Sunday, January 2, 2011

One more year to Grunge 2.0

Well it's 2011. Time to shake off those cobwebs and get going on those schemes that will make 2011 the best year ever, right? Even if it is difficult to get off your arse if the year starts on a Saturday.
January 2011 has a special kind of excitement for us at Blind Blimp - it means one more year to Grunge 2.0. And we just can't wait.
I think we can all agree that the first decade of the 21st Century was a second 80s; where standards, taste and discretion plummeted uncontrollably into the mire. Where shock tactics took precedence over talent every time. Only in that cesspool could the horrors of Lady Gaga and the like be allowed. This past decade is forever scarred with the festering footprints of distortion, repetitive electronic beats and things that go beep. We as discerning listeners know this is just not right.
But never fear!
As were the 80s sent packing by the Seattle Grunge Army (alright, it was more like a guerilla unit formed of scruffy peasants), so will the electro-horrors of 2000-2010.
The groundwork was already being laid in 2010 with the return of the old guard: new releases by Pearl Jam and Hole, Dave Grohl returning to his drum kit and the reformation of the Stone Temple Pilots. Veterans, we salute you (a crumpled self-rolled dog-end dangling from our fingertips)!
2011 will be an exciting time, with new raw talent popping up – bands who play instruments and care about the music rather than the trends. And out of this will come a band so far ahead of the curve that a new word will have to be invented for the genius at their fingertips. We know not what is coming, simply that something is.
Yes indeed, boys and girls, 2011 will be an interesting year.

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