In a new interview with the NMEPixies’ Black Francois reflected on the current fortunes of rock music from his perspective as a musician who emerged long before the internet age of streaming services.
“In the age of the internet, rock music has been knocked off its pedestal. People just don’t need it as much, do they? Francis asked in the interview.
“Compared to how they did – at least when I was a kid – it’s not praised in the same way and it doesn’t have the same stature culturally, which is good – it’s show business It has to compete with other things.”
Good point, and of course the benefit is that listeners have access to many more artists and genres at the touch of a screen/dictation from an algorithm. Francis saw it with his own eyes in his own house.
“My kids are plugged into the matrix of their phones and listening to whatever they want: one minute they’re listening to K-pop and the next it’s Fat Waller. They are not tied to a single group or a single genre,” he notes.
“When you have a digital archive on your phone, it’s [like] “Great, down the rabbit hole we’re going!” But it’s only when you go off the net and find something in a record store that isn’t available online that it feels exclusive and magical.”
It’s a wise observation that will affect anyone who grew up before downloading. Is this thrill of the physical product and its discovery driving the continued resurgence of vinyl? Well, we can’t just assume it’s just older people buying it, and anyone who’s an avid visitor to the myriad of acts coming to Bandcamp will know that there are treasures to be found too. in the digital domain.
Paradise Lost guitarist Greg Mackintosh is a musician who grew up trading tapes in the ’80s metal scene, but now discovers his new music that way.
“I’m obsessed with Bandcamp and where it takes me,” he told us earlier this year. never thought of that before.”
So it’s not always an old versus new argument for rock music and its many subgenres. Like the record store, sometimes you just have to be willing to search.