Alternative rock

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in Alternative rock, Rock music | Comments Off on Alternative rock

Alternative rock

The famous alternative rock band “Nickelback” is no longer famous as 10 years ago, noticed frontman Chad Kroeger and added that the band had no intention to commercialize in order to achieve the former success. Songs of the Canadian band in previous years were among the 40 most played songs in the US, and no matter what today is dominated by dance music, they do not plan to adapt to regain glory. “Do not look at what the popular performers are doing. We do not rush Lady Gaga or Katy Perry. They are perfect in what they do, and we do what we do“, said Kruger. There is no person who would say that the Nickelback is hot. We are not and we really don’t care, he added. Magazine Billboard nominated them for the group of the decade, and their hit How You Remind Me of 2001 was declared the song of the decade.
3bd29326bc8a8a8c2d4e32de1e74c44dRock music has served as a vehicle of social and cultural movements, creating many subcultures such as the mods and rockers in the UK, and the hippies in the United States. Hippies were counterculture emerged in San Francisco during the 60s that would quickly spread to the whole America. During the 70s there was a punk culture from it that arose later to goth and emo subculture. Inheriting the tradition of folk protest songs, rock music is associated with political activism, as well as changing social attitudes towards race, sex and drug use, and is often seen as an expression of youthful revolt against consumerism and authority of adults.
Since the 90’s alternative rock began to dominate rock music scene so it has penetrated the mainstream scene with the grunge, Britpop and indie rock. Then there were others subgenre fusions, such as pop punk, rap rock and rap metal, as well as attempts to rekindle the second subgenres (garage rock and post-punk revival) during the start of the new millennium.

The term alternative rock and alternative music in the early 80’s often were used to describe the punk rock and punk rock inspired bands that were published in smaller production companies and whose musical style did not fit in any of the mainstream directions of that era. Today, the term is sometimes used to describe the alternative rock and punk together.

im344-640px-Amber_Smith_(band)As specific musical genre, alternative rock consists of various subgenres that have emerged from indie music scene in the early 1980s and have become popular or widely known until the 1990s, such as indie, grunge, gothic rock and college rock. These genres merges their combined sound of style and/or ethos of punk, which in the 1970s laid the foundation of alternative music.
The most developed styles of alternative rock are new wave , and grunge.

Alternative rock has large influences out from jazz, pop, hip-hop, reggae and electronic music, and sometimes is closer within these genres than to rock itself. We can see for example a band called Burgundy Band, which is alternative rock band, with addition of a little bit of electronic music.

Alternative rock, especially grunge, partially developed under the influence of heavy metal. Even some grunge groups such as Soundgarden and Alice In Chains initially advertised as a metal band, before the alternative rock became a respectable commercial phenomenon.

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Does alternative rock music have a future?

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Does alternative rock music have a future?

We are still at the beginning of new millennia and things never looked so darker, instead of being fresh and armed with positive attitude, everything is sinking down, together with a music we once adored so much. Sales are forgotten, mainstream music is trying to save itself, by becoming more provocative and screaming for attention like raging teenager. More and more bands are trying to find its way towards popularity by promoting their own works on various web pages.

In not so distant past, without record companies, any musician or band couldn’t put their music out there, but today, with the help of affordable studios, freelancers who seek engineering job and social networks as a PR manager, the existence of record companies has become pointless.

We still hear about THE mainstream on Billboard, or on MTV, but that is far away from alternative music that we used to. The general feeling is that this music has been locked away, like some people use St Cloud Locksmith to secure and isolate a room.

green_day_2015_500_323_70_s_c1Where have disappeared all our protestants who fought against injustice and the system? What happened to a Green Day who openly spoke against war, the president and his politics? Ramones wrote song “My brain is hanging upside down” when a Prime Minister visited Germany along with many alternative rock bands who played their music against the system.

Alternative rock has become almost nonexistent; it has turned into something that we call today pop – rock or pop – punk because the bands are convinced they will sell better this way their music.


What is more disappointing, we still have the ability to speak against injustice, but men and women who are currently at our musical scene, decide to play safe and turned to gaining a profit. Everything has become similar like we have one song and million variations of it. Musicians should be representative of the mass, it doesn’t matter If mass doesn’t agree with you on some matters, but they will still respect you because you had your point of view.

indexThe truth is that alternative rock music has a very dark future unless something changes, but how things are now, the bands who used to be alternative are battling for profit and for the first places on the charts. Those are not artists that we grew up with and had one of our best memories with them. We fall in love with them because of their integrity, freedom of speech and strength they had to stand up almost to anyone.

This may be the last chance to save alternative rock, if there is still something out there to be saved. By supporting them on their shows, tell them that you like their music, encourage them to continue with their work. Maybe, just maybe in this way, there is still hope for alternative rock and for those musicians who will once again give their voice to the people and be on their side in this fight.

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