Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Your Band (Name) Sucks
So I'm just sitting here as I do most Tuesday mornings, going through the new stuff on iTunes, and I have a question: Can we please stop the hipsterfication of alt music? I don't meant to impugn anyone's material as I already know that some of the bands I'm about to mention are pretty good, but a quick scan of the latest alternative releases available reads like a South Park parody of indie music band names.
Let's run down the bands who line the front page of the alternative section of iTunes right now:
Rah Rah, Ducktails, High Highs, BOY, Y La Bamba, Cave Painting, Wildlife Control, Skinny Lister, Spectral Park, Leagues, Big Harp, Blaudzun, Hey Ocean!, Bleeding Rainbow, Sleeping at Last, Air Review, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down.
I get that the hipster aesthetic dictates that your band name should generally be an inanimate, single-word object, two words picked out of a hat that make no sense at all together, or an opaque, strangely non-descriptive action that's so not a band name that it strikes exactly the right note of aloof irony (or, of course, the name of an animal). But I feel like bands these days are just trying to be elusive and weird simply for the sake of being elusive and weird.
Maybe I'm getting old.
I was going to say that I think I'll start a band and just call it "Noun" -- but of course that's already taken.