So Woe retweeted 5 kids last night who said VERY positive things about the album.
I reached out to all those kids on Twitter for their opinions - not interested in criticizing them as much as hearing what they enjoy about the album, and what other bands they listen to.
You can follow it all on my Twitter - @JackMEB.
I have no interest in this band and will never listen to this album. If I did I’m sure I’d hate it. But at some point we have to acknowledge that there’s a distinct group who appreciate this stuff and just let it go
That doesn’t mean the album deserves no review. It should be honestly assessed and, if it deserves a 5% rating, then so be it. Lazy, uninspired music should be labeled as such. There’s a distinction, though, between writing a review and bothering kids on Twitter for your amusement. Yeah, it was overtly respectful, but call a spade a spade: “LOL this kid loves Woe is Me but has never heard of letlive! What an idiot! LULZ!” A lot of kids clearly enjoy simplistic heavy music laden with breakdowns. (Which is why, by the way, that references to Touche Amore and La Dispute are utterly idiotic—those bands couldn’t be more dissimilar from Risecore dreck.)
Instead of not-so-subtly snickering at these kids, let’s focus on promoting the bands more deserving of success. The means of doing that isn’t to convert Woe is Me fans who, by looking at those Twitter responses, listen to a miniscule number of albums compared to the average AP.net poster. Those of us in the “scene” who have been around for awhile, understand its development, and have digested a huge quantity of music can’t allow ourselves to be shocked when a kid in high school hears his first breakdown in an Attack Attack song and thinks holy shit what is this!
Shitty music isn’t going anywhere.