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The Scene Is Dead
The Scene Is Dead
01/16/09 at 06:15 PM by anamericangod
I'm not sure exactly when it happened. 2003, 2004 maybe. After that I find little to no evidence proving otherwise. There is an occasional blip on the proverbial radar, but there is nothing consistent or convincing enough to prove otherwise.

Something has happened in the past few years.

We have entered a new Dark Ages. What was once a thriving community full of pride and integrity has been reduced to an embarrassing shadow of its former self. The founding fathers of the scene as we once knew it have been replaced. The bands that once served as the core of this movement have been designated as backups while “fresh” and “up and coming” bands rise to the top, achieving ungodly levels of success.

Honesty and talent have been replaced with picture...[read more]
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06:18 PM on 01/16/09
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Interesting read. You make great points.

RIP
06:28 PM on 01/16/09
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Myspace killed our scene. The music scene is far too saturated.
06:34 PM on 01/16/09
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tl;dnr.

No, I'm kidding. This is really great, albeit depressing and true. I remember seeing a kid wearing an NFG shirt when I was in sixth grade and coming home that day and firing up the ol' Kazaa, where I downloaded the first song that came up, Understatement, which was the song that got me into music, basically. I'm still in high school, and I see all these freshmen coming in this year with Clandestine hoodies and Glamour Kills shirts, who think The Maine and 3!oh3 are gods, and it just doesn't make sense. And the worst part is, it definitely doesn't seem like it's going to get any better any time soon.
06:38 PM on 01/16/09
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Is it okay if I link people to this when they ask why I am so bitter when it comes to bands like The Maine and Forever The Sickest Kids? I've been trying to figure out how to put my thoughts on this into words, and I think you did it better than I ever could have.
06:40 PM on 01/16/09
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Originally Posted by underdawg1119
Is it okay if I link people to this when they ask why I am so bitter when it comes to bands like The Maine and Forever The Sickest Kids? I've been trying to figure out how to put my thoughts on this into words, and I think you did it better than I ever could have.
Sure thing. Maybe Anton can make it a news post, lawls.
06:48 PM on 01/16/09
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Haha, he should. Especially with all the recent shenanigans concerning those clowns in brokencyde and The Maine and Jcook and Jeffree Star.
07:14 PM on 01/16/09
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So true. I guess we can only hope for some great redeemer/prophet/savior to come along and save us all from having to put up with music that has even less substance than the bands of today.
07:23 PM on 01/16/09
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why does it always have to be a fourteen year old girl? seriously.
jimmy eat world is the whole reason i listen to music! and metro station and the maine are just a joke to me. not ALL fourteen year old girls are like that.

i mean i know where you're coming from and all, im just saying, not every fourteen year old girl is like that...although most are.
07:43 PM on 01/16/09
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You're right on.
But there is still that music out there that comes purely from emotion and the soul. I find just as many "life-changing" songs/albums now that I did then. You just have to weed through way more shit to find them. So thank you Myspace.
Being young and able to attach yourself to things much easier probably didn't hurt the love for certain albums back then.
Being older and having different issues for bands to relate to probably does hurt your view of the same scene now.
07:45 PM on 01/16/09
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the best eulogy i have ever read.
07:54 PM on 01/16/09
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I agree to an extent. The scene is definitely supersaturated and unable to contain itself--hence bands like Brokencyde. What happens to anything like this, though, is that it stops being able to support itself, falls apart, and is reborn. I think of today like the 80's hair metal scene. There were hair metal bands popping up left and right, and though they didn't quite have the means of proliferation they do now, they just inundated the world with their eerily similar antics and music--vapid, trite, similar-sounding, and--interestingly--neon. The bands spilled over the edges, though; they broke the metaphorical dam. I don't know how it's going to happen this time around, I don't know who our new Nirvana will be (they're typically credited with "killing" hair metal), but I feel like the dam is close to bursting, and it will break and wash away this trend.

This was a great read, though. You're a damn good writer.
07:59 PM on 01/16/09
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Originally Posted by ArtfullyAborted
I agree to an extent. The scene is definitely supersaturated and unable to contain itself--hence bands like Brokencyde. What happens to anything like this, though, is that it stops being able to support itself, falls apart, and is reborn. I think of today like the 80's hair metal scene. There were hair metal bands popping up left and right, and though they didn't quite have the means of proliferation they do now, they just inundated the world with their eerily similar antics and music--vapid, trite, similar-sounding, and--interestingly--neon. The bands spilled over the edges, though; they broke the metaphorical dam. I don't know how it's going to happen this time around, I don't know who our new Nirvana will be (they're typically credited with "killing" hair metal), but I feel like the dam is close to bursting, and it will break and wash away this trend.

This was a great read, though. You're a damn good writer.
The current trend is worse. Even though there is a lot of modern day hate for the 80s scene, those guys were incredibly talented and they put on insane shows. They were masters of their instruments, and most of those singers could sing like a motherfucker. People like Sebastian Bach and Nikki Sixx were fucking rock stars.

Now we have a bunch of kids who don't really do anything, but they're still getting famous for it.
08:03 PM on 01/16/09
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I feel awkward posting on one of your blogs as I normally just read them, but I wanted to say that I agree with you. And that it's comforting to know others feel the same way, even if that feeling is depressing.

My band wasn't Thursday. It was 3 other bands. I finally found music I loved and realized there was more outside of the radio. I didn't have to be forced to like something because it was cool or because it was the only thing presented to me. I could love something cause I had a connection to it and it was sincere. And I could find it myself.

It kills me now that there are still bands like that out there, being passionate and real, but like you said, they can't get past the trend/flash stuff that has been saturating the scene. You basically said what has been frustrating me for some time now, better than I'd ever be able to articulate.
08:07 PM on 01/16/09
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Originally Posted by anamericangod
The current trend is worse. Even though there is a lot of modern day hate for the 80s scene, those guys were incredibly talented and they put on insane shows. They were masters of their instruments, and most of those singers could sing like a motherfucker. People like Sebastian Bach and Nikki Sixx were fucking rock stars.

Now we have a bunch of kids who don't really do anything, but they're still getting famous for it.
I agree, but what I'm saying is we have our Nikki Sixxes and our Sebastian Bachs, the keystones of this neon trend--like, say, All Time Low--and then we have the bands like Dokken--The Maine and Metro Station.

I think it's an apt analogy, and i do think that once the scene overpopulates, it will implode from being unable to support itself.
08:08 PM on 01/16/09
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Originally Posted by ArtfullyAborted
I agree, but what I'm saying is we have our Nikki Sixxes and our Sebastian Bachs, the keystones of this neon trend--like, say, All Time Low--and then we have the bands like Dokken--The Maine and Metro Station.

I think it's an apt analogy, and i do think that once the scene overpopulates, it will implode from being unable to support itself.
I agree.

Although I am very fond of the phrase "Rockin' like Dokken."
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