Guitar music is dead, right? It died in 1994 with Kurt Cobain. And again after 2005’s indie resurgence. It died after the Arctic Monkeys spawned a tribe of copy-cat acts. It died with Nu-Metal, and Nu-Rave, and when Muse decided that buzzsaw synth sounds were the best way to progress. Unsustainable, right?
Or maybe it isn’t. Maybe it never died. Maybe it can’t die. Think about the statement for a second. Guitar music is dead. How? What does that even mean? Does that mean record sales for guitar bands are down? From figures last year it would seem not. We’re still waiting to hear about the figures this year for solely guitar based bands, but do a little digging and it’s clear that sales are definitely on the rise. So if sales are not down, does it mean that the music is of a lower quality? It’s stupid to even get into that debate. There’s plenty of shit, bland, dull guitar based music which you can point to from 10, 15, 20 years ago. But the problem with this is that music is subjective. Just because the Guardian want some hard-hitting, contrarian feature piece to drag up page hits does not mean that any form of music is dead. Especially when bands like Alt-J, Tall Ships, This Town Needs Guns, Titus Andronicus, Band of Horses, Grizzly Bear, Tame Impala, Trash Talk, Maybeshewill, Two Door Cinema Club are all releasing albums in the next 6 week or so. Whatever you think of their music, it’s hard to argue that they’re dying bands.
Here’s a new Manchester based band, fans of Weezer, Tall Ships and Joanna Newsom, so they’ve got my vote, this is Burning Buildings. This song is all about the Infinite Jest (but doesn’t go on for as long), and it’s from their soon to be released EP called Body Parts.