Indie music has no substance nowadays. Where it used to be about the lyrics and style, its now just about style and fashion and how the other one looks with everyone wearing stuff like skinny jeans etc.
Ten years ago, i was a huge indie music fan. I loved Oasis and Blur as well as Super Furry Animals, Ocean Colur Scene, Stone Roses, Charlatans, Pulp. All these bands had something to say and yeah, style was a big part of it but the music came first, whereas its pretty poor today when you compare now and then. It related to unemployment, being skint, living in poverty, being in love even, but having to deal with the above along with it. And most of all, the songs would always be different. They would never be samey and the bands always seemed like they didn't want to get stuck with that.
Now we have absolutely loads of samey bands who all look alike and sing the same stuff. I'm not ignorant in my judgement. I have listened to everything over the years and will always listen to something a couple of times before i make up my mind.
There is nothing that relates to any importance in these songs anymore apart from some great standout Indie bands like Razorlight (except for the skinny jeans which are not comfortable whatever anyone says), The Editors, Athlete or Hard-Fi for example.
But we have the The Kooks who ten years ago you would turn off because it sounded like a countryside band who would appear on Radio 2 but now everyone thinks is great coz its cool to follow the trend, The View, Pigeon Detectives, Kate bleeding Nash (oh my god, how crap is she? She sounds like someone drugged her and then just plonked her out on stage with a piano and let her ramble while heavily under the influence!), Kaiser Chiefs who actually DO fit perfectly into the chav element and they are one of the so called leading lights in Indie music at the moment.
Although i like the Artic Monkeys in moderation and i think the lyrics are great and what i was hoping for from a band in the above comments, they have a large chav following, especially in the North where they come from and are not really musically gifted in terms of playing music.
There is nothing that says Indie anymore in the music. Indie is supposed to mean Independent, in music and in thought. There is nothing Independent in following a trend, which is how these bands that are coming out are appearing now. I honestly think if you strapped half the followers down and forced them to tell the truth if their lives depended on it, they would turn round and say that they only listen to half the sh*t they hear because someone else does and then were following them, which happens a lot over the years anyway, just not on the scale i have seen over the last couple of years.
What happened to being influenced by bands like Oasis, Blur and Pulp as well as Joy Division. They all had something better to say in their songs rather than 'What's that coming over the hill, is it a Monster? or 'I use mouthwash, Sometimes I floss, I got a family and I drink lots of tea' Or Kaiser Chiefs who shout 'Woooooooooooaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh' a lot to cover up their lack of writing ability.
As for the music i like, i like loads of different music and am not pinned down by any music style. I really like Hadouken and The Editors at the moment and love Sigur Ros as well as bands like the Foo Fighters or Massive Attack and i'm loving the new Queens of the Stone Age album with its dirty southern rock feel at the moment which is not heavy but is soulful. I also like stuff from as far back as the 60's and some of the funky Electro dance music.
But Indie music has really pis*ed me off over the last few years because its just not good anymore. Not like it used to be. Its too lazy and more about image than anything else.
And the US is not important. You are right. But there is always Europe and Asia who love English music and bands. But Indie music doesn't reach them like it used to. Oasis are huge in Japan and Blur had a large following all over Europe. None of these Indie bands apart from Razorlight are being noticed elsewhere in places like that.