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    Why do all new bands sound the same?
    Its always one guy/girl lazily moaning into the mike with a couple of guitars making alot of noise and somewhere in the lingering mist behind them lurks a drummer trying to smack the living daylights out of his hidden demons..or his drums of course.
    Patience is the ability to put up with someone you'd like to put down.

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    On the whole most new bands recieving radio play and heavy promotion do, but this is as a result of the approach the majors take ( and always take ) in terms of signing and promoting "identi kit" bands / music. However, as a general statement, they dont all sound the same, there is a lot of exciting music out there which is being ignored by the major biz players. In point of fact there is a very energetic and active "underground scene" around, try and tap in there and you will very pleasantly surprised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mostlyharmless View Post
    Why do all new bands sound the same?
    Its always one guy/girl lazily moaning into the mike with a couple of guitars making alot of noise and somewhere in the lingering mist behind them lurks a drummer trying to smack the living daylights out of his hidden demons..or his drums of course.
    Believe it or not, most bands tend to consist of:
    a) A guy or girl singer. having animals, plants, inanimate objects tend not to be as effective as singers
    b) one or even two guitarists and a bassist
    c) somebody on the pots and pans.

    new bands usually sound the same as each other if you are thinking along the mainstream rock genre. this is because the powers above try tapping into what 'kids are listening to nowadays' and they want their money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob murray View Post
    On the whole most new bands recieving radio play and heavy promotion do, but this is as a result of the approach the majors take ( and always take ) in terms of signing and promoting "identi kit" bands / music. However, as a general statement, they dont all sound the same, there is a lot of exciting music out there which is being ignored by the major biz players. In point of fact there is a very energetic and active "underground scene" around, try and tap in there and you will very pleasantly surprised.
    I totally agree. I personally dont like the majority of the new indie type bands floating about although there can be a few good ones with catchy tunes that soon get on my nerves. Well, basically i dont like anyone who wears skinny tight jeans, a leather jacket and curly hair topped off with a trilby hat! Either that I'm sceptical about any bands starting with 'The' which im sure the_big_Mac agrees on.

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    its like why do we wear converse shoes moncur?

    its a trend
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    Quote Originally Posted by moncur View Post
    a) A guy or girl singer. having animals, plants, inanimate objects tend not to be as effective as singers
    I think Plastic Food break this rule, our singer has been described as an animal, plant, and inanimate object. All during the same gig. Sometimes during the same song

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    Hmm your right although I'm sure 'the art of noise' had some inanimate objects
    leading the way and some were vastly superior to the sounds coming from some singer's tonsils.

    Anyway do bands start up to make money or create whatever sound there mind and experience have given them?

    What comes first there own originality, there desire to sound like someone else or the thought of money?
    Patience is the ability to put up with someone you'd like to put down.

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    The music industry is run by the breweries. The reason everything sounds so formulaic is not a coincidence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moncur View Post
    I totally agree. I personally dont like the majority of the new indie type bands floating about although there can be a few good ones with catchy tunes that soon get on my nerves. Well, basically i dont like anyone who wears skinny tight jeans, a leather jacket and curly hair topped off with a trilby hat! Either that I'm sceptical about any bands starting with 'The' which im sure the_big_Mac agrees on.
    Ah... You're describing "Indie Wimp" kids... damn those indie wimp kids. I'm not keen on the whole skinny jeans, leather jacket etc carry on. Nor am I keen on the skinny kids, in skinny jeans, playing thin sounding guitars and singing crap "wo-oh" pop. I now like to refer to this genre(and the people who follow the trend) as Indie Wimp(s).

    Yep... I sure hate Indie Wimp...

    Indie Rock however... it's different...

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    Quote Originally Posted by zebedy View Post
    its like why do we wear converse shoes moncur?
    I find the main reason that I buy them is because they are the cheapest size 15 trainers in the High & Mighty shop in edinburgh. 35 for a pair of cons or 110 for a pair of Nike air max hmmmm tough choice

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    If you want to hear a really refreshing new band that are trying to be different and are actually really really good, go buy the album by "Spoon" called "Ga ga ga ga" Its great!!

    There are a lot of really good bands out there who are trying to be different, most are on smaller labels and you have to dig for them but they are there.

    I agree kinda with the intial post, and with the replies. Its unfortunate. I can remember when Nirvana first came out, all the record companies were running around looking for the next Nirvana which in the end made all the stuff people were selling sound the same, it happens all the time, happened when Oasis came out, all R&B Rap artists songs sound the same, it just goes on and on, controlled by muppets.

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    Look at all the bands around now... just now Indie Wimp is cool. Next... I dunno what it'll be, but you get the point.

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    I liked Liam Gallaghers quote regarding Bloc Party that they were "a band off University Challenge".

    Saying that they have a unique sound but it don`t float my boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mostlyharmless View Post
    Why do all new bands sound the same?
    Its always one guy/girl lazily moaning into the mike with a couple of guitars making alot of noise and somewhere in the lingering mist behind them lurks a drummer trying to smack the living daylights out of his hidden demons..or his drums of course.
    All new bands do not sound the same, its just silly to say so.

    However if all you listen to is popular, mainstream radio and tv, then you will hear two or three songs that sound very similar in each popular genre.

    What the other posts say is true in that mainstream is just a fad, every so often it moves on another direction and hence the unknowns of that particular genre will spring up and the others fade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mostlyharmless View Post
    Why do all new bands sound the same?
    Its always one guy/girl lazily moaning into the mike with a couple of guitars making alot of noise and somewhere in the lingering mist behind them lurks a drummer trying to smack the living daylights out of his hidden demons..or his drums of course.
    Is it 'cos we are getting old mostly'?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigKev View Post
    All new bands do not sound the same, its just silly to say so.

    However if all you listen to is popular, mainstream radio and tv, then you will hear two or three songs that sound very similar in each popular genre.

    What the other posts say is true in that mainstream is just a fad, every so often it moves on another direction and hence the unknowns of that particular genre will spring up and the others fade.
    Trust me, everyone gets their music mastered at the same place The Neptunes do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob murray View Post
    ...all poodle perms, stacked heals and sub van halen riffing and twidling and this dominated for at least 10 years.
    Nonsense. The Glam Metal era lasted for about 4 years. It didn't really take off until Bon Jovi went massive, and that was 1986 if I remember correctly. Poodle Rock (as you call it) was pretty much dead by 1990.

    And another thing - Glam Metal never 'dominated' anything, except the front pages of Kerrang.

    Quote Originally Posted by rob murray View Post
    but I seem to see the mainstream as it is consisting of loads of skinny white kids, with skinny tight jeans and trilbys playing skinny sounding guitars
    Aye, shoe-gazing students with their scratched-up telecasters, singing about how the whole world sucks.

    But, as long as people are spoon-fed this rubbish, it'll continue to dominate modern music, because the average music-listener isn't interested in new, innovative, exciting stuff coming out, they're only interested in what NME or Radio 1 tell them is good.

    Sheep led by sheep, controlled by unscrupulous record company bosses who don't put the effort in to generate their massive profits.
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    Yes well said, absolute nonsense. We agree that basically the music business is a business and first priority is money, hence always the need to resist any change and maintain the status quo through encouraging clones, the public want the public get, not what they want, more easy to run businesses in this way dont break a winning formula. Nirvana's break through ended another period of time ( and there are many other instances of this happening ) where the biz milked the public through clones. Thats factual, my opinions on the dominant genre ( however you may split hairs in what can be factually identified as poodle rock ) are not factual, I am merely expressing my opinion, so would obviously disagree with you.

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    It's the music industry's control of BBC Radio playlists that annoys me the most. Who are they to dictate what should and should not be played on a national, non-commercial radio station?

    With the advent of home recording (on the common PC) and the huge rise in social networking sites like MySpace, combined with the easy setting-up of independent (in the true form) record labels, the big business conglomerate music labels are quaking in their boots just now. It's just so easy to write, record, publish and market your own music these days, without even going near a major label. - although that still would seem to be the main goal, if you look at major label's previous antics. (Anyone know if the got any return out of the 80 million pound deal with Robbie Williams? Now that was a good idea wasn't it - give him 80 million to halt his career immediately!)

    No wonder file-sharers are facing the backlash!
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    going back to the original post, if you think all new bands sound the same mostlyharmless you either looking in the wrong places or listenin to too much radio 1... as rob murray says the music world is a big place, have a look around.

    in response to the posts thereafter, in my opinion music is about the individual listener as well as the era. you can have a song that to your ears is a timeless classic, whether that's because you relate it to a time in your life, a person or just plain and simply because you appreciate the song, but this might be pure audio diarrhoea to the person to your left. each to their own an' all that...

    and if the "skinny jean, tribly wearing, tele toting, topman" bands of the world are popular at the moment, its for a reason - whatever that may be. if that ain't your bag, i'm afraid you'll just have to weather the storm...
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