Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield has branded the modern music industry "depressing", because the charts are full of pop and "gap year music".
The Welsh musician fears most upcoming rock groups will only enjoy a brief stint in the spotlight as they aren't completely dedicated to making records, leaving the singles countdown packed with pop and R&B songs.
And Bradfield admits he rarely finds a new band that takes his interest any more.
He says, "I think it is still easy to fall in love with a record but it's not so easy to fall in love with a band. I don't look at a band now and think that it is going to be amazing or a great band. I don't see a story unfolding with bands because it is gap year music. It seems like somebody has said, 'I think I'll do an album then my dad will give me a job in the accountancy firm'...
"I was looking at the Top 40 and it's like the indie wars never happened. It's as if Manchester, Seattle and Britpop never existed. Britpop meant guitar bands were in the top five every week. For a guitar band to be in the Top 40 now is a rare thing. It's all pop music. It is really depressing."