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Rock 'n Roll is Now (fairly) Safe

posted Jan 14, 2010, 2:40 PM by Dennis Gess   [ updated Jan 14, 2010, 5:29 PM ]
It's obvious that rock and metal are dying genres. One just has to look at the increasing global epidemic that is called by many names, usually 'rap' or 'pop'. Symptoms of 'rap' or 'pop' can include conformism, wearing hats at peculiar angles, disregarding proper enunciation when speaking, among other terrible things.

Nevertheless, rock is NOT dead. AC/DC had it right, as usual, in the lyrics of 'Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution':
Rock 'n' roll ain't noise pollution
Rock 'n' roll ain't gonna die
Rock 'n' roll ain't noise pollution
Rock 'n' roll it will survive

Unfortunately, AC/DC is aging, but that doesn't mean anything except the fact that sometime, they'll have to pass on the torch to someone. As of right now, I see two options:

1. Airbourne
2. The Answer

I've already written an article about Airbourne, they are awesome. You should know that already. The band that I haven't written about yet is called The Answer.

The Answer is a four-piece band out of Newcastle, which of course is in Northern Ireland. In terms of genre, they are classified as hard rock/blues rock. In my terms, they are classified as kickass rock 'n' roll. This is the closest band to AC/DC I have ever heard, along with Airbourne. In fact, when I first heard this band, I thought to myself, these guys must be Australian, since AC/DC and Airbourne (two of the best bands ever) are from Australia, this band must be too. When I found out they are from Newcastle, I wasn't surprised either, probably because Brian Johnson has ties to Newcastle himself.

Blues based rock 'n' roll is one of the most musically powerful genres there is. There's just something about the music that is so addicting, so intense, it grabs you and never lets go. That's what hooked me to AC/DC in the first place, the undeniable force of rock 'n' roll. Then Airbourne came along, and I got just as addicted. Now The Answer comes, and I first heard of them from the fact that they were the opening act for AC/DC's Black Ice World Tour. Now, for AC/DC to select you as their opening band is probably the highest praise anyone can give you in the world of rock, and I'd say The Answer is living it up pretty well. They're like a cross between Stevie Ray Vaughan (R.I.P.) and AC/DC: blues-drenched rock 'n' roll. Take their song Memphis Water, for example. The first sound you hear is a 100% balls-to-the-wall, honest-to-god blues lick. It's like a breath of fresh air, amidst all this crappy pop and rap music. And it's a great pleasure to welcome The Answer to the world of rock 'n' roll, and we're glad that rock is making a comeback.