Indie vs Alt: A Breakdown of Sorts

It is my humble opinion that 'Indie' and 'Alt' and all the sub-genres spawned by them are a form of subterfuge designed to confuse people over the age of 37

I believe that the terms 'indie' and 'alt', and the multitude of sub-genres spawned by them, are a form of subterfuge designed to confuse people over the age of 35.

38 days until Coachella…

ALT ROCK

Primal Origin: A holy trinity of sorts involving the creation of The Sex Pistols, the release of Patti Smith’s Horses and Lou Reed’s Metal Machine.

Birth: R.E.M.

Favorite Son: Kurt Kobain

Aesthetic: Multi-culturalism fused with junk culture.

Source of Angst: Drug use, depression, the environment (and of course a smattering of teen angst).

Credo: Screw the media, screw the man… Although it’s okay to be famous if you dress down.

Band Names: Single words that bear no meaning, or combination of words that signify nothing.  If all else fails, use of Band Name Generator is acceptable.

Fan base: Liberal Arts Majors

Fan base aesthetic: Boys: Skater chic.  Girls: Nylon magazine.

Life blood: Shows in Clubs (preferably crappy ones) because Music Festivals no longer feel authentic.

Minor Dieties: Ska, Post-Punk, Skater-Punk, Pop-Punk

Harbinger of Doom: Coldplay

INDIE ROCK

Primal Origin : Velvet Underground

Birth: Elliot Smith

Favorite Son: Jack White

Source of Angst: Whiny vocals focused on lost love, mean parents and other teenage issues.

Aesthetic: DIY.  Urge to shun everything prefab, safe and or typical.

Credo: It’s not cool to make money.  Bands should either be unsigned or with a label that no one’s ever heard of.

Band Names: If using just a noun and an adjective, the adjective should have no realistic meaning when paired with the noun.  Other names can be vague phrases from a book,  or a combination of words that makes absolutely no sense but sounds mysterious, deep, and/or like an inside joke.

Fan base: Known as “Indians” they typically discover a life changing band approximately three times a year.

Fan base aesthetic: Guys should look homeless.  Girls should be very cute and otherwise out of the guys’ league.

Lifeblood: Outdoor music festivals.

Minor Dieties: Shoe-gaze/dream pop , lo-fi, and math rock.

Harbinger of Doom: Modest Mouse and Death Cab for Cutie sign big deals

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2 responses to “Indie vs Alt: A Breakdown of Sorts

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