Sometimes you hear a buzz and you’d be better off putting your ear to a hive than following the crowd. At others you’ve got to join the throng, play along and see what comes of it.
I wasn’t overly impressed by The Strypes, I get it that they’re great looking and they’re young and they play like they should’ve been around in the late sixties but sometimes it feels too forced, almost like it was someone else’s idea.
Of course I’m cynical, I’ve seen it all before, the ‘kids’ don’t care so much. To some of them it probably even sounds new. In that instance it is new – to them. In the same sense the industry wants so badly to create that ‘new’ (usually from the ashes of something familiar) that they’ll often trip over themselves trying to get there. There’s a lineage in all music, occasionally the industry mines the right seam and a trend develops.