Counterfeit Jeans – Post Secondary
Genre: Shoegaze, Emo, Alternative Rock
The story of alternative rock is littered with people who got crushed by the world, or who let themselves be crushed. It’s a sorry sight, but one not as frequent as the stereotype media depictions might have you believed.
For many, loud guitar music proved to be the home they never had, the meeting place they never knew, and the schooling that they were never afforded. Some of these folks, inspired by the art being created around them, looked to pursue their goal of bettering themselves. This, however, is not an easy thing to achieve without proper guidance, without money, and without a bit of luck.
Counterfeit Jeans’ Post Secondary is a protest song about how the working classes get cheating out of the education that they ought to receive. Coming out of a country where about 40% are functionally innumerate and illiterate, I find myself wholeheartedly agreeing with the group whose emotional lyrics and hard-hitting guitars may finally help get a lot of people to listen.
The Menders – Live to See Today
Grunge: Hard Rock, Garage Rock, Alternative Rock
Before rock n’ roll had become an industry employing tens of thousands of people across the world, it was the music of the unemployable. It was music made by people on the search for cheap thrills, hopefully quickly and on the cheap. It was also music made for people like them, not music critics.
With less pressure and a clear goal in mind, the groups that excelled in creating this kind of grimy art form nearly always sounded energized, motivated, and looking for that special thrill of doing something wrong, just like a teen skipping class and smoking cigarettes behind the school.
You won’t get respected, professional musicians who play jazz or classical offering this kind of amusement. Frankly, it’s because they wouldn’t be able to do it. No, what you need is a group like The Menders, cartoonified devils singing the dark gospels under the accompaniment of loud, obnoxious guitars. This is music for those still chasing down some real excitement.