This week, there has been a lot of talk about the state of rock music and apparently it is dead. This statement made me laugh slightly because for me I look at the rock/alternative music scene and at the moment especially in the UK it’s probably at the best it has been in a while and it’s set to get even better this year.
Last year, Bring Me The Horizon released their third studio album and received some amazing praise from critics and fans, entering charts all over the world and getting a number one album in Australia. Last week saw the release of the new album by Architects and reading reviews in magazines it seems like it will be one of the best albums of this year. Not only that but magazines such as Rocksound and Kerrang! over the past few weeks have been putting together their reasons why 2011 will be such an amazing year for rock. New albums from bands such as The Blackout, You Me At Six, All Time Low, Foo Fighters, My Passion are all set for release and countless more bands will be putting out albums this year as well.
To me it seems like there has never been a better time for the alternative scene in the UK. You only have to look at the festival line up’s that have already been put together and the you can see that there is a heavy presences of rock bands whether they are from the UK or US. Also, in the past few weeks on Radio One in the daytime I have heard songs from Bring Me The Horizon and Architects, if you are not familiar with these bands their music contains a lot of screaming, this is music you don’t expect to hear on this station apart from on The Radio One Rockshow but to hear it in the day surely shows that rock music is making such a mark that it can’t be ignored.
The charts are full of indie, dance and R’n’B and I’m not going to deny that but there are bands making a name for themselves in the name of mainstream music and with more albums to be released this year it seems more bands could be thrown into the spotlight.
In terms of the alternative scene it is amazingly strong and full of a hell of a lot of talent whether established like Bring Me The Horizon or up and coming like My Passion and Young Guns. But in terms of big, stadium rock bands I can see that maybe this not be a brilliant time for it. In terms of the UK we have about 2 or 3 really big bands like that such as Muse and Kasabian to a certain extent and the US isn’t much better with Green Day and Foo Fighters. If that is what they are referring to by saying rock music is dead then I guess they are slightly right but it’s not fully true.
For me, the music scene as a whole [apart from the alternative scene] has become a bit tired and stale and there is not much new and ground breaking stuff. I think there needs to be a band whether established or brand new to come out and do something that will revolutionize the music industry something like what Nirvana did with grunge. Inevitably, something will happen and something or someone will break through, it’s just a matter of time but more time and money needs to be put into finding these new artists and giving them a chance on record labels instead of dropping them if there record sales are bad. Maybe, the internet which is always praised as being amazing for most industries could help but then again it might just be a hindrance for helping the new artists to make some money, to continue with their quest to get bigger and become the next big thing.