Friday, October 7, 2011

earworm of the day: polaroids of polar bears

alexisonfire have broken up and i'm not really sad about that. i'm just old enough to have been there near the beginning when they were still just skinny angry little nerds playing pop punk/hardcore. there really weren't many bands doing it at the time but what i loved about alexis was that they were probably the first to combine the two styles well. i can't say i liked anything they did after the self-titled album though.

screamy pop punk bands were difficult for labels to sell. you can't really sing along and most of these bands weren't radio friendly. labels frequently told producers and bands they had to lose the screams or at least tone them down in order to increase sales but how do you do that and stay the same band? the answer is you don't. you may have noticed that george featured less and less in the followup albums then ultimately changed the way he screamed to a more acceptable tim armstrong style of growl/singing. one word; lame.

the self-titled album was brilliant because it captured a moment in musical history perfectly. suddenly indie bands were hot and anything the kids called "emo" was destined to get signed whether the label like them or not. i think a lot of young musicians realized just how awful the industry is as many of them were chewed up and spit out. some got lucky and had a good run, most of them did not. hell, some of them still haven't gotten over it and continue to write songs about how their lawyers screwed them.

i think i'm going off on a tangent here so i'll just close this out now.

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