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Aug 02, 2017 at 11:01

Independent music, better known by its abbreviation ‘Indie’, can be called the round peg in a square hole that is the music industry. Indie music acts do not fall into a particular genre of music, and they are actively involved in the entire music affair, from writing and recording to publishing. Vitasta Singh picks out a few for you.

1)   The 1975

They were told their unconventional name and sound will never work, yet here they are celebrating the success of their second album – I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it- a title only this British group can pull off without making it sound flatulent. They don’t fit into a particular genre, nor do they seem to want to. Most of their songs are distinctively different, so much so, it can be difficult for many to imagine them living within the same album, nonetheless, this household of misfits belong together – so well- it becomes arduous to even begin to see them as scattered, lonesome pieces. Their loyal and zealous fan base is instrumental to their success. The connection between the band and their fans is that of complete candour and devotion. The 1975 is not afraid of being their true authentic self, making it crystal clear that they are here to stay despite what anyone has to say.

2)  Magic!

This peculiar and quirky Canadian assemblage had the dream debut with their reggae song ‘rude,’ a sleeper hit which put them on the music map in the blink of an eye. The band that aims to be the ‘modern-day Police’ was named ‘Magic!’, as the members always shared a great wavelength with each other. To them it felt like everything worked out like magic, they were able to create something worthwhile and spectacular without it feeling like an obligation to them. The frontman, Nasri, gave copious amount of artists some of their greatest hits of all times through his songwriting. The Magic! fandom is eager to see what kind of music they would write and create for their own selves. With hits like “No Way No”, “Let Your Hair Down”, “#SundayFunday”, they have demonstrated how unafraid they are of experimenting with their sound, sending everyone a message, loud and clear, Magic! is more than just a one hit wonder.

3)  5 Seconds Of Summer

The four teenagers that took the world by storm with the release of their first single “She Looks So Perfect”, do not remember the reason they named the band “5 Seconds of Summer” (5sos as it is commonly referred to by fans). They started by posting covers of popular songs on YouTube and garnered a resolute fan following, their four-man line up was complete when they were joined by drummer Ashton Irwin. They eventually went on to support One Direction on their worldwide Take Me Home Tour, a step that would turn them into a sought-after band overnight. The group is commonly referred to as a pop punk band, although this label is strongly rejected by them, as they believe they desire to play different types of music, instead of being caged within a single label. Their second studio album “Sounds Good Feels Good” was an instant hit. Stupendous things can be accepted from this youth powerhouse. 5sos is living proof that talent really has no age.

4)  Arctic Monkeys

The dream team who showed the entire world the vigour of true fans. They were one of the initial bands that became famous via the Internet. Discovered through MySpace, several fans shared their free music leading to them, accumulating a gigantic fan following, before even having signed with a record label. The four-man show settled on the name Arctic Monkey because guitarist Jamie Cook really wanted to be in a band with that name. Despite initial weak critic reviews, the band managed to massively thrive on the music front. Once again, showing the world, how fans could easily make or break a band. With five tremendously successful albums under their belt, Arctic Monkeys have gone on to become one of the biggest Indie groups in the world. Their unusual lyrics, inability to listen to their critics, and unapologetic originality forms the roots of this band. They make no apologies for staying true to their art, and never compromise on their content, forging a bond with fans that is borderline unbreakable.

 5)  Foster The People

Their front-man, Mark Foster, has this to say about his sound: “I’d write one song and it’d be a hip-hop song. I’d write another and it’d be heavily electronic. Another would be like a spiritual, and another would be classic piano song. I was constantly trying to pull those elements together. It took me six years to do it.” If this does not scream indie to you, then I do not know what will. The band’s biggest hit “Pumped Up Kids” has never been officially released, fans could download it for free from their website. It got the recognition it deserved through various blogs. “Fosterers” is what the fans call themselves. They never seem to let the band down, giving them more than enough room to vastly experiment with their sound and the kind of music they put out there. Fosterers may not be colossal in number, but fans like them are every indie acts dream.

Vitasta Singh

Student Reporter