I was thinking about this the other day after a fruitless attempt to hear new music that one would consider hard rock/heavy alternative/metal/nu-metal (call it what you want- you know it when you hear it) on the various Boston FM “rock” stations. Even WAAF (which in the late 90s/early aughts almost exclusively played contemporary hard rock artists) was opting instead for a heavy rotation of Metallica, Aerosmith, Guns and Roses, AC-DC, Nirvana, et. al. It’s now a classic hard rock station, basically, with the occasional new release from Seether, Linkin Park, or The Deftones thrown in the mix. Nowadays it seems that the majority of new rock music you’ll hear on the radio is of the hipster-rock variety, and with the exception of My Morning Jacket, I can’t stomach hipster music. It’s just way too soft and non-threatening for my taste. I feel like they’re parodying rock-and-roll somehow, like when Lil' Wayne played the guitar (badly) at last year’s Grammys and everyone thought it was the coolest thing in the world. Call me a d-bag, but I need faster and harder guitar riffs, pounding drums, screaming testosterone-fueled vocals, and lyrics about sex, drugs, and destruction.
Anyway, so do you agree that it is probably time to write hard rock’s obituary? Who should we blame for killing it- shifting demographics, hipsters, Nickelback?