British Invasion

British Invasion

When one thinks of rock and roll there
is a whole list of adjectives to describe a band. The groups can
go from laid back to an in your face, ultra loud show of shows. There are
many differences in rock bands and none is greater than the deviation between

Oasis and Dave Matthews Band. From upbringing to influences, the
differences are represented in the music and those who live for it.

They might be under the same category but there are very few comparisons
that are so far apart.

Oasis is the foremost representative of
a working class band. Their hometown of Manchester, England is a
tough town of industry. The people are known for they’re hard work and
even harder partying. In contrast, Dave Matthews was raised on a

South African estate as the son of an ambassador. His hometown was
full of proper English families, most being from aristocracy. The
members of Oasis tell of their early drug days, shop lifting, and hard
partying. Drugs were a major part of the bands early years and so
was hard, ear blasting rock and roll. Matthews once criticized this
behavior by Oasis as he proclaimed his own virginity in the drug world.

In typical Oasis fashion, Matthews was dismissed with swear words and the
raising of a certain finger.

Perhaps the biggest difference between
the two bands is their music and fan base. Oasis is known for literally
playing at maximum level, while Matthews has a mellower and almost soothing
concert sound level. He also has a very limited stage with little
lighting as compared to Oasis’ dazzling effects that seem to pulse with
the music. These flashing lights seem to activate the rowdy crowd
found at the typical Oasis show. The model fan is ready to jump for
two hours straight and they are the complete opposites of the usual Dave

Matthews Band fan.

While the Oasis fan hops, you notice they
casually dress in plain pants and striped T-shirts. The Dave Matthews
fan is uniformly dressed in Old Navy clothing and preppy khaki pants.

They are concerned how close they look like the person next to them and
the Oasis fan wears whatever is most clean when they wake up. In
essence, the Oasis fan cares about the music and not the scene. A

Dave Matthew’s concert is more of a college event than a rock concert.

Overall, the difference between the two
is more than clothing or lights. It is about the music and about
the people who flock for it by the masses. Each band’s sound seems
to reflect on the personalities of its devout followers. Whether
it’s a preppy, beer chugging, frat pledge or a casually dressed girl standing
on the corner whistling her favorite Oasis tune, the differences go deeper
than two categories at the music store.