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Feb 22, 2022

What is Indie Sleaze?

Is the vibe... shifting? Suddenly, bands like The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Interpol are coming back into the cultural zeitgeist. In the last month, we've seen articles in NME, Dazed, VICE, the Guardian, The Cut, Harpers Bizarre, Vogue, Esquire, Stylist, and GQ all talking about the return of Indie Sleaze... but what is Indie Sleaze? And why are we suddenly trying to capture the vibe of the early 2000s...?

To me, it sort of feels like a bunch of us aging millennials are starting to feel irrelevant and disconnected from youth culture. The result... an engineered movement to create cultural significance by trying to recreate a feeling they we once had... listening to The Strokes, on their iPod, in their American Apparel zippy as they furiously type on their blog. Oh shit.