on XFM; they mop up the soggy midday slot on the main stage. Indie is the 30-year-old genre that gave us The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Blur and Arctic Monkeys. But in that period it has also produced Ocean Colour Scene, Menswear and Joe Lean and The Jing Jang Jong.

John Niven was an indie fan in the 1980s, an A&R man in the Britpopping 1990s, and is now the author of Kill Your Friends, a sadistic satire of the record industry of which he was once an enthusiastic member. "I was in Gap a few weeks ago and there was some sort of generic indie music playing," he says. "I was with a friend who's a promoter and a bit younger than me. After about three or four tracks I asked him: 'Whose LP is this?' And he said, 'No, it's a compilation.' Every track sounded identical. The guitars, the production; all these bands sound like they're made in the same studio with the same producer. It's such a ball-less, soulless, generic whitewashed indie sound. You could probably take a member from each band and throw them together in a new group and no one would be able to tell the difference. They're completely interchangeable. Scouting for Girls are like the sound of Satan's scrotum emptying. They're abysmal."

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