Monday, November 30, 2009

Indie Rock Band Music Video: Bombshell Crush's 'Broken Down'

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 2:30 PM

As many of you know, being an enthusiast of what is colloquially known as "indie rock" requires a healthy amount of proactive ear-to-the-groundness. For followers of the genre and practitioners of the "indie" counter-culture it's crucial to always be ahead of the curve and have that handful of coveted bands that only YOU know about. Bands like The Mewlies, Perfume (the band), The Gay Republicans, Mark-O Pole-O, The Its & The Acts. If you don't have these far-flung references in your back pocket at all times then you're bringing nothing to the table besides your suave haircut and best argument for why Dune IS the best David Lynch movie.

You may think you've heard of all the local nuggets our hometown indie scene has to offer. Well think again, because I'm fairly certain that you've yet to come across local "indie" roustabouts Bombshell Crush. Not only are they obscure, but defunct as well. Yahtzee! Having released only one proper LP and just reissued an older EP, BC are the epitome of a good find, if only they were what they say they are.

The Scene's esteemed music editor Steve Haruch stumbled across the video above while trolling Vimeo looking for something new and exciting. While it meets neither criteria, the video--titled "Indie Rock Band Music Video"--is either a hysterical example of false advertising or an epic failure of simple vocabulary. It probably should have been called "Active Rock Band Viral Eye-Gouge." According to the "about" section of their MySpace page:

The world famous, now defunct, Bombshell Crush is back with a vengeance to sell you some KICK-ASS merchandise!!! Check out the store to pick up the only full-length record that Bombshell Crush ever released! You can also pick up a copy of their never-before released EP that contains 5 "new" tunes along with the stellar version of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time"!! There are also cool ass t-shirts available in a variety of styles and sizes. So be sure to check out the store!!

There's just nothing like a band that is simultaneously "defunct" and "back with a vengeance." Now, either I've long misunderstood the term "indie," or indie as a genre is a big tent that includes bands who--like Bombshell Crush--count "Aerosmith and Guns 'N Roses, as well as more contemporary artists like Stone Temple Pilots and Audioslave" among their primary influences. Considering that their label status on MySpace is "unsigned" I'm ruling out that they consider themselves indie by default of being on an independent label. So either the obligatory '80s cover makes them an indie band, or they're masters at veiling the Sebadoh influence.

If you're wondering whether or not this post has a point then you're on the right track: It doesn't, aside from pointing out that the term "indie"--while being a little silly--actually does represent a sub-genre. It seems like a serial offense. In and around Nashville, artists give themselves the "indie" label without actually considering what it's supposed to convey. To them it's as if "indie" is a just another synonym for not having made it...yet. I've heard starving pop-country singers refer to themselves as "indie." It's inept and hilarious. Has anyone else noticed this?

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