Indie Music Blog

by Jake Sherris

What is indie?

Indie, short for independent, is music produced without a major record label, with a "do it yourself" approach for recording and publishing. Indie comes in many genres, be it pop, rock or even country
Modest Mouse - Ocean Breathes Salty
Muse - Uprising
Atoms For Peace - Before Your Very Eyes
The Shins - Simple Song
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot | April 23, 2002 (Full Album)
As you can see, these indie bands vary from rock, to electronic to even more "poppy" sounding songs heard on the radio. Indie covers a variety of genders
(2006/10/21) BBC 2, The Culture Show, Thom
Interpol Full Interview - Splendour In The Grass 2014
While the origins of indie are hard to trace, the sub-genre indie rock began during the 1980s in the UK. The term was originally used to describe record labels, the term became associated with the music they produced and used interchangeably with another genre known as alternative rock. As grunge and punk revival became well known in the 1990s, it came to be used to identity the acts that retained an outsider and "underground perspective. However, with inventions such as the internet and websites such as Itunes, indie rock has become ironically more well known.

Lyrics from some indie bands

In the place before you're born they give you all these options

like if you've got wings, do you have feelings or do you breathe underwater

he chose lifting ten times his weight and natural body armor

on the day his mother gave he came out as an insect.

-White Lies Yellow Teeth - Modest Mouse

Something for the ragged bone man

Over my dead body

Something big is gonna happen

Over my dead body

Go to sleep - Radiohead

I want to glide through those brown eyes dreaming

Take it from the inside, baby hold on tight

You were so right when you said I've been drinking

What was I thinking when I said good night

I am Trying to Break your Heart - Wilco

The lyrics from indie music, or at least indie rock, are usually filled with symbolism or deal with unique themes as opposed to the stereotypical love songs heard on the radio.