What the Hell is Indie Rock?


Indie rock is becoming an increasingly vague genre, and one that seems to confuse music listeners across the world. Even in our office, we constantly find ourselves arguing over what the hell indie rock actually entails. Whilst it was originally used to describe bands signed to independent labels, it now has come to encompass a variety of different bands, each with a uniquely ‘indie’ sound.

In our attempt to nail down the genre, we picked 10 of our favourite tracks which we think perfectly encapsulate the complexity of the genre.

‘Hold On’ Alabama Shakes – Live at the Metro 2013



‘Wake Up’ Arcade Fire – Live at Reading Festival 2010



Do I Wanna Know?’ Arctic Monkeys – Live at Austin City Limits 2013



‘Helicopter’ Bloc Party – Live in Sydney 2013




‘Inhaler’ Foals – Live at Reading Festival 2013



‘Tick, Tick, Boom’ The Hives – Live in Sydney 2013



‘Slow Hands’ Interpol – Live in Sydney 2013



‘Graceless’ The National – Live on SNL 2014



‘Last Nite’ The Strokes – Later With Jools Holland 2006



‘A-Punk’ Vampire Weekend – Live at Glastonbury 2013



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About Alabama Shakes

“I woke up this morning thinking I sure hope I meet some nice Aussies who want to rock and roll with me tonight” – singer Brittany Howard Brittany, we’d rock and roll with you anytime. Alabama Shakes’ debut record ‘Boys & Girls’ arrived like a lightning bolt last year, seducing us with its bluesy rock

About Bloc Party

Bloc Party are a British indie rock band, composed of Kele Okereke (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Russell Lissack (lead guitar), Gordon Moakes (bass guitar, synths, backing vocals, glockenspiel), and Matt Tong (drums, backing vocals). Their brand of music is said to have been drawn from such bands as The Cure,Mogwai,Siouxsie and the Banshees[3] and in

About Foals

Foals are an indie rock band from Oxford, England. Formed in 2005, they are comprised of Yannis Philippakis (lead vocals and guitar), Jack Bevan (drums), Jimmy Smith (guitar), Walter Gervers (bass) and Edwin Congreave (keyboard). Their fourth album What Went Down was released in August 2015 and featured hit singles 'What Went Down' and 'Mountain

About The Hives

The Hives are a Swedish rock band that first garnered attention in the early 2000s as a prominent group of the garage rock revival. Their mainstream success came with the release of the album Veni Vidi Vicious, featuring their most well-known song “Hate to Say I Told You So”. The Hives are known for performing

About Interpol

Interpol is an American indie rock band formed in 1997 in New York City. The band’s original line-up consisted of Paul Banks (vocals, guitar), Daniel Kessler (guitar, vocals), Carlos Dengler (bass guitar, keyboards) and Greg Drudy (drums, percussion). Drudy left the band in 2000 and was replaced by Sam Fogarino. In 2010, shortly after recording

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