The 2000s are looking and sounding a lot like the 1980s
By Chris Hansen Orf, Get Out
April 27, 2006
 
east valley tribune
 
If you buried a time capsule of'80s music in your backyard during the Reagan era, dig it up now. It'll sound a lot like the music of the mid-2000s.

The cyclical trends of music and fashion-a pop culture rototiller that digs up the past more often than a good lawyer, have circled back to the '80s, when pop bands wore suits and funny haircuts, dropped danceable backbeats down for the leftover '70s disco fans and fleshed out their songs with healthy doses of synthesizers and effects-heavy guitar tracks. Sounds like a pretty good description of popular alternative band Bloc Party.

For those of us old enough to remember, it took most of the ’90s to kill the musical aftertaste of the '80s, and for that we can thank all those brooding Seattle bands in their ripped jeans, flannel shirts and shaggy, regular-dude haircuts who ignited a glam backlash that had metal bands cutting their hair (remember when Metallica cut off their locks?) and new wave fans putting away the black lipstick and eyeliner. Grunge is dead now, and today's popular bands are looking backward to when looking like a rock star included spending a half-hour in the green room with Miss Maybelline before hitting the stage. In honor of Bloc Party hitting town, here is a guide to pop culture's new New Wave.

BLOC PARTY
Who they are: These Londoners are the most overtly political of the new crop of new wavers, as on the band's new single “Helicopters,” a thinly veiled Bush bash (''Just like his dad, just like his dad [the same mistakes]/Some things will never be different'').
’80s band they sound like: Political post-punks Gang of Four

INTERPOL
Who they are: The snappy-dressed New York combo owes a great debt to Ian Curtis and Joy Division with their driving guitar and bass lines and singer Daniel Kessler's baritone. Interpol has scored a few alt-rock hits, such as''Slow Hands” and “Evil.''
'80s band they sound like: Joy Division. Totally.

THE KILLERS
Who they are: Spawned from the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, The Killers, led by outspoken singer Brandon Flowers, have scored a couple of massive hits with the catchy ''Mr. Brightside'' and ''Somebody Told Me.'' '80s band they sound like: The Smiths, especially Flowers, who can probably do Morrissey better than anybody else in any Sin City karaoke bar.


THE BRAVERY
Who they are: This New York band has been hammered mercilessly since their 2005 debut, apparently for jumping on the new new wave bandwagon, and fuel was thrown on the fire after it was learned the band's singer, Sam Endicott, used to be in a ska band. The Bravery have feuded with The Killers'Brandon Flowers, who called them second-raters.
’'80s band they sound like: New Order

SHE WANTS REVENGE
Who they are: This L.A. duo composed of DJs Adam12 and Justin Warfield are the latest bans to throw their synths onto the new new wave bandwagon. Their debut single, ''Tear You Apart,'' currently rocketing up the Modern Rock chart, is undeniably catchy. ’80s band they sound like: Old-school Depeche Mode, Erasure and Joy Division.