We Hate San Diego
by Jay Allen Sanford 02.04.07
Editors Note: Pollard couldn't be more wrong. We're in the biggest border metropolis in the world. This BS reads like an ancient tired, untested opinion that's starting to piss me off. True, artists may not get treated very well, but this town puts out some great music, and the complacent verbiage is old and hollow.
A cinemablend.com review of Unwritten Law's new CD "The Hit List" calls them "a band whose biggest concern is about their surf boards getting a bad wax job.Their attempt to rejuvenate old sounds with new members results in a big blah.Maybe these songs didn't need to be reworked. The differences are subtle and add no further substance, sometimes even making them worse.This could be one of the negative effects of a band with a revolving door. The new members don't have the same kindred attachment to the music that previous members had."
A Seton Hall University newspaper review of +44's debut album says "Hoppus, Barker and several members of Barker's dead side project the Transplants, attempted to blend Blink with keyboards and some hints of indie electronica.The album is a very disappointing effort as it creates nothing new with sound or music. It still smells of the harsh cleaning products the band, the producers or both used to sanitize the album. There are many tracks that sound like Blink copies.something is severely lacking on this album as from there the album quickly slides downwards with forgettable song after forgettable song."
Former Guided By Voices singer Robert Pollard recently told the Washington Square News " I like the contrast in seasons and weather. It makes the nice weather better. You live in San Diego , you become complacent. I can't imagine there's much creativity out there. I think the changes in seasons helps you.But, San Diego , Jesus, I can't imagine living there and dealing with sun every single day. I know quite a few people that I grew up with that moved out there, and they're always boasting about how fucking nice it is and how they'll never go back to Dayton [ Ohio ]."
After the Benevento/Russo Duo played downtown's House Of Blues, keyboardist Marco Benevento told allbolutjazz.com "We hit the road hard and we've gone through our fair share of gigs where we weren't a sensation or anything like that.We just played San Diego on a Monday night, and there weren't many people there. We didn't get treated very, very nicely.people are like, 'Huh? Duo? Ben Veneeto?' But it seems like this is what I'm supposed to be doing."
At least someone likes our city. After the Haunted played San Diego November 22, frontman Peter Dolving posted in his blog "Soma is kinda sleazy but it has a great staff and kids come out for having a good time. Wadda you know!? Besides, the ocean and lazy seals at the beach always beats a glass pyramid and monster hotels [as in Las Vegas ]. Also, chicks in San Diego are cuter. Less makeup, more dance-around laughing and rocking out."
Keyboardist Marco Benevento of the Benevento/Russo Duo
The Haunted, Peter Dolving 11-23 blog post
Unwritten Law review 11-20
Pollard/Guided By Voices, Washington Square News article 11-17
Blink solo reviews in the Setonian, from Seton Hall University