What happened to guitar players? Talented guitar players who actually display their craft, rather than toy around on one note, hitting every effects pedal and turning every knob? I have tried to stay open-minded; I have tried to listen and appreciate. Really, I have tried. But I can take no more. These guys play two chords, sing some stuff over it, and call it a song. Call it "modern rock," call it "indie rock," but I call it garbage. I recently saw one of these bands, and I wasted $18. Even the crowd was lame, probably because the music lacked any real, raw energy. I find it hard to accept guys who don't display guitar-playing ability as rock bands. Their songs are a few chords at best. What is that? Gyrating on stage, playing one note on your guitar and using a bunch of effects is not guitar playing. Mike McCready plays guitar. Josh Homme plays guitar. JIMMY FUCKING PAGE plays guitar. Take a look at some actual guitar players. They don't stand there playing a few chords and making funny noises. Maybe I'm the only one who isn't into this whole modern rock thing. I sure hope not. --Anonymous
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