Adam Davis (Gnarboots)
SPB: What is your least favorite genre of music? Is there an artist who is an exception to said rule?
Davis: My least favorite genre lately has been punk rock. For all of the chest thumping about originality, rebellion and chaos, you would be hard pressed to find a more stagnant, elitist, and safe/boring musical landscape today.
Punk should be about danger, about taking abrasive sounds and ideas to the next level. However, anytime a group tries to step outside the safe zone of leather jackets, fuzzy guitar based rock music and Johnny Thunders-style posturing, it is immediately dismissed and filed away into a new subcategory.
Everywhere else, the limits are being tested. Pop music has gotten super weird, ditto for hip-hop. Country is doing some things that, while I personally don't want to listen to, at least show that the genre is willing to expand. Meanwhile, punk rock alienates any group who dares to use acoustic guitars, or keyboards, or horns. Divide, divide, divide.
Don't get me wrong, I love punk rock, I would just like to see it be more than people are letting it be.