What's With All The Garage Rock?

Burnt Ones

The garage rock revivalists Burnt Ones are one of the groups featured on this week's All Songs Considered. Rumi Sakuraeda hide caption

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Around this time last year, when we were putting together our list of important recordings from the previous decade in music, we looked for recurring themes or sounds that tied them all together.  Among other things, it was a decade of hip-hop and the mainstreaming of hip-hop.  In another ten years, when we look back at the period we're in now, I think we'll call it the decade of garage rock.

On the current edition of All Songs Considered, Bob and I share some of the new bands we've been listening to, and can't help but notice how much popular music from the '50s and early to mid '60s is influencing today's young artists.  You hear it in the simple but infectious rhythms, the messy, noisy guitars, and the free spirit of the lyrics and melodies.

The question is: Why now?  Is it just cyclical?  One theory Bob and I discuss is that artists are tired of making quiet, introspective music by themselves.  After years of lo-fi home recordings, musicians now just want to have fun and play simple, easy music together that's loud and cathartic.

What do you think?

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