Thursday, July 28, 2005

Cacaphonous Silence. Or, a Roar of Disinterest.

Am I too normal for indie rock? Lately I've felt as if many of the bands I enjoyed only a few months ago aren't connecting with me any more. Case in point: I'm beginning to become well and truly exhausted with The Arcade Fire. I loved loved loved that band when I first heard them last fall. Now I find their constant media coverage rather tiresome, and frankly quite inane (Ooohhh... they're Canadian, but Americans love them! Aaahhh... they have a violin player). Somewhat more disturbing however, is that I haven't actually listened to the band since the end of May. Not a single song. And even as I'm writing this and thinking that I haven't listened to them in a while, I still won't get up to pop in the CD or turn on my mp3 player, 'cause I just don't feel like listening to The Arcade Fire any more.

The catch is that I can't finger any specific reason to explain this new-found distaste. They're a perfectly reasonable band (as are most of the other "indie" artists I appear to be listening to less and less) who write perfectly decent tunes. It's still a basically a foregone conclusion that I'll purchase their next album. I don't know... There's just something about this whole indie rock-turned-popular culture thing that grates on me. I'm probably just an elistist or something. Or maybe it's the media's fault (note: when in doubt, always blame the media). Fortunately, I have a pretty narrow definition of what constitutes the "indie aesthetic," so the number of bands currently getting on my nerves is not yet utterly overwhelming.

Whatever. Miles Davis will always be there for me.


Anonymous allyson said...

Man, i am so out of touch with music.

i just got into the Arcade Fire, and you're already on to other things.

Why, oh why can't i be cool too??

(sad face) :(

love, a.

7/28/2005 6:17 p.m.  
Blogger The Fresh Young MikeyD said...

Hmm…I didn't really like the Arcade Fire all that much when Funeral started to get widespread praise from the usual suspects so maybe that’s why I still listen. But, it's so weird (being at my parents place of work, they listen to the radio) so I actually hear the Arcade Fire on CHUM and Mix 99.9. That's way too messed up. So maybe in a couple months I'll grow tried; I’m getting sick of hearing them at the indie dance nights.

Today was the first time since winter that I listened to the Furnaces' Blueberry Boat and if I remember correctly that was my favourite album last year. I enjoyed the album immensely so it's not a parallel to your situation. That being said the whole definition of indie's been all muddled as it's become more popular. Ah well hopefully it means the artist get some more fans and more deserved cash. Like you said jazz also makes a good stand by.

7/28/2005 8:06 p.m.  
Blogger Punk is Dead said...

You're right Mike. Now that I've had the day to think on the topic at hand, I'm pretty sure I just need (and am currently enjoying) a break from these sorts of bands. I'm sure I'll come back to them eventually. And I agree that the notion of indie has indeed become skewed these days. I guess it sort of parallels the rise of grunge back in the olden days. If I recall correctly, has been musing about the definition of "indie" off and on for the last few days.

Still, its interesting to wonder whether the media is in fact distorting the actual popularity of bands like The Arcade Fire (or Broken Social Scene, or Wolf Parade, or whatever). Could it be that in actuality, these bands are only popular--though intensely popular--within this particular scene, and are at this moment about as popular as they will ever be? Sure, Broken Social Scene could be mainstays on the Toronto music scene for twenty years to come, but will they ever transcend the current genre fad and gain long lasting notoriety?

7/28/2005 10:43 p.m.  
Blogger Punk is Dead said...

By the way, it should be noted that I still greatly enjoy the music of Stars, even though they are generally lumped in with this whole "scene" with which I'm apparently becoming tired.

7/28/2005 10:45 p.m.  

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