indie cred

12 09 2008

Ever since Terno Recordings’ inception I’ve been hearing murmurs within the very small, local “indie/indiepop” faction how Terno’s not that credible as a bonafide “indie” label (in terms of sound facet and not just the process) being that the artists on Terno aren’t really all “indie” and Terno’s not to be considered as an indie label in the same sense as a Sarah or Postcard. Well, i didn’t quite intend it to be that genre specific, as in an all jangly or twee indiepop label.

Originally that was the plan but with foreign contributions however as it went along, it became more localized and closer, say to a “Factory” with all sorts of artists on the roster. Before anyone cries blasphemy, I’m not comparing Terno to Factory in terms of greatness, it’s just the closest example of a label i could think of that most people probably know, which had a diverse mix of artists and music output. Process-wise Terno is definitely on its own but if it’s credibility we’re talking about, i think that’s what the label has a lot of. Money nope, integrity yes, in abundance.

As for myself, well, i may not be from Sweden nor am i British but let’s just say I’ve been into it longer than these Pinoy indie kiddies, meaning i didn’t just learn or got all my stuff from the yearly Universal CD sale, if you get my drift. I’m amazed at the cockiness of some of these people with faux Brit singing accents when they weren’t even alive when i was already buying the records they now just download off music blogs and yeah, their yearly purchases at the various CD sale blow-outs.

I know i sound bitchy but some of these characters have got to get down from their high horses and remove their cardigan sweaters. They should take a cue at being humble from someone like Dale of Apple Orchard who is in that world but doesn’t act the way they do. Too much attitude like they invented “indie”.

In appreciation of the post-punk, new wave and indie 45 single sleeve art and for these Indier than Thou peeps, here’s some samples from the past. What’s that? You weren’t around yet?

Yeah, exactly my point.

There’s more where these came from but it would be obscene already… so do i get a badge for my messenger bag now?