There is so much talk and hate on genre within music. From the day I really started to get into music until right now as I sit in my Writing About Literature class. You can roam the internet especially music forums and find all sorts of arguments to what genre a certain band is or if another has the "criteria" - or lets be real, the street called to be what they are called.
I find this particulary in the "pop-punk" genre. Now I am not going to sit here and try to tell anyone what band is pop-punk and what band isn't. But the mere fact that if I did, someone would have a comment (and probably a few choice names to call me) about how they disagree. Fine and dandy. Disagree all you want, but is it really getting you anywhere?
So what is genre and what is it for?
Genre is essentially a category that any artistic composition can be placed into whether it be literature, music or pieces of art. But I am here to talk about music. When I was younger, when we actually bought CDs and records from a music and entertainment store (which yes, I realize this seems like an ancient history idea now), the store made it easier to find the CD or what have you I had been looking for by putting it in an area listed by genre. Now when I was at that age (a ripe age of 12 or 13), I honestly thought it was all it was for - and Hell, it is all it SHOULD be for.
So what's with the hate? Why do we care what a band is listed by - whether it be pop, metal, country or whatever it may be. Does it REALLY matter what genre you think A Day To Remember or even One Direction is in? Well maybe it would be if you were walking around an F.Y.E. and trying to find a particular CD, but don't try to sit here and tell me that you've stepped in a store like that in years.
I think it makes things tough on the band as well. If ISSUES is known well for being in a metal-core genre, then the fans and critics are going to expect music that fits into this metal-core genre. Well what if the band wants to take another path? It is true that clean vocalist, Tyler Carter has dabbled and sang in the R&B genre - so what if the band wanted a more R&B feel to it? I am sure that fans and critics alike would freak out and wonder what the hell they were thinking.
But that is what makes things so hard on these bands. Fans and even non-fans expect bands to stick and stay in a certain genre. How on earth do you think bands are supposed to grow without experimenting? There is no room to grow if a band cannot experiment and think outside the box. And the worst part is, is the same kids that are complaining about genre are the same kids that will be complaining that the band sounds the same from record to record.
It's just not fair. It's not fair that these bands are expected to grow and make a better record each and every time, but they don't have that chance to grow and experiment outside their comfort zone without people complaining. I guess what I am saying here is keep an open mind. Bands need the space to mature and put out music that is progressing, and they really cannot do that when the fans are complaining that bands have "changed," even if is for the better.