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A brilliant collection of demos of indie rock anthems

Songs almost never emerge fully formed. They end up going to through re-writes, revisions, re-recordings, re-mixes and so much more before they’re declared fit for public consumption.

But if you’re a student of songwriting, record and production, you ache to hear all these in-between stages. That’s why hearing early demos of big songs can be so cool.

Kudos to The NME for culling the Internet for rough demos of huge indie anthems. Here are a couple of examples.

You’ll want to go through all of them here.


Alan Cross

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