It’s hard not to get upset when a music critic blasts a few of your favorite musicians—and when I say favorite, I mean seeing-them-in-concert-more-than-once-I-know-lyrics-inside-and-out-while-they-are-apart-of-my-morning-commute kind of favorite—it’s hard not to be upset, right? But he is doing his job.
The article makes sense once I forget whom he is writing about. What bugs me is that he fails to mention in more depth the pop, Auto-tuned, overplayed radio noise, whose artists are “devoid of personality” more in the article. This was my favorite part—the part that made sense:
Unlike the casual music fan, the professional music writer is also very conscious that every decision to listen to something comes with a cost: the time that could have been spent listening to something else. Those descriptions of Foster the People as “fizzy” or Young the Giant as “devoid of personality” are really asking whether there isn’t some better music their fans could be enjoying. Think of it this way: Listening to these bands is like masturbating for the third time in a day when there’s a line of attractive people right outside your door, begging to have sex with you. Wanking it may be an easy way to get off. But the grouchy music critics know that there are greater, wilder pleasures right nearby.
And when a guy can get his point across in an apparently well-crafted masturbation metaphor, I guess he has something going for him.
Things That Music Critics Hate: Foster The People, Cage The Elephant, Young The Giant, Portugal. The Man
Let’s call this group of bands “gateway indie rock with bad band names”: The big dog here is obviously Foster the People, but fellow entry-level party-rockers Young the Giant, Cage the Elephant, and Portugal. The Man are all basically doing the same thing: Derivative, anthemic guitar rock built on optimistic melodies and pop-friendly arrangements. In the case of Foster the People, there’s a healthy smidgen of synth-pop thrown in there for danceability points. (Read more) | Ian S. Port
Young The Giant’s response
Haters gonna hate. Screw Em #sfweekly. Can’t wait to prove all these bitches wrong on the new album. Writing is coming along splendidly. Got more creativity in my pinky finger than this writer does in his whole existence.
Realize that it’s always a struggle to be the bigger man. We are normally pretty good/used to it because hate is inevitable. But hey, we are humans and we fudge up sometimes. Messin with us is one thing, but hey ;) you don’t mess with our friends foster, cage, and Portugal !!!
In all seriousness, we don’t write anything for anyone but ourselves and we are so happy we have support and the love of all y’all out there who actually enjoy it.