The fact that Kreyshawn was allowed to release a song in 2011 goes to show how awful music has become over the last couple of years. With pretty much zero creativity, a lust for sales, and the desire to be a “somebody”, it seems that most musician’s have just given up.
I’m finding it increasingly difficult to find music that has some sort of value to it in this disposable society, where everything seems to revolve around image and controversy. As fun as ‘212’ is, by Universal’s latest signing Azealia Banks, you can’t help but wonder whether or not people would’ve reacted the same way to her music if it wasn’t full of foul language and celebrity digs. Then you’ve got Skrillex, who needs no introduction. The guy is single handedly being blamed for the commercialisation, and therefore the downfall, of dubstep. A genre that has only been around for a handful of years.
Then to add insult to injury, a visit to a much loved website ended with a similar feeling of disappointment. Harlem based rapper A$AP Rocky has stuffed a ton of cash into the bank account of a free magazine (they must have needed the money) in order to promote his half-arsed, unoriginal rhymes to an audience of people who would normally rip apart someone who wears two hats at the same time.
I will admit that the above genres aren’t exactly my first choice when it come to music, but that doesn’t mean I’m being biased. Guitar music has been full of shame recently with nearly every band reuniting for festival appearances, or because they’re out of pocket.
Last years return album from blink-182 killed the band for me, and I’m still trying to find a reason why they ever thought it was a good idea. But, already this year I have seen two of my all time favourite groups come out of retirement. This act alone is enough to put me off their music. Both At The Drive-In and Refused were easily two of the most influential bands from the last 15 years, and I was happy leaving it that way. Their decision to reform now leaves me with a sickening feeling that they are going to ruin it all with whatever they decide to do. Only time will tell I guess.
Ok I’m done.