Something loud in the Conservatory

Back in the 1960’s aspiring young bands had very few places that they could go and rehearse their instruments or to find there sound. The most logical place, and the one that wouldn’t cause too much disturbance to the rest of the family was the Garage. So, once Dad’s Ford Zephyr or Morris Oxford had been removed in went the lads with amps and drum kit ready to bash out a cover or two or maybe even write their own songs! Considering that this was the start of Punk, Hard Rock and Metal or can imagine that a sturdy set of garage shelving would be required to make sure that the stored items are all safe. If your teenagers start talking about guitars and decks and looking for a space you could look at extending and having a Conservatories Cheltenham company like to come out and assess your space. What bands can you blame for this musical revolution?

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These rural and urban teenagers had been listening to the likes of the more frenetic Rock N Rollers such as Little Richard, Bo Diddley and Jerry Lee Lewis. Their slam dunk songs such as Good Golly Miss Molly and Great Balls of Fire would be taken by the Garage boys and made even rougher and faster. The main ingredient to this sound was the use of the Fuzzbox, a device which distorted the guitar and gave it a distinctly edgey sound as it was played through the amps. The other element was keeping up the speed and the rawness of the performance.

There are many British examples of the genre and as ever this includes the Beatles and the Stones (namely Brown Sugar and Helter Skelter). It wasn;t only the guitar that was distorted. The voice of the vocalist was also pushed to a rawer intensity and even guttural snarl one only has to hear the way Paul Mcartney stretches his vocal range to on Helter Skelter to appreciate that.

However the real artist that push the sound of the Garage in the most celebrated of ways was Iggy Pop and the Stooges. Iggy was and still is a flamboyant and visceral performer who threw himself and the kitchen sink at the audience with strutting and posturing all to the loud loose and aggressive sound of the Stooges. Although they would not call themselves Garage the Australian band ACDC should also be considered the pioneers of the sound. Without Gargage they would be no punk, Without punk no post punk and hardcore and therefore no Sub Pop and grunge. Thank goodness for the Garage.