Rebirth of the uncool landfill indie
The moment of a record became impossible to detect it’s historical event. Last May, the cribs celebrated the 10th birthday of their Third, Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever with a tour. These bands as well as the skinny jean saturated indie movement that spawned them have been irrelevant for a number of years.
The year 2008 indie and its sartorial and geographical accouterments weren’t only deeply not impressive but symbols of the folly of ever finding meaning in the army of ill-fitting blazers of Adrian Moles.
The reminiscent interruption felt long enough not because of the music was funny, infectious nor intelligent but it deserved a second chance because the indie scene of the 00’s just might turn out to be the UK’s last the large scale youth subcultured.
These days it is impossible to pinpoint the moment a record becomes a relic. In May, the Cribs will celebrate the 10th birthday of their third, Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever with a tour. The View will do the same for their first album, Hats Off To The Buskers, this spring, while June sees the Wombats play a one-off show to mark a decade since their debut, A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation. These bands and the skinny jean-saturated indie movement that spawned them have been painfully irrelevant for a number of years, but perhaps we should see this cavalcade of rose-tinted reminiscence as a watershed moment: mid-00s UK indie has now become a fully fledged heritage industry.
Such peddling of nostalgia could be the shift that finally rehabilitates the reputation of this particular indie scene. What started with the Libertines and their lairy-yet-fey 2002 debut single What A Waster (that year they supported both the Sex Pistols and Morrissey, and in many ways appeared like a perfect fusion of the two) became an irresistible formula: angular, jangly guitars plus big riffs plus amusingly pretentious lyricism (and hair), embraced by bands such as the Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand and the Kaiser Chiefs.
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