Indie rock is an umbrella term for a wide variety of musicians and styles united by counterculture of rock music. Initially, the term «indie» was used to describe independent music labels, but gradually the term began to be related to the music of those labels.
Birth: 1983 Bloom: 2004
In the 1980s the term «indie rock» was a synonym to alternative rock and used only for a geographical division: American artists were attributed to alternative rock, when British musicians to indie rock.
Nowadays, indie rock is light and elegant, without any distortion and aggression. Besides, the style is represented by artists who hardy can be attributed to rock like British Coldplay and Snow Patrol.
In the mid-1980s, the term «indie» began to be used to describe the music produced on post-punk labels rather than the labels themselves. The indie rock scene in the US was prefigured by the college rock that dominated college radio playlists, which included key bands like R.E.M. from the US and The Smiths from the UK.
These bands rejected the dominant synthpop of the early 1980s, and helped to inspire guitar-based jangle pop; other important bands in the genre included 10,000 Maniacs and the dB`s from the US, and The Housemartins and The La`s from the UK. In the United States, the term was particularly associated with the abrasive, distortion-heavy sounds of the Pixies, Hüsker Dü, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Dinosaur Jr., and The Replacements. The most abrasive and discordant outgrowth of punk was noise rock, which emphasized loud distorted electric guitars and powerful drums, and was pioneered by bands including Sonic Youth, Swans, Big Black, and Butthole Surfers.
Umbrellate style: Rock
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