This piece by Seattle Weekly got me thinking. We feel that at times we have been effected by the stupidity, carelessness and sheer un-productiveness of a saddening amount of un-original journalists brandishing our music, as well as others, with the mind-numbingly macabre bullshit word choice of the “grunge revival”.
"Calling a band “grunge” in 2013 feels like calling modern, upbeat piano music “ragtime.”" - Seattle Weekly
"But back in ’93, while the debate about Seattle’s authenticity raged on, the kids who worshipped the music didn’t give a damn. They were all in elementary school, and didn’t even know what “cred” meant. They just liked the tunes." - Seattle Weekly
With our new record’s release in April, I hope for their careers sake that some of these “journalists” have been given a fucking dictionary/thesaurus set for Christmas. Let’s put the words “fuzzy”, “scuzzy” and “lo-fi” to the slaughter please. It’s kind of funny, because I wasn’t really aware that we were making a “lo-fi” debut album when we went into that studio that had thousands of pounds worth of gear in it? Same goes for our sophomore. We started out recording with “lo-fi” equipment because it’s all that we had access too and yeah, it sounds totally great! But, we always wanted to make more spacious recordings if we were lucky enough to get the chance!
We have a great love for lo-fi music, but I just don’t think that because some folks choose to have some crunchy tones on their vocal takes and a big room sound on their tubs…it’s enough to slap that lo-fi sticker on the sleeve.
So, I’m sorry but, come on! Grunge? Seriously? This was a fucking musical movement that started in the late 1980’s in the Pacific Northwest of America and died a terrible tragic death in 1994 (to some extent at the hands of fucking journalists!). In it’s brief existence it even appeared to be completely resented by those at the core of that movement once it was branded with a name.
Let’s hope 2014 feels fresher for everyone pouring their hearts into creating. Free from worry from journalists looking for a quick buck/repost/top 10 worst article title inclusion on buzzfeed at the end of the year. Don’t get me wrong, our band couldn’t give one solitary fuck about what the media makes of our music. However, we are so, so, SO grateful, thankful and ultimately lucky for the amazing amounts of positivity we have received from the majority of the press publications that have written about us. But there are a small, annoying number of writers with fingers in their ears just drooling words onto a page without REALLY LISTENING that need to be weeded out.
I’m sorry for barking. I guess Christmas time, end of year lists and brief summaries of a lot of musicians hard work get’s me ripped.
Please god, please. Let 2014 be free of such brandishing and trends. If not, give me a gun. Give me a gun so I can blast myself into oblivion before the Hair Metal revival 2k14 hits.
As for the real preachers, believers, prophets and followers in the grunge revival out there, lemme know how the Swim Deep and Peace sophomore records turn out…
Love during war time,
Fuck yeah Chastity Belt…