The term Indie Rock has been widely used and widely heard these days. Everything that sounds different or sounds melancholic is often called Indie Rock. It has even reached a point where the concept is being, in some way, banalized since it is being used without any filter and without any conscious use.
But where does Indie Rock rock come from? or what is Indie Rock and where is it going?
These questions may seem plain and simple, however, the concept mentioned contains a lot of definitions that not only makes its explanation difficult but also complicates its follow-up.
In spite of everything, yes, an attempt can be made to analyze everything that is denominated as Indie Rock. Although, of course, we must go back to the beginning of this movement to be able to clarify some points and finally understand what this is all about.
In the 80s, after the wild and merciless shake of the punk movement, a new way of encompassing and making music very different from the whole punk essence emerged. It was the New Wave, a current that focused more on visual aesthetics, the intellectual concept of music and also began to experiment with technologies such as synthesizers.
The New Wave, also known as Post Punk, was a movement as sincere as his father, the Punk, however, the sound of the music went in a more retrospective and analytical direction. With the New Wave and its quiet and melancholic sound, the foundations were laid for what would later be called Alternative Rock and finally, Indie Rock.
Ever since those years, a curiosity for making independent music and that was not ruled by big companies, or marketing had awakened in the Anglo-Saxon towns and in some Latin American countries like Argentina and Mexico.
In that manner, many small labels began to help emerging artists who made music much less commercial and much more spiritual. Thus, arose a whole culture based on self-management and that way Indie Rock appears that was nothing more than a branch of alternative rock.
However, these groups, such as Sonic Youth and The Smiths, which began to be independent, became known and ceased to be independent. However, they continued to be called Indie bands for their sound, aesthetics and the proposal of their performances.
From Music to a Way of Living
This explains how Indie began as a way of making music and then, over time, it became an artistic current. Despite all of that, even the differences between New Wave, Alternative Rock, and Indie Rock, this continues to cause controversy.
But in summary, speaking of genres, we can say that first came the New Wave (also known as post Punk), then came Alternative Rock and finally, as a result of all that evolution, came the Indie Rock. On the other hand, some consider that the true Indie Rock movement emerged from 2000 with the Internet and social networks.