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probably. i hope so.
hardcore and its derivatives are doing swell though - pulled apart by horses, shield yr eyes, rolo tomassi etc all creating exciting music with british guitars.
my point is, the phrase 'british guitar music' only ever seems to be used for bloated, unimaginative and humourless brit-indie.
the guardian are asking if '2011 will be the year of the british guitar band', with the vaccines as the leading light.
i don't think it's even tongue in cheek.
of course there are myriad british bands that use guitars brilliantly, but 'british guitar music' seems to be linked to a certain brand.
'2011 will be the year of the British guitar band WHO SELLS RECORDS BECAUSE THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERS'
listen to nitkowski and shield your eyes.
If they were from some backwater US state, signed to Matador and written about on P4k, they'd be 'respected' on here.
that hazy, dreamy, scuzzy, jangly sound is doing less and less for me.
too many bands that sound too similar. nothing stands out. beach fossils were the tipping point. it's just all so...ok.
Deerhunter for instance. Soooooooo bland, I literally can't for the life of me see how anyone could love that record
I agree with this...I'm finding less and less to enjoy about American guitar music (and I live in the US!) I still gravitate to the UK bands for the most part!
I never went for that Black Lips, White Denim school of hipster rock'n'roll - too much like post-Strokes trying a touch too hard. That Smith Westerns track doing the blog rounds is doing nothing for me either.
but there are a lot of supporters too. I like some of it, but some of it sounds bland and same-y, as boring as the boredom the members strain to affect.
But amongst some people, they'd be respected as Thee Oh Sees, Smith Westerns and that lot are.
I can't say I know anything about them, other than that NME are pushing them as the next big thing (and I only know that from what people have said on here), and that they're colossally shit.
something very needy about the press hyping up the Vaccines and Brother as "saviours of guitar music". It just smacks of marketing-lead bullshit. No doubt though we could use a band that pulls people together into a consensus and as an antidote to the wave of bedroom laptop wunderkinds that blogs cream their pants over these days - but doubt either of these is that
what is British guitar music?
categorically can state he's still alive
cuz we all know british guitar music has always been shit
but I kind of feel that - to engaging with Michael's point on some levels and ignore loads more - they're a British guitar band that have managed to take that really 'American' style indie guitar route of just being a bit weird and uncareerist and almost as a result getting slightly more popular every time they put out a record... I dunno, I can't be bothered to formulate the thought, but I think these's something about BSP that probably means British indie guitar bands aren't dead. maybe. I dunno.
Apparently their next release will be a split with MC Solaar to save money on promotion.
and it's being killed by Beady Brain
I'll assassinate it for you.
When the BBC or Sean or whoever says "UK guitar rock is dead!!!!!11", they mean it's not selling records like what Oasis did because at this moment the popular press spotlight is on UK urban pop or synth retro or the same teen-centred disposable pop we thought we'd got rid of years ago. The sort of 'new' bands mainstream Radio 1 likes - Frank Turner, Blood Red Shoes, increasingly PABH - got there because of their live following, although BRS at least haven't even had that big a London headline show yet.
so probably yes...
it just smells funny
but i think there's maybe an interesting point going on.
as people have observed, it's probably mostly market driven. no big british guitar seller in the oasis mould has come along recently..
you could say that the xx have become a marketable crossover guitar act. but because they don't use their guitars in the rable rousing rock n' roll fashion, we/they discard them when talking about british guitar music.
i dunno...i think my point was, like i said, guitars are still being used well.....but that phrase...'british guitar music', seems to only relate to a very white, male, aggressive, conventional brand of what people like to think of as 'rock n' roll'. and very easy to sell.