For the most part, what you hear coming from the garage is pretty standard. Car engine revving, garage door opening and closing, power tools buzzing, hockey slap shots and basketball jump shots but let’s not forget the sweet sounds of music — namely Garage Rock!
Garage rock is a style of a style of unpolished energetic rock music that flourished in the mid-1960s, most notably in North America. At the time it had no specific name and was not recognized as a separate genre, but critical recognition in the early 1970s did much to define and shape the style. The term was derived from the perception that groups were often young amateurs who rehearsed in the family garage, primarily in the suburbs. Was it the acoustics of the garage that made it an ideal practice space? Was there absolutely no way parents were going to let their kids play any instruments inside the actual house? Was it a combination of both? We may never know how it all went down but I’m guessing most of us can figure out the real reason.
Characterized by sometimes aggressive and unsophisticated lyrics and delivery with distorted guitars, garage rock has experienced various revivals over the last several decades and continues to influence many modern acts who prefer a ‘back to basics’ musical approach.
Some of the more popular garage bands of late include The White Stripes, Death from Above 1979, The Hives, Eagles of Death Metal, The Vines and Weezer. Speaking of Weezer, it’s interesting to note that on their first album, there is a song called ‘In The Garage’. It tells of times spent in the garage; playing Dungeons and Dragons, reading comics and of course, playing music. Feeling safe inside that space where “no one hears me sing this song”. A garage rock band singing about singing in the garage, coincidence?