Burke, we may as well be the same person. I, very well, could have written the same post without seeing yours.
I can’t really stand this band either, but it’s mostly because I can’t escape it. Had it been played moderately, instead of twice an hour on every radio station for the past two years, I think I’d be able to tolerate it at this point. I don’t have high expectations for lyrical content, and the melodies have merit. The biggest problem I have with them, musically, is that the instrumentation isn’t terribly dynamic — every song does the same thing.
The fake part seems unfounded too. I actually met these guys once, without knowing who they were until later. All I knew is that they were some band in town who were hanging out with friends of mine at a bar. Seemed genuine to me, really excited to be on the road playing music together, not unlike anyone else who has ever been in a band.
And, too often, I have to think about the kind of money DJs make at the expense of musicians. I just can’t help but think a truly live act, no backing tracks or off-stage musicians, experiencing this level of success cannot be a bad thing. At least they embody qualities of live music performance that I actually value, simplistic or not.
Actually, the British more commonly called the sport soccer in its formative years. Too bad it didn’t evolve from a 90-minute aimless drag, played by flopping girly-men, as its name evolved into “football”.
Holy crap, “Hi-Speed Soul” was phenomenal with the new backing members. I may have to catch this tour if it comes this way…
Steve Albini did not record the version of Boxcar included on Jawbreaker’s “24-Hour Revenge Therapy”. It was re-recorded upon arriving home from tour, before the record was released — same with “Condition: Oakland”.
Albini’s version can be found on the internet. It sounds a lot looser and quite a bit slower.