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Bring down the scene-phobia!

2011.02.25 12:25



During the last decade, the popularity of the term emo, or scene has skyrocketed due to the widespread of the Internet culture. In today's music scene, such cultural influence can easily be found, inasmuch as there are many bands borrowing the theme.

The photo above is the so-called scene icon Ollie Sykes, a vocalist from the death/metalcore band Bring Me The Horizon. While many accuse him of being a scene, my angle somehow differs from those views; it seems to me that being a scene is as important as being committed to making a good music, at least in this particular subgenre of music.

For instance, people undermine BMTH for the fact that they try so hard to look scene that they compose/play songs not too well. To a certain degree, BMTH's popularity is largely based on their look and the clothing line that Ollie owns, rather than on their music. Nonetheless, look is as important as music, because bands are icons that throw shows on stage, not some faceless artist recording songs alone somewhere in the basement.

The bands entertain, convey emotions and even spread their messages, just as Christian metal bands out there do. In addition, they contribute to making a new stream of culture. Has it not been for bands, could scene and emo culture have grown this popular?

All in all, scene-phobia, as I put it, seems to be a culturally dangerous bias aimed at newly emerging, different types of culture. In my opinion, that is true as long as music is concerned. Of course, we should and are entitled to judge their music as a general populous. However, we should take into account that music is not the only factor in music, an irony.


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