Here we go. More hand-wringing over the state of rock and its inevitable and imminent demise. Even as indie music continues to fill the gaps created as the major labels retrench, someone somewhere is all too willing to look on the dark side.
This article from The Guardian moans the decline of British indie rock:
This year’s Brit awards will be a melancholy experience for indie fans. The genre’s big performers on the evening will be Blur and Noel Gallagher, a pairing that will evoke memories of the 1995 ceremony, when Britpop swept the old guard away, and thus highlight the contrast with the current state of play.
The latest issue of Q magazine opens its review of the new Maccabees album with the rhetorical question: “Has there ever been a worse musical climate to be a guitar band in Britain?” The past is another country. The British public buys guitar music there.