Well at least according to the NY Press…
The music industry likes to blame massive file-sharing for their miserable status, but what they forget is that this era produced bands like The Strokes and touted them as the saviors of rock â€˜nâ€™ roll. Relying on the crude, formulaic approach jumpstarted decades ago by the likes of Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, The Strokes are far from saviors of the ailing music industry.
Instead, they have swayed rock from being dangerous, thrillingâ€”hell, even enjoyableâ€”to stale, monotonous and wearisome. After straddling the indie/mainstream fence with their first release, we should have recognized they are no more â€œsaviorsâ€ than the Rolling Stones, for whom they opened on tour. We can only pray for something as miraculous as the Apocalypse if they are able to sustain their careers to the age of those British geezers.
There is a place for simple, catchy rock; but for minimalist rock movements to succeed, substance must triumph over style, pretension sacrificed to essence. With the Ã¼ber-pompous Strokes, itâ€™s difficult even to tolerate their crudeness from a jukebox muffled with the converse of bar patrons. Are they the saviors of rock â€˜nâ€™ roll? Maybe in the sense that their presence could result in the utter destruction of an archaic, out-of-touch music industry.