Bobby Gillespie says there are hardly any real musicians out there anymore.
Gillespie, lead for the Scottish alternative band Primal Scream, is not happy with the state of rock music today.
In an interview with the Irish Times, Gillespie said that rock music has gotten far too corporate with little sense of adventure.
“I bumped into Paul Weller the other day and we went for a coffee and we were talking about this lack of ambition which seems prevalent in rock right now. You read interviews with bands and it’s all about being rich and famous and being the biggest band in the world.
“There doesn’t seem to be a lot of artists out there any more. It seems to me that if you were a serious young person and you had something to say that you’d be looking at other disciplines. In music, everything seems lightweight and conformist and not very artistic. Everybody seems to be settling for the status quo. It happened around the time of the White Stripes and The Strokes, and no disrespect meant to either band. It seemed that a lot of people had given up trying to be experimental. I don’t want to put down either band but the people who came after them had a real lack of content.
“Rock music is no longer where creativity is and it’s no longer taken seriously by creative people. It’s been absorbed into the mainstream culture and has become too conformist and normal. There doesn’t appear to be many great minds at work in music right now.”
The band recently toured, playing their 1991 album Screamadelica in its entirety. A new album is in the works and could be out in 2012.
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