"'Truth is strange," you know, "stranger than fiction' - besides being more to the point" - Edgar Allan Poe

February 11, 2008

"I hereby disown my unpopular child (loved least, it seems, by those whose careers it gave a massive boost, but that's another bunch of gripes altogether). Oh, I still think it's a good idea in theory--it's just the praxis that's left me cold these last eighteen months. Too much post-rock fails to supply what people get from trad rock (iconicity/iconoclasm, charisma/neurosis, big riffs, catharsis, meaning, something to look at on stage, tunes you can hum in the bath), without ever really rivaling what dance music offers either (kinaesthetic kicks, hedonic science, surrogate drug-sensations). The most adventurous post-rock types --your Techno-Animals, Thomas Koners/Porter Ricks's and Third Eye Foundations--have gone all the way into the studio-bound aesthetics of hip hop/techno/house/jungle, and abandoned the live-performance model altogether. The rest of the post-rock fraternity (and you can count the number of women involved on one hand) have remained stuck in a profitless intermediary zone, a sort of mildly dub-inflected math-rock. (And math-rock really is rock with all its good points removed -- prog rock with the grandeur stunted, punk without the visceral release)."
[Simon Reynolds, "Overrated Records/Artists/Phenomena of 1997."]