- Garrett Thorson
A loosely defined sub-genre of rock music which originally flourished in the Midwest during the mid-1960s. Combining elements of amateurism, angst-ridden teenage attitude, and a fundamental desire for musical authenticity, many early garage bands were noted for their raw, distorted sounds, minimalistic chord progressions, and open admiration for music of the British invasion. Although the first batch of bands began to appear as early as 1964, the garage rock phenomenon did not reach peak relevance and popularity until the period 1965–6, following the emergence of such influential groups as Count Five, the Sonics, and the Standells. Historians of the genre suggest that a main reason for this delay was the fact that early garage rock musicians were typically much younger— and appreciably less skilled—than the rock-and-roll superstars they were trying to emulate, and the musical innovations set out by such influential mainstream bands as the Beatles, the Yardbirds, and the Rolling Stones took a considerable amount of time to be properly appreciated and absorbed....