Indie Rock – Musical Musings


 
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Bonjour, mes amies! (that’s French, by the way)

 

On this festive feeling week, with the smatterings of snow and the fact I break up for Christmas holidays soon, I thought what better way to celebrate than do an article on Indie music! As we all know Indie fans don’t celebrate Christmas, being alternative and all. But remember, just because you listen to music of this genre does not immediately classify you as an ‘Emo’. The term ‘Emo’ is too easily branded on to people who listen to Indie music, or wear skinny jeans, black t-shirts with rock bands on the front, ear plugs (not the kind you wear on flights to drown out sound; Emos aren’t keen preservers of the ear drums…) and redonkulus fringes. They aren’t always sad and they don’t moan about how lonely and miserable they are either. I am a great fan of this music and a closet ‘Emo’. Better to be that than a closet something else…

 

 

If you are thinking; “I dislike Indie rock and everything that goes with it, because I’m no Emo”, then prepare to put mustard on those words, for you will soon be consuming them. Along with a slice of humble pie, that comes direct from the oven of shame, set at gas mark egg on your face. These people are skeptics! You know, the kind of people who if you said, for example; “Shoot for the moon, because if you fail you’ll land among the stars”, they’d say, “False. The nearest star is 93 million miles from the moon”. Or “It’s darkest before the dawn”, again they’d say, “False. Optimum darkness occurs roughly at 2am”. You know the phrase ‘you are what you eat’? Well, if these people went to a restaurant they’d order the Jerk chicken. Anyway, on with the music!

 

 

Most of these aren’t ‘Emo’ but are instead classified as Indie Rock. Possibly one of my favorite bands at the moment are The Dykeenies, who hail from Scotland. I went to see them a few weeks ago and can honestly say it was one of the best gigs I’ve been to. I strongly suggest their new album ‘Canyon of Echos’. Twin Atlantic are another Scottish band, and their singer has a distinctive voice that suits both the heavier stuff and brilliant acoustic songs.

 

Deaf Havana, a band from Norfolk, have been establishing themselves strongly in the genre over the past 6 years. A decent all round album for you to look at is ‘Fools and Worthless Liars’.  And a band that I have great expectations for is the annoyingly named T H E S L O W D O W N. It’s as awkward to write as is that moment when someone waves in your direction with enthusiasm and although you don’t recognize them you’re a little happy and intrigued by the situation, and you wave back. Then you hear someone acknowledge and begin a conversation from behind you, as the initial waver makes their way closer. Waves off embarrassment flood over you and you feel your face heat up. It’s all worsened because you know both other parties are at this point beginning an entire new conversation about your faux pas. Horrid. Not that that’s happened to me recently…

 

 

The Xcerts are also from Scotland (I promise my heritage is not getting in the way of my neutral writing stance). This band makes great Indie rock songs, although I’m not too sure of the relevance of the satellite controlled monkey in the above video, but each to their own I guess). My love for this type of music has grown from my unequivocal obsession with Fightstar. This is where I unashamedly breach the threshold of the ‘Emo’ closet and reveal myself. And yes, Charlie Simpson was in Busted, but the Pope was also in the Hitler Youth and look how far he’s gone. Talking about Fightstar mostly just reminds me that they still haven’t responded to my emails, no matter how long they are or how many pictures of myself wearing Fightstar t-shirts I include (just kidding, just kidding. I didn’t wear any clothes). Sigh, but it’s still nice to hear from them.

 

Well that’s it for another week. Please have a listen to the playlist as there are many more of the artists above and numerous different bands that I’m sure you’ll love, and not all the bands are as heavy as the ones above. It also has a sprinkling of punk. I can assure you that the reply button in the playlist will be more used than a teenage girl with a fitter sister. If you don’t listen to it, I’ll dislike you more than those stupid maths exam questions like “Achmed has 32 chocolate bars. He eats 28. What is Achmed left with?”

Diabetes. Achmed is left with diabetes.

 

Happy listening!!

 


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