As part of our “Impact’s Music Essentials” series, Jake tells us about his top ten picks from the indie rock genre of the 2000s.
Indie rock is a very loosely defined genre, and it was very difficult to pick ten songs from the 2000s that I thought covered a wide enough range of sounds to do justice to that definition. However, I think this selection takes you across the entire spectrum of what qualifies as indie, from melancholy to cheerful, tender to fiery. Here are my ten best indie rock songs of the 2000s.
To run – Snow patrol
Snow Patrol was the first band I saw that didn’t play a more aggressive style of music, and I saw them with one of my best friends in the world, so they will always hold a very special place in my heart. . To run is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful songs ever written, both lyrically and musically. This is their 2005 album, “Final Straw” which is an amazing collection of songs and worth listening to a few times, but this song stands out from the crowd. The lyrics about the final meeting of two people separated by circumstance are full of sorrow, but also a small dose of hope, leaving a remarkably bittersweet song full of love and emotion.
Fire – Kasabian
Fire is a much more catchy song than the previous choice, and it’s a great song to get people moving. The lyrics can be interpreted in many ways, including drug addiction, an intense toxic relationship, or even religion, but none of these various interpretations make the slightest difference in the quality of the sound, with the first slinky verse, evolving into a high energy choir with a grand singalong that is easy to remember. This is a great indie rock hit and should definitely be on your playlist.
Dakota – Stereophony
While it could be argued that this song fits a bit better into alternative rock than indie rock, I thought the impact it had upon its release, as well as the fact that it shares many the same characteristics as most indie rock should allow me to include it anyway. The song is a tender reflection of the singer on her first teenage relationship, and is a great description of the wave of feelings you feel throughout your first relationship, from start to finish, including the passion, upheaval and the overwhelming. nostalgia. souvenirs. Guitar and synths complete the lyrics with a calm, clean sound that adds to the atmosphere and brings out the best in this song.
Take me out – Franz Ferdinand
I can’t say anything about this song without first addressing the simple fact that it’s one of the most iconic intros of the 2000s, and it’s absolutely awesome. The song loosely uses the band title and song title as a metaphor for the tension between two people, referring to the “Take Me Out” metaphor as either being to kill someone, like the titular Franz Ferdinand, or to kill someone. ‘take someone on a date, and use many shooting metaphors throughout, including’ just a shot ‘and’ a crosshair ‘, referring to how he is a target for her, and she only has to fire her shot to get it. Ultimately, however, this song is much less about the lyrical content and more about the absolute groove it embodies, and the feeling of fun that the whole song is full of.
Chelsea Dagger – The Fratelli
Chelsea Dagger, a little like Take me out, is a song that should be recognized first as just a massive melody. The song is named after the stage name of frontman Jon Fratelli’s wife, who was a burlesque dancer in Glasgow. The song itself was never really deciphered, and frankly could be a mess of lyrics with no serious meaning, but with the contagious nature of a song like this, it’s not particularly important, as the ability to make a crowd scream in the chorus, composed entirely of a song that says “faire-faire-faire-faire-faire-faire”, is phenomenally impressive, and especially since it always operates its magic whenever it is played to this day. Ironically, Jon Fratelli doesn’t have a huge connection to the song, despite its huge success, but he does appreciate the money it made for the whole group!
I hate to say I told you – Hives
This song embodies a little more the punk influence that a part of the indie scene has taken, so it is more away from the side of the Arctic Monkeys than groups such as Snow Patrol. I love the guitar tone on this song, as well as the slightly rough vocals, which has a lot of raw moments where the singer doesn’t quite hit his note, and on a song about doing what you want. and ignoring the “stiff and boring” adds a layer of credibility, as if the singer is personally addressing the listener for being one of the people they are ignoring.
Apply some pressure – Maximo Park
This is another song about a breakup, but while Dakota remembered, Apply some pressure is a lot more about the singer’s feelings towards his ex now, and how he’s struggling to move on, even though she’s hurt him. There’s a really catchy guitar riff underpinning the main verse, but the best part of this song for me without a doubt is the section where the singer repeats “What happens when you lose everything, you start over, “like for some reason this part is scratching an itch that I never realize I have until the song starts.
There is no rest for the wicked – Elephant cage
This song embodies the funkiest side of indie, with an ear chorus and a simple but truly deceptive guitar line. The song is about how people who take the wrong path can never stop, whether it’s because it’s better than going back to a normal life, or because they would just be under too much pressure and that circumstances would change too much. The chorus is sung from the point of view of two different antagonists, one per chorus, with the final chorus from the point of view of the protagonist, and the lyrics are almost identical. Each verse details a different type of fuel, from lust to religion, and contains the end result that money is the root of all evil, and no matter what, wickedness will always exist in a capitalist society where l money is our ultimate goal.
Moving to New York – The Wombats
This song was originally written by frontman Matthew Murphy after seeing his then-girlfriend kissing someone else in a bar, and he felt like he wanted to move to New York City for s ‘move away from everything. It’s a lively song, with a fairly simple four-chord playing on the guitar, but a fairly complex drum rhythm for an independent song, and a very active bassline, and even a few backing vocals for the choir, who come together. in a brilliant melting pot of joy. The whole song, unlike the lyrics, is extremely bubbly and genuinely joyful, filled to the brim with excitement for the future, and is an absolute must-have for an evening of indie singing. Although this is one of their oldest tracks, check out Impact’s interview with band drummer Dan Haggis about their upcoming album “Fix Yourself, Not The World” here.
When Sun sets – Arctic Monkeys
Who better to finish than the undisputed kings of the British indie rock scene, the Arctic Monkeys. Their debut was a phenomenal performance, perfectly blending garage rock, punk, indie and alternative rock, and while there are three or four tracks I could have chosen, this song seems to be the one. best option among them. The intro sounds suitably indie, until the lead guitar hits, the drums kick in, the bass kicks in, and then you have a spit-speckled indie punk track. When Sun sets is a song about the darker side of their hometown of Sheffield, and references prostitution, pimps, drug use, STIs and more, mirroring the gritty belly of the place they call their home. This song is without a doubt one of their rawest songs and perhaps their darkest track, but it is undisputed as an anthem for disheveled students in the UK and should be essential listening for anyone.
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Videos in the article courtesy of Snow patrol, Kasabienne, Official Stereophonics, Domino Recording Co., The Fratelli, the Beehive, Maximo Park, Cage the elephant, Roadrunner Records and Official Arctic Monkeys via youtube.com. No changes made to these videos.
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