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Re: “Why indie rock continues to ignore the Drive-By Truckers, and what it's missing

great article. DBT are one of the greatest rock and roll bands out there today. It never really would have occurred to me that the "indie" scene ever *would* pay them much mind. I listen to a some music that is referred to as "indie" and I think that, with all due respect to Pitchfork and the scene...

* it's a very anglo scene, and as you mention, the southern-ness seems off putting to the indie types.
* rock bands that really seem to care a lot about being "great" - not bands selling a self-aware parody of arena rock bands, but trying to be truly great, like Springsteen-level great - seem kind of embarrassing to people in that scene. Like, "don't get too sweaty."
* DBT loves Lynyrd Skynrd the way lots of indie bands love The Velvet Underground.
* indie fans seem to be ok with their bands getting big IF said band is at least ambivalent about the prospect. There's no reason to believe that DBT would have any problem with becoming an arena band. (by the way, if that happens, I bet they will extend every effort to treat their fans well, a la Pearl Jam).
* to that point, if DBT ever DID get that big, the pitchfork types might be attending concerts with people who don't realize that trucker caps are "out."
* DBT have a lot more in common with Springsteen and Petty than they do with Animal Collective and Pavement, and that's whose audiences they should have anyway.

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Posted by noexpiration on 02/13/2011 at 3:10 PM

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