Hi there! How are you this fine day?
Thank you for coming to my blog and taking the time to read it.
If you’re in this particular page, it means you want to know more about me, but I honestly have no idea what to tell you. I guess I should start from the beginning.
I am a very musical person, and though I like it all, my favorite genre has always been rock in all its forms: hard, classic, glam, punk, metal in all its glory. But this one summer I got kind of bored of it, and decide to ask my mate Mike for suggestions – before I continue, there’s something you should know about Mike: he doesn’t exactly have all his marbles, always prattling about conspiracy theories and how “the man” has screwed everything up. So when I asked him for suggestions I was expecting something completely out of the ordinary.
And, of course, Mike didn’t disappoint me. He just came over with one of his CDs (yes, CDs, we’re that old, thank you very much) and told me he’d would get me out of the, and I quote, “mainstream crap I’d been listening”. The album he brought? Made in Mexico’s Zodiac Zoo.
It’s fair to say that I was playing that whole record back to back for the entire week. Soon I was looking for more bands, which thanks to the Internet and a bit of pirating, was relatively easy. Melt Banana, Royal Trux, Melvins, Slint, The Jesus Lizard, all became a fixture in my playlists, along with many others.
Besides the musical aspect, do you know what I like most about noise-rock? It’s the fact that, despite being around since the 1970s, it managed to stay indie. I mean, if you did a more historical search you’d find that most rock and metal genres have seen some kind of mainstream popularity one time or another. For example, you’re probably old enough to remember the nü metal explosion – when bands like Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, and Korn were playing on the radio and had their videos constantly on Mtv. The same had happened to some punk-rock bands such as Sahara Hot Nights, The Donnas, Rancid, and Rise Against. But you’ve probably never heard of a noise-rock band signing a contract with a major record label.
Which is not surprising, since the base of the genre is experimentation – a trait that most of the labels abhor, as they cannot predict how the fans will react to (i.e., buy) it. “Indie” has become a quality in itself; when you listen to indie whatever you’re into, you do it because it’s unlike anything being massively sold. It’s like a breath of fresh air in this mass consumerism of today that is only able to contain one or two molds – how many videos feature female singers sporting the same outfit, the same make-up, the same hairstyle, singing in the same tones about the same things?
So I’ve decided to start this blog as my way of supporting the indie community. Rock and roll wasn’t meant to be confined to the straitjacket of big labels – and nothing like good old noise-rock to remind us of that.