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WHY MUSICAL EVOLUTION ISN’T SO BAD


“ev·o·lu·tion- the gradual development of something, especially from a simple to a more complex form.” Bands are constantly changing their sound and trying out new things when it comes to their music.

If music didn’t evolve it would be boring, repetitive and mundane. Music isn’t linear. When bands explore new sounds, genres and musical techniques it helps not only them grow, but music as a whole grow as well.

There’s plenty of bands that I can think of off the top of my head that have changed their music over time. Paramore, Coldplay, Blink-182, Fall Out Boy, Tonight Alive are great examples of bands exploring new sounds (Blink-182 can’t sing about dogs and moms forever, right?) You could also say that their sound change has propelled them into some of the highest points of their musical careers.

From a band perspective, making new music and changing things up is probably a bit nerve-racking, but also exciting. They get to try new things that they’ve never done before and I’d imagine it’s a pretty fun experience.

From a fan’s perspective the story goes something like this: a band puts out a song that sounds different from their previous work. Said song gets a lot of mixed reviews, and then the comparisons to older albums/songs begin. It’s definitely  vicious cycle.

Instead of comparing one song to a band’s older material, just forget the older work, wipe the slate clean and go into new music with an open mind. Sure, you may not be a fan of the lead single but one song doesn’t always speak for the whole album.

Music is something that needs to keep consistently changing. Imagine listening to nothing but your favourite album – not too fun, right?  Hearing new styles and new sounds is a great thing, don’t forget that!

How has your favourite band’s sound evolved over the years?

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Madeline Cronin
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Madeline is a writer for At The Barricade, along with many other online music outlets.