anguyen92 wrote:Jaded Rescue wrote:TenaciousBe wrote:I worry that the band is going to get away from me. I worry that it might be another TLH and not really grab my soul the way the other records did. I worry that I'm getting older and I just generally don't connect with the hard rock scene like I did 10 years ago.
My best advice (if you're interested in advice) would be to start exploring other genres and music artists outside of your comfort zone. I feel the same way about The Last Hero, and finding other music that lights that spark for me is what keeps me going. AB will always be there to go back to if I need to hear something from their first 4 albums, which were all fantastic to my ears, but I've also found things very much outside of the hard rock realm that I connect with now. This probably sounds cliche, but music's about the journey. We don't have to follow a set "path" and stay on the hard rock road just because that's what we've done before.
This is all coming from an AB fan who listens to way too much Carly Rae Jepsen, so take it with a grain of salt.
You know, that's a great point. There are days I feel like Hard Rock had become pretty monotonous and repetitive at times. I feel it lacks an exciting journey to embark on and it lacks all of us here being along for the ride excited for the next best thing to come along. Don't know why I feel that way, but it could be due to burnout for me. I still will defend modern hard rock/active rock radio to the core for the most part, but I need to know what else is out there that I can enjoy (you would not hear me say that sort of comment, six years ago). Discovering other stuff does help a lot so that when a new Alter Bridge album is going to be around the corner, it helps us get more excited for it.
Btw, what would be a great album to listen to from Carly Rae Jepsen? I've been meaning to listen to one of her albums after her collab with Owl City (which is something that I have been listening to way too much in the interim, which is a good thing honestly) in the song, Good Time.
To your bit about hard rock becoming monotonous: I totally agree. I played for about two years in a hard rock band with some friends, writing original tunes. While I love what we wrote, it was starting to feel like it was difficult to do anything new, at least if we continued following the general formula setup by bands in the 90s and early 2000s. Maybe this is just from the benefit of hindsight, but most hard rock today sounds like it wouldn't shock me all that much if I heard it 10 years ago. I don't feel like I hear these bands (AB included, to some degree) doing anything in particular that someone else wasn't doing back in the mid 2000s.
As far as CRJ goes, check out Emotion for sure. If you're looking for something even more deeply personal (though pretty much all of her music is), check out the Emotion B-sides EP she put out that's about 6 tracks long. She's got a lot of range between the dance-friendly stuff she puts out and the more contemplative emotional stuff. I catch a lot of flack from friends in a joking way for being so into her music, but I value how genuine her writing is, which always keeps me coming back. I find that the older I get, I care less about genre and more about the sincerity of the artist.