Tuesday, 21 May 2013
I keep dancing on my own
Roque has written an interesting piece on where all the indiepop bloggers have gone and it is something I have been thinking about recently as well. Roque says that it is maybe because indiepop isn't hip anymore but I don't think indiepop has ever been hip. England is sometimes viewed romantically as the true home of indiepop but gigs are still quite sparsely attended and always have been. In fact, there are more free shows now than there ever were 20 odd years ago and still nobody seems that interested. Facebook is probably to blame because word can spread about a band or song very quickly without someone going to the trouble of writing a blog post. It is also probably to do with bloggers running out of things to say and the lack of interesting and exciting bands around. You are only moved to write when you are inspired and I haven't heard anything new to make me rush to my keyboard for months. Indiepop is a very conservative medium, hence the endless discussions about what constitutes indiepop and what falls outside the narrow parameters set by the taste-makers. Over a year ago now someone said (you know who you are) "Conservatism is rewarded and dissent is shunned" and nothing has changed. Where have all the bloggers gone? Who is going to speak up? Maybe everybody just got bored and moved on.