Paul Weller on the State of Music

He's not a fan of guitar music right now:

Paul Weller has slammed the ‘insipid’ state of modern guitar music, but has revealed that he is a fan of rap, R&B, grime and some singer-songwriters.

The former Jam turned solo icon is currently on tour to launch his new album, ‘A Kind Revolution‘. Speaking to NME ahead of his recent Teenage Cancer Trust show at the Royal Albert Hall, the ‘Modfather’ revealed his current listening habits.

Asked about the current state of guitar music, Weller replied: “I find it a bit insipid at the moment. I can’t think of any guitar bands, English bands anyway, at the moment.

“I quite like an American band called Savoy Motel; I like their last record. And Syd Arthur I really love – they’re mates as well, I really like them. Lucy Rose has got a new album coming out in the next few months that’s really great. There are a lot of great individual records and just individuals really.”

It's all laptop music right now, save for whatever handful of bands can afford to make records with instruments in a room. I'm not a fan of anything on the modern radio playlists right now simply because none of it is real and none of it has been played or crafted by people who can move outside of the digital music recording sphere. It's tinny and flat. Music is supposed to have some reverb. Too many sound effects and too few innovative sounds.

How is any of it supposed to sound good on vinyl? If you compare what people are doing now to what was done in 1979, you can really tell the difference in how it had a different texture. There's a reason why people cling to their old albums.