Rock-N-Roll is a type of music. It has been played by some amazing Rock Stars such as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Who, etc. But what a lot people do not realize is that Rock-N-Roll is not just a music genre, it is also a life style. I have provided an infographic to show some tips to being Rock-N-Roll. These are of course not actual “rules” to being Rock-N-Roll but more of to show you the spirit that this lifestyle entails.
Recently I saw the band The Maine on their Lovely, Little, Lonely Tour. I of course enjoyed the music as well as the band’s performance. But what really impressed me was how The Maine runs their band as a business. They do everything completely independent. This means they produce everything from their merchandise, to their tour dates, to even their records themselves. They are completely independent of any outside influence on their band.
This is based off of an old punk rock saying. “No one is going to do it for you. Do it yourself.” This is where the term D.I.Y. comes from. This is how I believe Rock-N-Roll bands can be successful independent of any outside influence other than the close network of the band itself.
Why do I think this is important to write about? Well nowadays music in general, not just Rock-N-Roll, is very much influenced by outside forces. Whether that is labels, producers, or managers, etc., the artist is now put restrictions on and they cannot be completely honest. They are hindered and cannot be fully creative and honest to themselves.
With this being said do artist need to be signed to a record label to be successful? With using The Maine as an example then not at all. The Maine has been independent since 2012 and they have gone on to release three albums on their own. Forever Halloween in 2013, American Candy in 2015, and Lovely Little Lonely in 2017. All of three of these records have been praised by their fans and by their critics as their best albums they have ever released. Here’s one of their latest single, ‘Bad Behavior’.
I think Rock-N-Rock bands should look to The Maine as an example of how to run your band as a business. You can be successful and make a living completely independent of a record label. All you have to do is make honest music and actually care about the people who listen to your music.
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The 1975 are a band from Manchester England. They have found so much success in the mainstream media with their records, their self-titled debut and their sophomore record “I Like it When You Sleep For You Are so Beautiful Yet so Unaware of it”. The question I shall be asking today is whether or not The 1975 are a Rock-N-Roll band.
Let’s take a look at their lyrical content. The subject matters that lead lyricists Matty Healy loves to tackle are that of sex, drugs, girls, flawed relationships, suicide, and frustration with self. These are all things that many great Rock-N-Roll bands of old coined within their lyricism. Look at The Beatles, they wrote about every single one of those subjects in one or more songs and they are considered the greatest Rock-N-Roll band that ever existed.
Most importantly though for their lyrics are that they are challenging, they make you think. They make you want to dissect them and figure out what they mean and thus making you want to listen to their tracks even more. This is a sign of not only a great Rock band but also a great musical act in general.
What I shall be discussing now is the dividing point for a lot of people on whether or not The 1975 are a Rock-N-Roll band.This is their sound. No one here can pretend that The 1975 are the heaviest band out there. Their sonic sound is very much derived from Pop and some R&B influence. They even utilize electronics and synthesizers within their music, which many people use as the defining argument for them not being a Rock-N-Roll band. But I say this is not the end of the argument.
Yes they do use things like electronic drums and synthesizers but at the end of the day they are four guys playing guitar driven music. GUITAR DRIVEN MUSIC. Sonically this is the key to being a Rock-N-Roll band. If you have a drummer, a bassist, a guitarist, and a singer, then you have the classic mold of a Rock band.
So in conclusion, I say that even though The 1975 have many Pop elements and uses electronics in their music they are still a Rock-N-Roll band. They make upbeat guitar driven music laced with challenging and real lyrics. If you disagree with me then go to spotify.com and give them a listen and decide for yourself. But most important enjoy the music.
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In my opinion, one of the last true Rock-N-Roll bands had to have been Oasis. They embodied the essence and the spirit of Rock-N-Roll. The music and the attitude were ever present in this group’s persona from the time they began in 1991 till the time they decided to part ways in 2009. Rock music is surely lacking without their presence, so let’s take a look at this amazing Rock-N-Roll band.
Oasis formed originally under the name The Rain with members including Paul ”Guigsy” McGuigan on bass, Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs on guitar, Tony McCarroll on drums, and Chris Hutton on vocals. Hutton was eventually replaced by Liam Gallagher and suggested the band’s name should be renamed to “Oasis”. Oasis played their first live gig on August 18, 1991 at the Boardwalk Club in Manchester. There in attendance was Liam’s older brother Noel Gallagher. After the show, Noel offered to join Oasis only if he’d become the sole songwriter of the group. The others approved and thus the Oasis that majority of us know and love was born.
With Noel now being lead songwriter the band received a big break when Creation Records co-owner Alan McGee discovered them at a gig in May 1993. McGee was impressed with the band so much he offered them a recording contract. Oasis went into the studio and recorded their debut record “Definitely Maybe”. The record was released on August 29, 1994, entering the charts at number one within a week of its release. This made “Definitely Maybe”, at the time, the fastest selling debut record in the UK.
In 1995, Oasis released their sophomore record “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?”. “(What’s the Story)” received commercial success, selling over four million copies thus becoming the fourth best-selling album in UK ChartHistory. This record gave us amazing tracks including “Some Might Say”, “Don’t Look Back in Anger”, “Champagne Supernova”, and of course, “Wonderwall”. Oasis would continue to release music throughout the years until 2009 where they inevitably broke up. This was mainly because of the professional and personal conflicts that would happen between both Liam and Noel Gallagher.
A huge reason why Oasis was successful and cemented their place in Rock History was because they made amazing tunes, but another reason, which is often criticized as a negative, was the fact that were so controversial. The members of Oasis were often described as everyday “lads” in a band. They were loud, they were not afraid to say their opinion on music, politics, etc., they were known partiers, and they would constantly say they were the greatest rock band that ever existed. This is almost genius in an unintentional way. Because they would get in a drunken fight, or punch a photographer, or say that everyone in the British Parliament does drugs, or have a member quit the band during a tour, the media wanted to cover it. With the major news outlets covering these shenanigans all this is doing is getting more eyes on the product of Oasis. People who watch these stories would be exposed to Oasis and their music, which could ultimately win the audience over and make them become fans.
Whatever your opinion on their music is, you cannot deny the impact and the influence Oasis has had on Rock-N-Roll. With their relatable rock tunes and their media grabbing actions, Oasis has to go down as one of the last great true Rock-N-Roll bands as of late. They of course aren’t the only ones and I shall be discussing. There are many more acts to speak about in the coming weeks. But for right now you should head over to spotify.com and put it on the Oasis channel and fly away.
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