It’s Thursday night in east London. The Alibi, a dive bar made entirely of chipboard, is brimming with kids dancing to unsociably loud music. If you’ve been taking notes on 2012 you might expect them to be listening to intelligent house, revivalist jungle or some other strain of dance music without choruses. As it turns out, everyone is losing their shit to Maxïmo Park.
Recently, London’s trendy types have started to mythologise guitar music again. Specifically guitar music made between 2002 and 2007. Nambucca, the scummy north London pub which once provided a home for the Holloways, is revered as a lost utopian paradise. Thamesbeat troubadours Larrikin Love are now discussed in hushed tones: martyrs for their art who mysteriously disappeared, possibly during the rapture.