Everybody's entitled to his opinion, and it's not like every single review can or should be positive. But the Indy's been hostile toward Delta Rae ever since the band started playing shows. With each subsequent predictably negative write-up (even the cover story was dripping in thinly veiled condescension), it gets harder and harder to take any of this seriously as music journalism. We get it, guys. You're way too cool for them. Move on?
I appreciate that, but I think as a local band Delta Rae deserved better treatment than they got here. It's not that I disagree with the assessment, it's that I disagree with the way the review was framed.
So we have a local band, just starting out, who puts some money together and puts out their own album. In the process they pick up a crowd of diehard local fans and inject a ton of excitement and fresh energy into the Triangle music scene -- and bring out a couple of big name artists who come down to Durham just to have the opportunity to play with them.
Then we have a local paper, who rather than embracing a homegrown, undisputedly talented group of kids, decides to take the first possible opportunity to dismiss them; treats them like they're phonies, like they're just masquerading as "a couple of poor Southern kids." Seriously? Is this not a North Carolina independent paper? Is the concept of being "poor" and "Southern," and young and struggling, really that hackneyed? Look around!
I think it would be pretty nice if our local paper could support our local artists. But obviously being cool and critical doesn't allow much room for appreciating authentic, sincerely expressed emotion.
Just a minor clarification: the lyric is "So young we started in love, too old to start again now." The misquote in the article doesn't quite make sense.
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