Opinion

The days of true instrument bands are over

Comments (3)
  1. Stella says:

    By simply passively “wait[ing] for the guitar rock to come back,” you’re missing out on amazing opportunity to listen to contemporary indie or blues rock bands with traditional instrumentation. Just because they’re not on KISS FM doesn’t mean they don’t exist.
    Be proactive. Don’t wait for the top 40 to play the music you prefer — go out and find it. If you’re not willing to do that, then don’t complain about it.

  2. Alecs says:

    The most popular, trendy music has been dominated by studio-driven manipulation for decades. This is nothing new.
    “Back in the earlier era of music, there were session musicians who just played for albums and worked for the studio”
    This is still incredibly common! How ignorant of the music business are you?

    “When I listen to the ’90s bands like Matchbox Twenty or 3 Doors Down, I see musicians who love their craft, not just performers who are onstage to lip-synch to a catchy beat.”
    This would make sense if some of the biggest (in terms of album sales) albums of the ’90s didn’t come from the likes of Britney Spears and N’Sync.

    The industry hasn’t changed that drastically. Your perspective and frame of reference has.

  3. Karissa says:

    I second Stella’s comment. If you want so-called “guitar rock” in the vein of the bands you mention, what about The Hold Steady, who has the most bitchin’ instrumentation of any band I can think of nowadays? What about Locksley? Titus Andronicus? Ted Leo? Okkervil River?

    Your acceptance of what’s spoon-fed to you on mainstream Top-40 or so-called “alt rock” radio is merely indicative of your unwillingness to try something that might go against the grain. There are TONS of instrumentally-driven bands that take from that classic rock sound you mention – you just have to be willing to put in a little effort to find them rather than complaining and fallaciously claiming that they don’t exist.