pissingonmyfeet asked: Excellent bit of writing sir. I wish I could write as well. In any case, you summed it all up, distilled all that needed to be said into just enough words to complete the thought. You managed to not ramble and muddled everything. That my friend takes talent, something few writers in the rock world have. I think your essay deserves a wider audience, so I'll be reposting soon. Charles
Thank you, you’re making me blush. I’m kinda embarrassed now to admit that I typed it all up while stoned as shit and listening to a Fathers And Sons Of Garage Punk comp turned up loud enough to irritate my girlfriend. But I do think we’ve got something like a new genre building steam. And Garage Rock is only a provisional label. It’s got roots in The Gories and Oblivians and The Mummies, sure, but the records I’m getting in the mail are sounding less and less like that every day, so a few years from now the current (and exciting) chaos may resolve itself into something totally unpredictable.
And I’m still amazed this Garage thing hasn’t broken wide open already. I live in a midwestern college town, and this one kid who works in the local record store, Adam, kept stocking records by Ty Segall until he realized I was just about the only person buying them. (Every time I find Adam in the store we shake our heads and marvel that their copy of Thee Oh Sees’ Carrion Crawler EP is still collecting dust up on the display shelf.) I’m really not sure how this is going to turn out. In many ways, classic 70’s Punk self-destructed after the Industry tried (and failed) to cash in, but this generation of Garage Rockers seem to have grown up listening to Hardcore and I doubt they EXPECT to make it big—this thing might spend YEARS percolating “underground” before some guy does what Kurt Cobain did for Grunge/Alternative/Punk-under-any-other-name. Or maybe that happened already, so far as the Industry is concerned. The same way my neighbors used to say “You mean like Blink 182?” or “Green Day?” whenever I mentioned Punk, with Garage Rock I’ve had a couple people ask me if I’m talking about Jack White. (Except I LIKE Jack White’s records, but you get the idea.) So, yeah: I’d love to see Ty Segall on the cover of Rolling Stone, but it ain’t gonna happen anytime soon. I just hope he doesn’t up and die like Jay Reatard—THAT dude might have gone ALL THE WAY.
Now I’m rambling and muddling everything just like you warned me not to. Peace, dude, & thanks for writing—
PS: What do YOU make of all this? Actually, I’m going to go ahead and publish this response, so let me ask: What do ALL OF YOU make of this? Here’s my Ask link. And here’s that essay, Outrunning The Hyenas: Thoughts On Garage Rock.