Living Up to the Hype

Album Cover: No Line On The Horizon

"I'm running down the road like loose electricity while the band in my head plays a striptease."
U2 / Breathe

Posted on February 08, 2005 12:54 AM in Music
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There's an article at NAMC Worldwide Newsroom called Are Rock Bands Today Living Up To The Hype?, written by a guy named "Swan," who is the lead singer of New York rock band "Almighty Love Noise."

In the article, Swan argues that the main reason good rock music is on a decline these days is that today's bands aren't producing "quality original music that music fans will listen to not only today but twenty years from now." He cites acts such as Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, U2, Coldplay, Metallica and others who have been successful simply because their music has transcended generations.

He also raises the interesting point that even the most popular rock bands of today – like The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, and Interpol – have yet to hit the top of the charts.

Swan argues that artists today seem to be trying very hard to fit in the cookie cutter mold set forth by the major labels, and therefore are missing the big picture in terms of making interesting, exciting music that music fans are really longing for.

While I do see potential for the aforementioned bands – especially The Killers – I also agree that rock bands of today don't seem to have that aura of greatness about them that bands like The Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails did in the early 90s. When you heard records by those bands, you felt like you were actually experiencing a shift in the musical landscape. If those were eruptions, today's bands are simply making tremors at best.

There will always be those diamonds in the rough that somehow make their way above the fray – it's just a shame there aren't more per capita these days.

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