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Indie Rock!

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Grace Dobbie

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Indie Rock originated in the UK and US in the 1980's.
It's a sub-genre of alternative rock that became more popular in the 2000's.
"Indie" comes from the word "independent", and indie rock describes music that isn't "mainstream", or popular.

Indie Rock also has many sub-genres like indie pop, indie folk, indietronica, and many more.
What is Indie Rock?
Instruments that are commonly used in Indie Rock in the past and and present, are guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, synthesizers, and violins.
Indie Rock

Grace D.
The genre Indie Rock was created in the 1980's, and has been changing ever since. In this presentation, I am going to be comparing Indie Rock from the past to the present!
The Smiths
The Mowglis
Indie Rock
When indie rock was created in the 1980's, it wasn't very popular. Now, it has a much wider audience. More bands are becoming successful than in the past. Indie Rock has changed a lot, however, many things have stayed the same. Next, some of the similarities and differences from the past to the present are going to be compared.

The Mowgli's are from California, and they formed in 2010. The band has eight members, Dave Appelbaum -–keyboards and vocals, Colin Louis Dieden - vocals, guitar, percussion, Katie Jayne Earl -–vocals and percussion, Josh Hogan - guitar and vocals, Matthew Di Panni- bass guitar and vocals, Spencer Trent - percussion, guitar, melodica, and vocals, Michael Vincze -–guitar and vocals, and Andy Warren - drums, percussion, and vocals. The Mowgli's started their band so they could make the world a better place by spreading a message of love and joy through their music.
the mowgli's compared to r.e.m.
song meaning:

The song meanings are similar, they are both about love and caring for everyone.
I think that "Shiny Happy People" is more about someone who wants to be accepted by all the happy people, and "San Fransisco" is about the whole world being filled with love, and everyone being happy.
The mood of "Shiny Happy People" is more sad in the beginning, but it gets happier as the song
progresses. The mood is a little bit mysterious at some parts, but it is clear in others whether it is happy or sad. In "San Fransisco" the mood is much clearer. It is very upbeat, fast, and happy.
Both songs use similar instruments. In "San Fransisco", there is acoustic guitar, drums,
trumpet, and vocals. The instruments in "Shiny Happy People" are violin, cello, drums, guitar, and vocals. The instruments are used in very different ways though. In "Happy Shiny People", they are used in a way that sounds more calm, and the instruments and vocals are a little bit slower. In "San Fransisco" the instruments and vocals are all very fast, excited, loud, and they sound happy.
The lyrics in "Shiny Happy People" are very repetitive to get the point across. I think it's easier
to understand the meaning by listening to the mood and instruments. The lyrics in "San Fransisco" are very loud and exciting. They match the instruments and sound very well. Both songs have very happy lyrics.
Imagine Dragons
compared to
the smiths



Imagine Dragons formed in 2008, and they are from Las Vegas, Nevada. The members are, Dan Reynolds (singer), Wayne Sermon (guitarist), Ben McKee (bass player), and Daniel Platzman (drummer). Their album "Night Visions" was number 2 on the weekly Billboard 200 chart. They went on a world tour, and their album has sold 1.5 million copies in the U.S.
The Smiths are an indie rock band from Manchester in 1982. They are considered one of the most important/influential alternative rock bands from the 80's. The members are vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke, and drummer Mike Joyce. The band released four studio albums, and broke up in 1987.
Song Meaning:
I think that "It's Time" is about pretending that you're someone you're
not, and just following what everyone else does. The song is about finally realizing you have to be your own person, and accept yourself, no matter what anyone else thinks. I think "Accept Yourself" means that you need to stop being self-conscious and worrying about others, and trying to do things you can't to try to impress everyone. You need to accept yourself, and do what you want to do.
The mood in "It's Time is very powerful, and it makes you feel the song's mood,
which is intense and inspiring. In "Accept Yourself", the mood is sad because they are
trying to accept themselves but they haven't yet.
The instruments in "It's Time" are drums, ukelele, guitar, keyboard, and
vocals. In "Accept Yourself", the instruments are guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. "It's Time" has more instruments, "Accept Yourself" just uses basic instruments, but they both have the same effect.
I think that the lyrics in both songs are very meaningful, and they both sound
good with the mood, instruments, and they make the song meaning clear. Both songs have
great flow, and the lyrics sound very interesting
In "It's Time" it starts out with a simple beat and then it gets louder and
more instruments come in. After that, it goes back to another verse, and goes back to the chorus. Then, it gets slower and the mood gets more serious, but it goes back to how it was before, but with more people singing. In "Accept Yourself" it stays the same throughout most of the song, just changing between verses, the chorus, and the bridge.
"San Fransisco" starts out with the intro as just a guitar, and more instruments coming in
gradually. It stays the same most of the song, not getting any louder, more quiet, slower, or faster. At the very end it stops and the sound slowly fades out. In "Shiny Happy People" it starts off slow and soft, but then it gets faster and more upbeat. It gets very slow after a while and it is just instrumental, but then it changes back to how it was before. Like "San Fransisco", the song fades out at the end. Both songs also have parts where there are no vocals, just instruments.
THe violent femmes
compared to
Phantom planet

Phantom Planet formed in 1994 in Southern California. The members are vocalist Alex Greenwald, lead guitarist Darren Robinson, bass guitarist Sam Farrar, and drummer Jeff Conrad. In 2008, the band said they were going on indefinite hiatus, and began pursuing solo careers. In 2011, they announced that the band would be reuniting in 2012. Since then, the band has been playing many shows, and hinting at a Phantom Planet tour.
The Violent
The Violent Femmes are an indie rock band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The band consists of singer, guitarist, and songwriter Gordan Gano, bass guitarist Brian Ritchie, and drummer Brian Viglione. They've made eight studio albums and fifteen singles in their career. They became one of the most successful alternative rock bands of the 1980's.
Phantom planet compared to the violent femmes
I think that "Always on My Mind" is about someone who really likes someone else, and
can't stop thinking about them, but the other person doesn't notice them. "Please Do Not Go" is about wanting someone to notice you and like you back, but that person wants to be with somebody else. The meanings of the two songs are very similar.
The mood of both songs are sad and loving. The mood of "Please Do Not Go" is more hopeful than "Always
on My Mind. The moods of both songs are almost exactly the same because they have the same meaning and similar sounds.
The instruments in "Always on my Mind" are guitar, bass guitar, drums, and vocals. The
instruments in "Please Do Not Go" are guitar, bass guitar, drums, and vocals. "Please Do Not Go" has more guitar
solos and instrumental parts.
imagine dragons compared to the smiths
The lyrics in "Please Do Not Go" are easier to hear and understand and are more repetitive than in
"San Fransisco" was released in 2012 as a single, and it is also on the album "Love's
Not Dead". The song was an iTunes single of the week, and reached number eleven on the Alternative Music Chart. It also charted number three on the AAA charts. "Shiny Happy People" was released in 1991 on the album "Out of Time", and was also released as a single. It was number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and number six on the UK singles chart.
Song Length:
The length of "San Fransisco" is 4:03, much longer than "Shiny Happy People" which is 3:45.
"It's Time", released in 2012, reached number fifteen on the Billboard
Hot 100 chart, number three on the Rock Songs chart, and it holds the longest run on the Billboard Alternative Top Ten with thirty-two weeks. "Accept Yourself" was released in 1984 on the album "Hatful of Hollow".
song length:
"It's Time" is 4:00 mins, almost the exact same lenghth as "Accept Yourself
which is 4:01 mins.
"Always On My Mind" where there are more words in the lyrics.
In "Always On My Mind" it starts off with the instruments and then the lyrics come in. When the
chorus starts, the song becomes more upbeat and faster. It continues to change between verses and choruses, and then the singing stops, and it's just instrumental. At the end it gets slow and sad finishes. In "Please Do Not Go" it starts out with just guitar, then more instruments and singing start. The song is slower than "Always On My Mind" The speed, volume, and mood stay the same throughout the song. At the end it fades out whlie saying "please please please do not go".
"Always On My Mind" was written by Alex Greenwald on the album "The Guest". It wasn't
the most popular song on the album, and it didn't place on any song charts. "Please Do Not Go" charted number 191 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in 1991, and number 34 on the ARIA charts in 1986.
Song length:
The length of "Always On My Mind" is 3:27 , and "Please Do Not Go" is longer with a length of
Song: Always On My Mind
Song: Please Do Not Go
Song: Accept Yourself
Song: It's Time
Song: Shiny Happy People
R.E.M. is an American Indie Rock band that formed in 1980 in Athens, Georgia. The lead vocalist is Michael Stipe, the bass player is Mike Mills, guitar player Peter Buck, and drummer Bill Berry. This 3:47 minute song, "Shiny Happy People" was released in 1991. R.E.M. was one of the first popular indie bands, and in the 1990's they became widely known, and very popular.
Song: San Fransisco
Indie Rock
Overall, Indie Rock in the present, is more upbeat, faster, and louder than the past. Most of the songs in the past are longer than the songs now, and the singers voices don't have any editing or auto-tuning to make them sound better, but now they do. The instruments are mostly the same, except they are more modern now. The driving force behind the music has stayed the same since the beginning; the music is made because the people love music, not because they want money or fame. These are some examples of how the genre indie rock has changed form past to present.
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