In these days of Popstar Mania, when aspiring young superstars break out the tube tops, platforms, and tight pants trying to get themselves declared the next big thing, the focus is getting further away from the music. But don’t worry, the reformers are on their way, and "making it big" is the last thing on their minds.
Music has a way of changing itself when current trends get boring. In the early 90’s, bands reacted to the endless hair bands of the 80’s and grunge was born in Seattle. Now Britney, N*Sync, Backstreet and Pro Tools rule, and Detroit comes to the rescue (DETROIT, you ask?) with a resurgence of Garage Rock. Playing straight, simple music that pulls no punches, these bands are getting back to basics. They make it about the music and they’re doing it their way.
If all this sounds a bit obscure, well-it is, and deliberately so. Detroit’s Garage Rock bands play by their own rules, foregoing overweening publicity stunts, or clawing for attention, fame and money- to make it their own way- by recording for independent labels and touring heavily to promote their music.
What is Garage Rock, you ask? \ga`rage rok\ n. Inspired and motivated by the arrival of the Beatles and the British invasion in early 1964, teens across America (and around the world) aspiring to rock, ran out and bought cheap guitars and amps, and headed straight to their parents garage and played with little or no formal training.