Let's face it. The scene is not dead. It's cyclical like any genre of music. Punk. Hair Metal. Grunge. It all works in cycles.
Running errands this morning, I popped in Thursday's Full Collapse- still one of my favorite records of all time. I was drumming along, singing at the top of my lungs and driving to the bank and back to my apartment.
For people my age, this is our "scene." We will talk about an album like Full Collapse like it was our Nevermind.
So what happened? Why do we claim that the scene is dead?
Well, our "scene" came around the time of the Internet market. While it gave us a larger channel to discover new music, we also over saturated it with our own creations. We used the tools to discover too much, and also created too much.
That's not a bad thing. Like previous scenes, it took time for some artists to discover other areas of music, where as today, we have all different genres and sounds at a click of a mouse. The problem, therein, lies in not utilizing discovery. So many bands sound like others before because "that is" what they strive to sound like, as much as they tell you, "We're into other things, you know."
I don't know if this is the end. I don't know if the "scene" is really dead. But it's been 10 years since The Shape of Punk to Come, and it seems that these "scenes" work in decades. So we can only hope that our scene has its Appetite For Destruction, and be one last A-Bomb before the next "scenes" Nevermind or Full Collapse comes along.