Put a record on & let's talk.

Rock Band [and no, I'm not talking about the video game]

In recent years, popular music has lost sight of the rock band. The focus has been on pop and EDM for so long, that I'm sure the kids of today can't even identify with a typical band setup. Back when I was a kid, it was all about the rock bands. And, not just weirdo alternative kids like me- popular culture was into it, too. My youth was the heyday of alternative rock and pop punk bands. It was awesome and I was so into it [as was most everyone]. I'm talking bands like All American Rejects, Blink 182, Yellowcard, Simple Plan, Good Charlotte, Hoobastank... Remember all that good early 2000s shit? Bands like these kind of rode the wave of reviving garage rock [ahem, The Strokes, The Hives, The Vines, and The White Stripes] but put a more catchy [and, I guess, commercial] spin on it. For me, they were certainly a gateway drug of sorts to the trend of music they were following.

or a kid, what a great thing to look up to! Friends coming together, learning instruments together, writing together, and creating some kick ass tunes. Nowadays it's all auto-tune, hired lyricists, computers and producers. I mean, there's talent in that, too. It just comes from a different place. It come's form a place of calculation and manufacture; not honesty and real life, like where these band originated from. I'm pretty sure the members of every band I just named came together as friends first, and then tried to make it. You can't get more real than that. They were producing music that they wanted to give us [as the listening public], not what we wanted to hear. At least that's the way it seems. You can't but a price on honesty when it comes to creating good music.

ately, there are signs that rock bands might once again be entering the popular music spotlight. And, this news makes me all warm and tingly inside. Most notably [in my opinion], we have the band 5 Seconds of Summer. They are 4 teenaged boys from Australia who are making a splash lately [most likely because of their association with the boyband One Direction, who they are touring with again this summer]. No matter how they got popular, they are a band with actual instruments!

You know it's a sad state of affairs when I'm excited that a group who plays instruments is getting popular. I actually got the chance to see them play live a few months ago and they were pretty good. As I quickly learned, they have a huge [mostly female] following. This means young kids are getting into bands again! I'm hoping this means the start of another era of the rock band.

Until next time, happy rocking out!

Xx. J