Remember when you were into indie music? Did you see two BrakesBrakesBrakes shows in one week? Did you ever go to an Arcade Fire show to only see the opening act? Were you on a street team? (Remember street teams?) Did you live for CMJ? We and Twitter users by the dozens certainly recall doing all of those things. Now, thanks to one hashtag, we are collectively sharing our pride/shame.
Quite simply, someone out there has declared an amnesty for all people who were way too indie in their youths with the hashtag #IndieAmnesty. Now, former (and we would assume current) indie fans are stepping out of their closets and sharing their stories. They’re all beautiful in their own ways—each of them reminding us of the days when we used to crowd into the back room of a local music venue or trek out to Southpaw (R.I.P.) to see the latest bunch of skinny, sweaty Brits, Scandinavians, or Aussies that NME had decided were the next coming. God, those were the days, weren’t they?
Just witness and reminisce.
cried tears of joy at a motion city soundtrack/hellogoodbye show #indieamnesty— meredith graves (@gravesmeredith) April 6, 2016
Was part of The Rakes’ street team #indieamnesty— Gemma Samways (@gemtriesharder) April 6, 2016
I paid to see The Bravery, twice. #IndieAmnesty— Jack Pitt-Brooke (@JackPittBrooke) April 6, 2016
I own two of the actual washing powder boxes from the supermarket aisle in Pulp’s “Common People” video. #indieamnesty— Simon Price (@simon_price01) April 6, 2016
I was allowed to jump the queue outside a club in 2007 because they thought I was Luke from the Kooks. #indieamnesty— Greg James (@gregjames) April 6, 2016
Went to see the Manic Street Preachers 2 hrs away only because Razorlight were supporting. We left when MSP came on #indieamnesty— Laura Snapes (@laurasnapes) April 6, 2016
Tom from the Paddingtons got me pregnant #indieamnesty— Lou Teasdale (@louteasdale) April 6, 2016
Same. Even some celebs are getting in on it.
But of course, as with all things indie, this happened.
#indieamnesty is so over. I was into it hours ago, now it’s just a lame sell-out.— Dave Haslam (@Mr_Dave_Haslam) April 6, 2016
(via Brooklyn Vegan)