2010s just like its previous decade wasn’t fair to rock music. The road for the genre was bumpy, to say the least. The emergence of streaming platforms unleashed new life into classic rock bands. Their old songs were charting again and the ones who released new content rode the ‘airwaves’ thanks to the streaming platforms. Rock was reportedly still the most widely consumed genre in the United States during 2014 and 2015.
‘The big four’ of thrash, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax, released albums that were well received. Alternative rock heavyweights, Tool finally succumbed to the lure of streaming platforms and released their discography with the exception of ‘Salival’. Their latest album ‘Fear Inoculum’ was officially launched on August 30, 2019, and became their third U.S. number one.
Classic rock bands in 2010s
The decade was ripe with comebacks of classic rock bands. AC/DC, Stone Temple Pilots, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Blink-182, Radiohead, Green Day, and Alice in Chains releasing new content.
Both of English rock instrumentalist David Bowie’s albums The Next Day (2013) and Blackstar (2016), were U.S. top 5 albums.
The 2010s also witnessed the transition of rock from heavy metal to a softer version of itself. The earlier genres went into a decline.
In the 1960s, The Who coined the phrase “the kids are alright” and it was proven to be relevant in the 2010s, to an extent, by some of the new kids.
Canadian band Blood Ceremony started off with heavy and doom metal influences. Well they are named ‘Blood Ceremony’ for a reason. One of the band’s earliest influences were Jethro Tull and they do have a flutist in their line-up who is also their frontwoman, keyboardist and composer, Alia O’Brien. She sounds nowhere similar to Ian Anderson with her serious howl. Often labelled as the bewitching queen of doom and prog rock, O’Brien’s voice is reminiscent of the 70s rock and occult themed bands and also her favourite Jethro Tull.
The Los Angeles based English-American hard rock band, Black Country Communion, is a super-group comprising bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes, guitarist and vocalist Joe Bonamassa, drummer Jason Bonham, and keyboardist Derek Sherinian. Glenn Hughes aka ‘The Voice of Rock’ is best known for playing bass and performing vocals for funk rock pioneers Trapeze, the Mk. III and IV line-ups of Deep Purple and also briefly fronting for Black Sabbath in the mid-1980s.
Hughes’ voice is a blend of early British hard rock, American soul and R&B. He is Stevie Wonder’s favourite white singer. His distinctive vocal style of blending hard rock, soul and funk results in what is known as an ‘astonishing voice’.
The Greta Van Fleet has often been ridiculed for sounding almost like Led Zeppelin but they do play ‘actual rock music’. Greta Van Fleet’s music has been categorized as hard rock and blues-rock which is evident in vocalist Jake Kiszka’s style. The Robert Plant influence is highly evident in his vocals. In an interview, Plant cited Greta Van Fleet as one of his favourite up-and-coming bands, saying “they are Led Zeppelin I” and describing Jake as “a beautiful little singer”. Now does one need to say more?
English glam rock band, The Struts’ influences include classic rock bands like Queen, the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith to bands like Oasis and even Michael Jackson.
Luke Spiller, the vocalist is a newer version of Freddie Mercury. Right from the clothes, attitude to the voice. He embraces hooky melodies with sing-along choruses in a modern-day variation.
Paying homage to classic rock bands’ music what The Struts do best. Check out their “Dancing In The Street” cover to know better.
The Record Company, an American rock band is influenced by John Lee Hooker, The Stooges, and The Rolling Stones. The vocalist Chris Vos is a huge Jimmy Reed fan. Just like Reed, Vos’ approach to vocals is simple, quiet and gentle. He isn’t perfect but has the best backbeat, swing and gentle sway to his music.
Though rock continued to struggle through the 2010s, these bands are a ray of hope for the future. Hoping for an imminent rock revival in the 2020s and musicians which look like rockers and not a cross between a peacock and a hen.