Guitar music is dead. Rock is RIP. Blah blah blah.
That seems to be the view held by certain sectors of the music industry. In the UK, if you turn on Radio 1 right now you’ll find very few guitar bands on the playlist. The noteable exceptions at this week are Blossoms and Florence and the Machine on the A list (both arguably not pure guitar bands) and holding a brightly flaming torch for exciting new young rock bands, Dream Wife on the C list. That’s it.
Here on Breaking More Waves I’ve never been a champion of just indie rock music, just as I’ve never been a champion of just electronic music or just folk music or just experimental music. I’m excited by all types of music and don’t really understand people who only like one genre. There’s a whole world of sound waiting to be discovered. Only listening to one genre is like only eating fish and chips or only having sex in the same position and place. Boring.
Right now I don’t buy the guitar music is dead argument. Sure, it may not be morphing into anything particularly new or challenging as a genre but right now I feel there’s a whole group of guitar bands out there who are committing huge amounts of energy and zeal into what they do; the result being the hairs on the back of the neck stand up when you witness them play live. There's still a lust for rock 'n' roll.
The Blinders are one such band. Raw, passionate, with a lead singer who is like a modern day version of Jim Morrison, there’s a dark burning fire in this band that not only works live but translates its heavy fuel into the recorded form well.
New single L'etat C'est Moi is a perfect example of that. “A self-proclaimed war-dance told by the Idiot King himself. The first-person perspective of a madman, and his obsessive fantasies for power over all, and insolence from none,” is how the band describe the song. It’s a brutal but euphoric cacophony of noise that is a long way from displaying signs of indie rock being dead.This will make you feel alive.
The Blinders - L'etat C'est Moi (Video)