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Are the Arctic Monkeys ‘indie’ Enough?

by | 1st, July 2014

INDIE. There’s a funny word. In music terms, it used to mean ‘signed to an independent’ label. That meant bands signed with Stock Aitken & Waterman would be in the weekly indie charts. However, at some point, ‘indie’ meant ‘a specific type of rock music’.

Indie credentials have never really been clear, but basically, what it seems to mean is this: Bands comprised mainly of white men or women, playing with one or two guitars, a bass, a drumkit and possibly a keyboard player – throwback 50s/60s haircuts preferred.

Indie, it seems, also means ‘following the blueprint of guitar bands signed to independent labels in the 80s and a fondness for Bowie and all that’. As such, it hasn’t moved on much, but you’ll still get people arguing about their favourite indie bands, along a sliding scale that also implies that, once you reach a certain level of fame, you go from ‘indie’ to ‘rock’.

Of course, indie kids should take a leaf out of heavy metal or hip hop’s book. It doesn’t matter if you’re a small band or a stadium selling act we know what you are and that’s fine. Now, lets get on with partying.

This leads us to a question posed by Peace.

They are questioning the Arctic Monkeys’ indie credentials. Are they even an indie band at all? Do the Arctic Monkeys even care if they’re referred to as an indie band?

Speaking to Zero Magazine, Peace frontman Harry Koisser said: “Arctic Monkeys are still called an indie band, but the closest thing their new record sounds like somewhere between Black Sabbath and Dr Dre. Where’s the indie in that?”.

He also spoke about their appearance on E4 show Made in Chelsea, where they played two songs: “…either people saying ‘you’ve completely sold out’, which is an old concept that doesn’t exist any more. All the new cool bands are sponsored by shoe brands anyway and you don’t make money any more. Or people have been really supportive of it… It’s healthy to feel something and say ‘I’m angry at that’ or ‘I loved this’ it’s good for people to feel something and have an opinion, even if it’s only about your favourite band going on

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