There is a distinct smell that's typically the same for all graffiti filled bathrooms, typically located by the bar or next to sound board. The smell is not totally disgusting, and it is not totally lovely to say the least, but it is a bit comforting. (Who am I kidding, that shits nasty).
Since sophomore year, I periodically go to shows at these smelly venues all around Brooklyn, going with friends to see our friend's bands and all that jazz, and even though I've seen a lot of bands that were really different, they all have that "I don't care what you think because my friends and I are having fun" teenage vibe. I call this umbrella genre, smelly Brooklyn music (I'll find a catchier name).
The vibe is the same and so are the audience members. Thrifted levi's, the dirtiest sneakers you've seen, and absolutely no form of a bag on them. (I am baffled by this. 'Where do they put their keys? Their wallets? Their phones? Their back up chargers? Their books for reading on the train? Their water bottles?' I think, but then I remember, perhaps some of them live just around the corner. Lucky bastards).
Though this may not be the best music, but it never fails to cheer me up. I listen and I can imagine kids recording an album in someones garage or basement. It shows the fun grittiness of making music with you friends is not completely gone from the industry yet. I feel like more teenagers who are making music are doing it all alone, which is also great and admirable. However there is something so fulfilling and joyous in collaborating with other musicians and being able to tell the difference between tracks that have just been dubbed over and people actually playing at the same time.
Anyway, I notice this music popping up a lot more on Spotify and Apple music (some are on those 'Bedroom Pop' Playlist's which is :/). I made a playlist of my favorite SBM music that I typically listen to walking to the train or between classes. Some of the bands on it are actually ones from my school (This band scene has faded year by year at LaGuardia due to the administration, but I'm tryna to revive it and pass down this wee torch).
Talk to you soon xxxx
Making noise through multiple mediums since 2001.