Thanks for the review. For the record, "Bo Stevens" is actually Bo Taylor.
One aspect of The Tonk I appreciate is the band member's willingness to stretch themselves. Taylor, for example, is playing drums for the first time and Lane's approach to the pedal steel, also his first time with the instrument, is clearly reverent, not gimmicky.
You spent 177 words rambling on about how much you disliked his past projects. I thought this review was about Mermaids? . The remaining 99 words, 30% of which are quotes from lyrics and not actual review content, leaves me wondering why you didn't explore the record in depth?
Silver lining is that I am now motivated to give the record a listen myself.
Tthe write up on Shawn Luby's the Giving was shockingly offensive, "Listening to a gentle singer with a supple tone and clear diction can feel like being slapped, softly, by a ballerina." WTH is that? Later in the piece she states that his voice is a predicament and a curse. Why is Shawn's voice a predicament? Robin, Barry Gibb, Elliott Smith and Jeff Buckley had similar melancholy falsetto qualities to their voices. She missed writing about Shawn's exquisite opening line in Acrobat's Affair. It's a beautiful moving metaphor. Who the hell misses that??? Someone would rather throw homophobic punches at the artist than to close their eyes and open their hearts . That song is powerful in its gentleness. That is what Humble Tripe is about. IW missed the mark, again.
Question. Is the album even good? Some albums deserve to get bad reviews . Good luck on the next one.
Thanks, Nicolay. We've now added that info here.
Just wanted to add that we are playing LIVE at LINCOLN THEATER in RALEIGH NC on Thursday October 24! Come check us out!
Whoever authorized this review to be contracted to someone not only out of town, but out of state, should be ashamed. I'm not suggesting the entire editorial board is to blame, but to Mr. Klein's position that it only takes “a pair of ears and the ability to write” to review an album, I'd say that's putting it a bit too simply. Sure, a kindergartner could write an album review, but how would that reflect on the credibility of the publication as a whole? It might be cute, which this is not, but does it accurately inform the constituency? This reviewer is not only out of touch with Raleigh's local music scene, he is out of touch with music generally and possibly with reality as well. A bad review is one thing. A review that misstates facts and presents a wildly flawed analysis is another thing entirely. I won’t get into a subjective debate of what constitutes “dead-inspired guitar noodles”, “frat-boy sophistication”, or “Southern rock”, but a few objective comments I noted:
1) Not a septet. They’re a quintet.
2) Advertised as an LP, not an EP. I’ll admit it’s a short LP, but at over 30 minutes and 7 tracks it’s better defined as an LP.
3) Gray really isn’t a frontman. Gray and Reaves are co-writers, and possibly co-frontmen, but the band performs without anyone truly taking over the role of a frontman. I’m also confused as to how a set of “ears” that didn’t read the liner notes (see #1 above) could decipher who was singing “Elephant”, and the personal attack comes off as unprofessional and spiteful (maybe Gray fucked his girlfriend?).
I don’t think we, the readers of the Independent Weekly, have to worry about seeing Mr. Parker’s reviews in Rolling Stone anytime soon, and I encourage you to go see this band perform and decide for yourself whether they pass muster. I hope that the Indy editorial staff will consider employing local next time, be the review positive or negative.
Dear Concerned Reader,
I understand that you did not like what the writer said, or the way he said it, but as a member of the Indy editing staff who you feel should be ashamed of the above article, I'd like to point out that a writer's physical location has no bearing on his or her ability to write a 270-word review about a collection of songs. All that's required is a pair of ears and the ability to write. Also, why should the Indy editing staff be ashamed about what one writer wrote? No one took a vow to protect and defend the Raleigh music scene from sarcastic reviews. Were we supposed to get up on our desks in protest? We cover a lot of local music. Some of it our reviewers like more than others. This was an especially harsh takedown--I get that, and a lot of the previous comments make strong points, but let's not indict the whole editorial staff because of one nasty review.
Shame on you, Grayson Currin and the rest of the Indy editing staff, for allowing the Independent, a local Raleigh publication, to become a forum for Midwestern internet trolls to trash independent music written, recorded, promoted, and performed in YOUR town. Nuclear Honey is a band of five (not seven – check your facts) Raleigh natives with true, organic Raleigh influence – something about which your “staff writer” Chris Parker has much to learn. Parker, a self-proclaimed “music scribe” residing in Cleveland, Ohio -- yes, Ohio -- has proven through this review that he spends much more time thinking about reasons why “Cleveland Rocks” than he does about Raleigh music and its local influences. Please keep the Independent what it was meant to be, a local editorial on local music, art, and culture. And please don’t outsource your reviews to the out-of-state low bidder with little feel for what the triangle scene is all about.
Douche bag, check. Cliche writing, check. Repressed homoerotic undertones, check. Thesaurus bookmarked on desktop, check. Hackneyed and trite metaphors check, check and check.
Hey Chris, the only thing in this column worse than your smarmy demeanor was your nonsensical and seemingly random use of the "Thesaurus" button when trying to insult people with actual talent and who also lost their virginity before 25 (obviously unlike yourself, a point of jealousy for you I'm sure). This steaming pile of shit article is a great argument against the first amendment - jealous, smug pricks who use the Counting Crows, Allman Brothers, and John Mayer as comparisons FOR THE SAME BAND should not be allowed to display their utter lack of musical knowledge or literary talent to the general public. I found a more intruiging, insightful article scribbled on the side of a bathroom wall - where, coincidentally, your mother's phone number was available for "a good, toothless time". Here's some free advice, unlike that child pyschologist you were sent to because you were as well liked as Hitler growing up - quit journalism entirely, you're awful and extremely petty and having shit smeared across a computer screen is better than reading your articles..
Who the fuck is Chris Parker? Keeps dictionary close at hand. Check. Uses big words to sound intellectual (mimesis- fuck you). Check. Has stick firmly lodged in ass. Check. Pull that stick out of your ass and quit shitting in your own backyard.
Did someone hurt your feelings? What's the problem with self writte, self promoted, self produced local music? Not enough tattoos or tight pants? I encourage everyone to see this band, and make their own conclusions
Stream the album online here --> http://jacktheradio.bandcamp.com
LiLa's music is unbelievably hype and I think that IV supports this claim. It certainly doesn't "eat away at one's listening time". LiLa is awesome, and IV, along with the rest of their music, is worth listening to. The show on Friday was incredible. I agree with some of the previous comments, I don't think anyone will be outgrowing LiLa's music or energy.
I'm not a longtime Lila fan, so I don't feel the need to defend their honor like some other commenters. That said, as a reviewer, you should know a term like "bro band" is a loaded term that comes with connotations - primarily negative ones. If that's what you meant, you should own up to and explain your reasoning up front. Instead, you bury it in a clause of a complex sentence. That's not fair to Lila or any band you review.
Personally, Lila's rapping veers a bit too close to the rap-core style of Linkin Park for my own tastes. But see how I did that? Explained WHY I liked/disliked something before unilaterally declaring it as "_______"?!
I recognize that all reviews are opinion pieces, but casually dropping such a definitive (& possibly the review's strongest) assertion strikes me as irresponsible, careless, or both.
@missbliss Enlighten me. What does "bro band" mean?
I find this review silly. This band is awesome, everyone is entitled to their own opinions but I think calling Lila a Bro band is ridiculous, do you know what a bro band means? And considering the fact that Lila has sold out every venue they've played in Durham I doubt we will be 'outgrowing' the awesome sounds and shows they put on.
Thank you for taking the time to review LiLa's new album. I don't think you quite grasp who these guys are, especially when you refer to them as a "six-man bro band". These guys are great at what they do and put all their heart and soul into the music. If you want a better rendition, please come out to the release party at the Cradle on Friday so you can hear these songs with the energy and passion that LiLa brings to the stage.
Thanks for review-- LiLa has without a doubt some of the hyp-est concerts in Durham, and I don't think IV is going to change any of that. Partially agree with some of production critique but that has never been the reason to listen to LiLa-- I don't think they will stop giving Durham (or Chapel Hill, Friday) or anywhere else a packed and pulsing show, and that's what it has always been about for me and plenty of other folks. IV doesn't lack any of the thoughtful lyrics or jamming beats that we love from LiLa and I find it hard to believe Durham's going to outgrow those guys anytime soon
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