Back in 2011 in a moment of 90’s nostalgia I compiled a list of the Top Ten Slacker Rock acts of all time. I’m a massive fan of Pavement, Modest Mouse, Beck, Guided By Voices and Grandaddy, so the list pretty much wrote itself. A handful of comments and a flurry of recent hits later I’ve decided to put together a loose Top Ten of current acts I’m labeling ‘New Slacker Rock‘.
Some of them ape the bands I love (and frequently get away with it), others take that loose, charismatic and abstracted excellence and take it somewhere new.
Four years ago I described Slacker Rock as, “all about a looseness and a slack-eyed way of looking at things“. I reckon the acts below fall firmly under that definition in one way or another…
01. Mac DeMarco
02. Parquet Courts / Parkay Quarts
03. Speedy Ortiz
04. Dignan Porch
05. Courtney Barnett
06. Real Estate
09. Dead Gaze
So, that’s my Top Ten – who do you reckon I’ve missed out?