Over the past few weeks Iíve spotted a few articles online stating guitar music is on the decline, and you know what? Itís a big fat fucking lie!
It annoys me that publications like The Guardian tend to assume that because guitar-based bands arenít selling tons of records, theyíre on the decline. Admittedly rock music and itís several thousands of sub-genres isnít setting the charts alight; especially the singles charts (but who buys singles these days anyway besides the general commercial radio listener.) Whilst the album charts is in a similar position, although this weekís Top 10 includes releases from Kasabian, The Vaccines, and Noel Gallagherís High Flying Birds, and Enter Shikari are current at number 1 in the midweek chart.
Although sales of guitar bands isnít brilliant, I think articles like the Guardianís and comments Kaiser Chiefsí Nick Hodgson tend to forget guitar bands are doing better in the live music market.
Like I said in a similar article on Alter The Press last year, the number of festivals is vast; although last year some suffered and were ultimately cancelled, but nevertheless the sheer range of festivals in the UK alone shows that guitar music is alive. Whilst a quick look at any venue or ticket websites shows there are a range of bands touring, often multiple times a year.
Away from the live music area, guitar bands are still receiving airplay on daytime radio; at present The Black Keys and Twin Atlantic are on BBC Radio Oneís daytime A-List, whilst Pulled Apart by Horses and Band of Skulls are on rotation.
So there you have it; guitar bands are still selling records, still touring, and still receiving airplay.
Is guitar music dead? No youíre just tied up in hyping the likes of Lana Del Rey and Ed Sheeran to take any notice.