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Fugazi is the only true indie band ever.

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It’s a somewhat tongue in cheek statement, but the whole piece is pretty interesting to me. What really defines indie? Most of them have pretty solid definitions.

The panelists’ initial responses to the question (“What Is Indie?”) were as follows: Wolf said that ‘Indie’ was something that was concerned with defining itself in the context of being something that’s “other.” Lowman’s definition of indie was simply “Against the mainstream.” Sue Busch agreed, elaborating that ‘Indie’ was about producing music, shows, and etc., without ties to any major label (offering a sincere chuckle at her own statement, considering the relationship between Sub Pop and Warner). Elise Nordling agreed in turn, and went just a bit more specific, offering that she thought of ‘Indie’ more specifically indicated the condition of “being on an independent label.”

I think all of these combined explain indie. It’s against the mainstream, it’s on an indie label, and whatever else they’re saying in the interview.

I never shut up about my personal opinion on indie (I refuse to acknowledge that indie has a set sound), so I am seriously compelled to agree with their definitions.

The interesting thing is about Fugazi. A lot of the bands of the ‘8os (and early ‘9os), especially the D.C. hardcore / punk / emo scene, were about self-preservation, do-it-yourself empowerment, and ultimate musical independence. No Wave coming from the North East and post-punk coming from different parts of the States and in Britain also enjoyed the concept of artistic freedom (which comes down to, “Screw The Man, we’re here to do our own thing!”).

So beloved readers, what do you think is the indie-est indie band evar?

I definitely think Fugazi is up there. Their independent spirit moved them away from selling merchandise, and Ian and Guy’s natural suspicion of corporations is definitely, you know, more indie than, oh I don’t know, Vampire Weekend.

As far as overdose songs go, Shut the Door is one of the better ones — especially this performance:

So give me your thoughts. Who are the indie-est bands around?


Written by M

June 10, 2008 at 4:05 am

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  1. Damn, you beat me on the VW joke.

    I definitely agree that Fugazi is a pretty solid indie band. I would say artists like MC Lars are pretty indie, releasing albums an EPs through the internet alone, often times for free. Black Flag, also. They were, as far as I know, one of the first bands to start their own label to release their music on. That’s as diy as you get, which is a pretty “indie” mentality.

    Jacob Z

    June 10, 2008 at 12:14 pm

  2. Oh, and Have a Nice Life.

    Jacob Z

    June 10, 2008 at 12:14 pm

  3. I think in a sense, Boris is pretty indie. They have a lot of freedom when it comes to music and definitely merchandise selling, or lack of. There new album(s) alone is a great example of such facts. The difference of Smile released in Japan, and the Smile released in US is totally different. The way they release music through 500 copy LP is a pretty cool move. Yea, it sucks hunting down a Boris LP in ebay that cost $300. I also like how there first album is a 40 min one long song. The way they record there music through very minimal editing, analog recordings, and live studio performance. How there not defined as just one sound.

    Yea, its as close to indie music as I would ever get haha 🙂


    June 10, 2008 at 6:30 pm

  4. Vince speaks truth.


    June 10, 2008 at 9:58 pm

  5. thanks TJ

    \m/ I’ll give the honorary horns to you 🙂


    June 10, 2008 at 11:34 pm

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