Autostrad was an expressive band, and all six members express themselves as their unique selves, not trying to fit a mold like other local artists. They were all genuine and the members express their individuality it in their music, making it different than the majority of the musicians releasing songs at the time and in the area. The music expressed what they were feeling and what they wanted the message of their music to be their own instead of the popular messages that lyrics are normally focused around. The band Autostrad influenced young bands to start writing, recording, and releasing music. The Amman scene is still growing, and Autostrad’s influence on smaller artists to start releasing music into the genre so it can continue to grow. The band playing at music festivals that mainly draw in a younger crowd has allowed the group to grow and it also inspires others to join the Amman music scene. The band toured in the United States and had a large crowd at all of the concerts during the tour because their main focus isn't on the music which is different from people in the United States are used to. The Red Bull SoundClash gave the band the reputation of Indie Ambassadors. This is because the music resembles the Indie music genre in the United States, but this
3 Gorman undersells their sound and lyrics. The band performs infrequently, so them landing a gig at such a big music festival in a different area was a big deal. Attending concerts and performances by the band is described as an exchange of positive energy by the members of the band and their fans. The band tries to have more than just music making them likable, and their unique and independent style along with the energy they bring to their music and performances makes them different their competition. During the year 2012, the band members had many fans criticizing them for one of their decisions. Autostrad planned on playing in Palestine and obtained Israeli visas. At the time, there was a boycott against Isreal, and applying for the visas backfired when fans and political activists found out. They were planning on performing in 5 areas including Jerusalem and the band played a concert in Nazareth. When all of the controversies hit, lead singer, Yazan Al Rousan, didn't think to have the band go and play in his homeland should have been since a big dilemma (Rawashdeh, 2015). Autostrad broke the boycott with Isreal by applying for the visa, but the main reason they did it was through the idealist approach that it would encourage more people to change their perspective and “change the reality” caused by globalization. The band didn’t succeed in their
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- Music, Indie rock, Autostrad, GormanKendall Gorman