Tag Archives: Breakdown

Breakdown: Young & Brave- Young & Brave

15 Sep

I can’t help but feel a pang of sorrow over the loss of my beloved The Mendoza Line, but Young & Brave‘s eponymous first full length gives me hope Continue reading

Breakdown: Live Nation + Ticketmaster= We’re fucked

3 Mar

Recently the web has been rampant with commentary over the Proposed Live Nation, Ticketmaster merger, information has been all over the place, and I decided to post a few selections from around the web with a bit of commentary. you’ll find allot after the jump. Continue reading

Breakdown: The Ars Supernova Saturday, February 28th at The Door in Dallas.

27 Feb

ed. Once a week an in-depth breakdown of an upcoming show, album, band, film, art event will be published on this site. Hopefully on Thursdays or Fridays, it all depends on how lazy the writer is being.

Honestly I promised myself I wouldn’t make the first of these a gigantic “slag the fuck out of a band” piece, but I read these people’s myspace profile, and I couldn’t resist. Seriously, take a look at this.

“The Ars Supernova begins with a rock band. It continues as the group defies the mainstream sound and sculpts a form of rock with powerful, soul vocals. The composition echoes the work of Vince DiCola, Dream Theater or even classical influences while hints of artists like Queen and John Legend surround the style. If it isn’t the poetic vocals taking the lead, it’s the harmonizing guitar and violin, or the groove of the rhythm section acting to move the song along with the emotion of the story being told.”

For real? I mean these guys seriously fucking posted that, and expect people to take them at face value? I’m not even going to bother to anaylze this, because you’re not idiots, you can fully tell why that’s the most/least pretentious write up of all time. Do people actually listen to those bands?

It makes things all the better that their pull-quotes on their site that praise them, all come from writers featured in their top friends. Listen, i admit I hold a bit of a hatred from this band, steaming from the fact that a close friend of mine has alerted me to their shenanigans (like spending 150,00 of their own..ne parents money to finance a video) and i cannot abide the fact that they think they’re getting away with this shit.

Now as to their show on Saturday, a CD realese party that’s occuring here in Dallas, that happens to be their 3rd such show in the past month for a vanity project that has obvious puffed up reviews on itunes. In fact it seems the only legit review on there is rather inflamatory of their work. Here have a look.

“Representing the absolute worst of the fringes of Top 40 radio The Ars Supernova’s Lumina ascends to the highest level of mediocrity, and that’s not even scratching the surface of how bad this is. The bands instrumentals are sonically middling at best, while it’s lyrics bridge the gap from terribly stock to headache inducing normality. As you delve further into the album you come to realize that the band is less concerned with finding an artistic voice, and more interested in becoming an amalgam of the lowest common denominators in hopes of hooking themselves to a sound that will have a relevance to the masses of unadventurous listeners who use the radio as nothing more then filler for the silence that they unabashedly deserve. This isn’t so much music, as it is a Target esq 4th generation regurgitation of a style whose season has long since passed. Honestly,  this is what happens when kids with two much money decide to take a hobby a bit too seriously. Save your money or invest in a Now That’s What I Call Music collection, at least those bands only rip themselves off. Rating, Faux Yellowcard.”

That review isn’t harsh enough, imagine if The Fray and some other insipid band had terrible, terrible sex, that wouldn’t even be what this is.  These people will get no links from me, they don’t deserve your time, or money. Really the only reason to go see their show would be to heckle them for being so terrible. I’m not joking when i say this could be the worst band in the world.