Alabama Shakes – Alabama Shakes EP
Flavorwire published a piece on The 10 Things That Are Killing Indie Music in 2011 today and I have to say I think it was a pretty shitty article from a site I look forward to visiting every day. Not only did they jump on the ‘Lana Del Ray hater‘ bandwagon without so much as mentioning her music, they also listed ‘revivalism‘ as one of the contributing factors. I call bullshit. Revivalism, when done right, can be a great thing. Take Alabama Shakes (formally just The Shakes) for instance. Sure, they are mining 60’s and 70’s soul classics for inspiration and sure, it’s going to be hard to talk about Brittany Howard without referencing Aretha Franklin and fellow-revivalist Sharon Jones, but does that make this any less important? Let’s be honest, ‘indie music‘ is a dead term…and even if it wasn’t, where would music be if modern, young acts didn’t look to the past for inspiration? As long as they bring something new to the table, I say bring it on. The four songs on this EP represent a hardworking band with a bright future — so fork out $4, pour yourself a beer and a shot of whiskey, and raise ’em up to that bright future and the great performers of the past who made it possible!