I hate this band. I hate it a lot. I hate it like Coldy hates trolls. They have no talent, and Dave cannot sing. His voice sucks. They can’t even pass as a lounge band. Ohh, how I hate you Dave. You have brainwashed teens in America to think that what you do is music.
But I hate the groupies even more than the band. Dave has reached new heights in prep rock, and now his followers think that it is great music. They are killing music. Killing it in it’s fragile home.
I know the feeling. A few years ago, everyone at my school was enamored with this band. Except me. I never really heard that many songs of theirs, but I hated them so much because it felt so unoriginal to like them. And they just struck me as so bland and dull. I don’t hate them now…but still, I don’t get it. Ah well. Glad to know I’m not crazy.
And the bands with numbers in their names…<shudder> You aren’t a screen name. There’s no Blink181, for chrissake…
They have no rhythm. A good band, to me, has a nice rythm, a canvas on which to set the good sounds. Dave has none of this. The band tries to set it’s own standards so they can make up for their horrible sound. And the line “crash into me”??? What the hell?
But I don’t consider it “rock.” It’s some sort of a pop/rock /jazz blend. (I use the term ‘jazz’ loosely, please do not beat me with sticks, oh jazz purists.)
Although their later stuff, ecch-- that shit they do with background singers (“Dont drink the water”) really ticks me off. I like (and own) Crash and Under the Table and Dreaming though. Their groupies are just silly suburban sheep, do not hurt them. However, sheep have flocked to much worse bands than this one (I shall not name them here.)
“Prep rock?” :: Goddammit, this is not a genre, and if it is, I’m officially stripping it of its title.
Hey, I like Dave. While he’s not really “the man,” so to speak, his band serves as a nice platform for other musicians (some very talented too). And I enjoy the overall effect…
Everyone breaths in music differently, the essence of it is shaped by our emotions, personalities, tastes and situations. For every oil on canvas someone doesn’t find appealing, there is someone else who can find pleasurable attributes in it…
Myself a musician, even if I don’t particularly like a piece of music, I have a respect towards it.
Fuck all y’all. The Dave Matthews + Tim Reynolds acoustic shows rock. I’m not enamored with the direction he’s heading (“Listener Supported” sounded too much like saccharine Kenny G jazz for my taste) but his studio albums have been solid.
Overall assesment of DMB:
Studio albums:started out good, got overladen and pretentious.
Live shows: Generally pretty reliable.
Majority of DMB Fans: Fucking Preppie bastards.
As we can see, the main problem with Dave Matthews and his band is that (a) they have too high of an opinion of themselves, and (b) their fan base is mostly that bunch of people that we all knew in High School. You know the ones I’m talking about.
I’m going to keep buying the live albums though.