Where do I start? In the 2000’s, the changing music industry, the decline in record sales, the growth of new digital technology and increased use of the Internet as a tool for music promotion, allowed a new wave of indie rock bands to achieve mainstream success.
We have some of the best bands in the world including; The Kooks, Bloc Party, Kaiser Chiefs, Franz Ferdinand and Arctic Monkeys with their debut single “I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor” reaching number one in the single charts back in 2006. The band carried
In America there were also a few great, talented bands in the likes of Kings of Leon, The Killers and The Strokes. These bands made it to the mainstream stage as Indie Rock, with its basic versions of guitar rock made a massive impact on people’s taste in music. The Strokes, being the first to do so with their debut album Is This It (2001).
I have to admit that it has not all been easy for Indie Rock bands seeing sales drop because of YouTube and Spotify in the last few years. However with breakthrough bands like The 1975, Bombay Bicycle Club and Bastille who have gone gold; or will do anyway. Having all played at reading this basically means that their careers have been a success (Everyone wants to play at Reading and Leeds) just goes to show that Indie is back!
The new British Indie rock band The 1975 comprised of four mega cool dudes and their, refreshing and upbeat have been grabbing audiences the past year. They recently was awarded with the mtvU Woodie “Breaking Woodie” for the most stand-out new band and recently toured the world whilst causing havoc at most of the major music festivals in the summer.
Recently in December last year Bombay Bicycle Club played at Earls Court after a hugely successful year (which I saw). They are the last ever band to play at Earls Court before demolition of the historic venue.
2014 has been nothing short of outstanding for Bombay Bicycle Club as the band reached number one with their latest album ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’ and they headlined and sold out European and UK tours in the spring that gained critical applause across the board proving their impeccable reputation as a visually and audibly remarkable live band.