By Isaac Butler
Here in Minneapolis, we have a station run by our local NPR affiliate called "The Current." The Current mainly plays up-to-date indie rock. They play a lot of local bands (including, unfortunately, Minnesota rap) and some classics, but their focus is on up to date offerings fromt he poppier side of indie rock.
And I've noticed lately the rise of something that I can only call Self Help Rock, and I was wondering if anyone else has noticed this too. Unfortunately, I can't provide a lot of specific song names, as they rarely have the DJs cut in to tell you what you've been listening to, and by then I've forgotten the order and so on.
Self Help Rock tends to have soaring music with pounding drum beats and lots of arpeggios a la Coldplay or U2. The songs tend to be epic. And the lyrical content is overtly preachy (and generally optimistic) and about how you should seize the day. And they're almost always in the second person. The best example of this I can remember is this awful Death Cab For Cutie song "You Are A Tourist":
I don't know if anyone else has noticed this, or if it's just the DJs at the Current, but this must be stopped. We cannot allow indie rock to become the musical equivalent of Eckhardt Tolle.