Lostprophets: 'The World Needs Us Because There's No Good Guitar Music'

Lostprophets have joined other musicians to say that rock is dead - but claim their new album "Weapons" will remedy that. Here's why they're wrong.

Lostprophets: 'The World Needs Us Because There's No Good Guitar Music'
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Lostprophets have joined in with claims that rock is dead - but think their new album "Weapons" will remedy that. According to singer Ian Watkins, the lack of good guitar music was the main inspiration behind their newly announced album. "That's why we started," he told Zane Lowe at BBC Radio 1 (via NME). "It was like, 'Why is no-one making decent music? We'll have to do it ourselves'." He added: "It's been nice to have a break but I think what's out at the moment is very saturated now, it's reaching the point where you're like 'enough'. "It's kind of the same thing [now], I'm fuelled by healthy competition. That's why we're coming back. The world needs us." His arrogant claims come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the band in their early years, though we can't knock down their commitment to the genre. Watkin's claims that rock is dead are yet another in a long line of pessimistic quotes from major rock acts. It was only yesterday that Noel Gallagher joined the ranks of Kasabian and others to bemoan their genre. However, todays news that At The Drive-In and Refused are reforming, and new albums from the likes of Black Sabbath and Van Halen, suggests that energetic live rock is here to stay. Lostprophets released a free download of their new track "Better Off Dead" through their official Facebook page. The new album will be released through Epic Records on April 2. Meanwhile, former drummer Ilan Rubin has seen his own success in the US after stints with Nine Inch Nails and now Angels And Airwaves.

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    cyanide02
    I'm going to say that i'm a fan of lostprophets. But to me they will never top Fake Sound of Progress and Start Something. The albums after that have been far too teenyboppery for my liking. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with poppy catchy hooks. But don't write poppy songs and then claim you are the saviour of rock. Plus, that's a very arrogant statement to make regardless.
    Hardcoregamer16
    why the **** are shitty alt bands talking shit about rock? oasis is the only good band out these *****s taking shit. if rock is dead than why talk about, if it bothers them so much than make a good rock album
    conor-figgy
    So Lostprophets, Noel Galagher and Kasabian are saying that rock is dead... well this is rich.
    RetroGunslinger
    "The world needs us because there's no good guitar music." So what they're saying is the world doesnt need them?
    Crevan
    People, for real. Music isn't alive nor dead. Not even figuratively. People die, artists die, music doesn't. It gets old and unpopular like Beethoven. Noel Gallagher is a near-dead twat himself. He and all the other twats claiming that rock is dead are faintly trying to place themselves above the music. Fans in return attempt to place rock over the twats again. Can't we just accept that rock gets about as old as Ozzy's liver?
    Horizons18
    This band really need to stop focusing on how to comb their fringes and go back to what made them good from their first two albums. Do a Funeral for a Friend and just make an album going back to what the band is about.
    Reages
    well after those words their album must live up to the fsop and ss or else
    CronoMagus
    conor-figgy wrote: So Lostprophets, Noel Galagher and Kasabian are saying that rock is dead... well this is rich.
    Don't forget the drummer from The Black Keys too.
    Hevvydrops_
    They probably listen to Coldplay or something then. Plenty of modern bands have fantastic guitarists. Lostprophets are shit anyway
    Downfault
    Rock music will never die, I promise you that. It will live on through the memory of the great rock acts of the past and carried on by the new generations who stay true to what they truly beleive.
    Co Cor
    MyRockSoul wrote: Rock is alive due to Green Day.
    I hope this is sarcasm.
    Mr Winters
    Okay, so I absolutely LOVE Lostprophets, but Ian really sounds like an ***** here.
    wizbangtez
    I just listened to better off dead. Certainly dosen't back up Ian Watkin's statements. I thought start something had some cool riffs but this is pretty boring to listen too. Steel Panther? they wrote some "bitchin'" riffs fairly recently. I think Ian Watkin might be a bit of a dickhead!
    jordo246
    He says there is no good guitar music, well then he's not looking very far for it then.
    Mr Brownst0ne
    As much as I love Mr. Watkins, he does love these bombastic, ridiculously OTT soundbites. But then what rockstar doesn't?
    Redd_dymond
    Lostprophets are exactly the reason why rock has all but died - people associate modern rock with either their screamo bullshit, or the boring, life sapping dullness of bands like Oasis and Kasabian. Could a real rock band please show up and show these morons how its done?
    ProgFripp74
    cyanide02 wrote: I'm going to say that i'm a fan of lostprophets. But to me they will never top Fake Sound of Progress and Start Something. The albums after that have been far too teenyboppery for my liking. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with poppy catchy hooks. But don't write poppy songs and then claim you are the saviour of rock.
    So true, TFSOP was their best album by far, Watkins actually wrote decent lyrics and vocal melody's instead of the saturated pop rock crap of their last two albums. And as for 'rock music', yes it is somewhat a dying genre, 'guitar muscic' on the other hand is not with metal becoming or being more prevalent at the moment. He is partially correct but arrogant nonetheless.
    rechris06
    This is beyond a Jean-Luc Picard facepalm right here.. The reason why you think there are no good "guitar music" is because you probably listen to emo bullshit. Of course that was just ignorant of that dude to say. Anyways, what the hell does the singer know about guitar music? Well, doesn't matter considering I have never heard of this band before.
    MetalRock4ever
    MyRockSoul wrote: Rock is alive due to Green Day.
    Green day aren't rock. They're punk. They got announced as king of punk or w/e some time ago...
    MetalRock4ever
    Rock survives through bands like foo fighters or w/e. Rock ain't kept alive by lady gaga or kesha or green day. no lifers like them can try and get a life... harder for lady gaga and kesha
    jakobross424
    So a band everyone forgot about 5 years ago, another band everyone forgot about 5 years ago, and an arrogant (yet talented) jerk, are all saying rock and roll is dead. I guess they're the ones to trust.
    link no1
    Hevvydrops_ wrote: They probably listen to Coldplay or something then. Plenty of modern bands have fantastic guitarists. Lostprophets are shit anyway
    Are you a troll? Even Lostprophets are more 'guitar music' than Coldplay. But really, if I was thinking to myself "hmmm, I need some good 'guitar music' Lostprophets are one of the last bands I would think of...hell, even M.Jackson is more guitar based than Lostprophets (beat it) "The world of rock is dying because we are too lazy to search anywhere but the radio for good bands"
    ds24601
    I'd struggle to find a metal band that isn't 'guitar music'. So he's pretty much saying that, as a guitarist, no metal band in the past few years has written a good song, or perhaps even a good riff.
    Eifler121
    jakobross424 wrote: So a band everyone forgot about 5 years ago, another band everyone forgot about 5 years ago, and an arrogant (yet talented) jerk, are all saying rock and roll is dead. I guess they're the ones to trust.
    Well there's Patrick Carney too.