To Walk a Middle Course

Reviewed by: Stewart Voegtlin
Reviewed on: 2005-05-24

Posted 05/24/2005 - 11:18:10 AM by Conformity:
 This is easly one of the worst written reviews I've ever read. How the fuck did this get past an editor without someone putting this guy's desire to masturbate on his computer on a public forum? Here's a little tip, from one reviewer to another. -No one cares about how you feel in regards to the band's hometown. -No one wants to read your fucking observations on Adbusters. -That's great that you can say that Kylesa "offer an anthem as a begreased proletarian would offer a torch", but the fact is, these guys sleep in a fucking van and play their hearts out. Stop writing to impress people, and start writing to let people know what the fucking music sounds like. A band never has been, and never will be a "taut, annular beast". If this review is anything but a joke, if I met you, I would punch you in the face on behalf of the entire internet. What utter fucking shit.
Posted 05/24/2005 - 04:05:52 PM by drmodern:
 I couldn't disagree more, Conformity. Quite on the contrary, I think Stewart's review here is actually quite interesting, and, even if one doesn't much care for his impressionistic, thesaurus-addled vocabulary, his position on the band is a compelling one. Myself a native of Savannah, GA, I can say that Stewart's impressions of the city are accurate, and I think his idea of how the scene informs the band's relevance is well-phrased. Furthermore, you perhaps misunderstand the word "proletarian" when you attempt to upend Stewart's use of it by suggesting that these guys "sleep in a fucking van." That's exactly what a proletarian would do! The metaphor works quite well (as do most of them, in my opinion)! And although the part about Adbusters is tangential, Stewart's points are salient there as well. Punch him in the face on behalf of the entire internet? How about pat him on the back?
Posted 05/24/2005 - 06:33:16 PM by Conformity:
 Awesome, you're also a fucking retard. And you missed my point. I wasn't saying that uh...sleeping in a van was somehow uncharacteristic of what a proletariat would do, I was saying that they're just a fucking band. stop romanticizing what they do, it actually makes the music even more meaningless.
Posted 05/25/2005 - 08:56:46 AM by drmodern:
 I'm not sure I see why a little romanticizing makes the music "even more meaningless" (was it meaningless in the first place?). I think what Stewart's done here that I like so much is to provide one a context (both geographic and ideological) in which to view a band's work. There's nothing meaningless about that.
Posted 05/27/2005 - 01:16:28 AM by IanMathers:
 Reviewers that think people who feel differently than they do are "retarded", think music is meaningless and personify the old Vonnegut quote about a mounted knight assaulting a creampuff - yes, the internet needs more people like Conformity.