Interview: Wildheart

A few days ago I got to talking with Cody Vaillant, vocalist for Toronto rockers Wildheart.  The band delivers a sweaty, riff-heavy sound that conjures thoughts of acts like Buckcherry and Red Hot Chili Peppers with classic rock sensibilities.  They just announced an Eastern Canada tour, and I figured we should shoot Cody a few questions and get to know the five-piece (also featuring guitarists Lewis Mrotzek and Scotty B. Goode, bassist Renee Parr and drummer Mike Parr) better.

Upon first listen, I found you guys had a classic rock vibe. Is that conscious, or are you just heavily influenced by that genre?

Unconsciously I guess we do tend to gravitate to that sonic spectrum. The majority of us are heavily influenced by early blues, 60’s and 70’s (some 80’s) era rock and that, without a doubt, gets in your bones and infects your very style with that soul and groove that those golden years are so well known for.

Consciously we are aware of this and we do not fight it…we all have more contemporary and current influences as well but they are less common pools we tend to draw from. Modern music is missing that human factor and has been for a few decades. Everything is too polished and perfect and we are the kind of artists that enjoy the quirks, inconsistencies, improvisation and imperfections that each magic musical moment can potentially bring. We embrace our roots.

Subconsciously I think we might just want to be a part of that musical heritage. The artists of the past are our mythology if you will. Just paying homage to our elders and trying to learn and grow into something new that they might still approve of.

All that being said i think we can hold our own along side “modern” sounding acts…whatever that really means.

Who are your favourite (modern) artists? Anyone in the Toronto scene you especially dig?

We are so proud of our fellow Canadian acts. Flash Lightnin’ are killers and have just come off a huge tour with ZZ Top. I think they have a record coming out like right now as we speak…umm…we are good pals with the boys in the Sheepdogs, Monster Truck is blowing up. So many good ol’ classic sounds from new fresh acts re-imagining and reinventing rock and roll. Oh! and we have to rant and rave about the wonderful Ladies Of The Canyon. Class act rockin’ gals. We are playing our Montreal date with them at Barfly on June 28th to kind of kick this tour off. So many more good bands coming out of TO and Canada…we just hope that some of them might be championed by the fans and industry enough to erase the stain of Nickelback from our country’s music profile haha.

You just had a less-than-cordial Twitter exchange with the blog Ontario Rock. What was behind that?

I honestly do not know what to tell you haha. I log on and I see this guy has posted a review or something about our EP Gypsy Soul. First thoughts are “cool thanks man” but then i click on it and see that not only does he hate our music but he felt the need to upload the tracks to a file sharing site and publish the link with the review. Now I am not going to sit here and give you the Napster/Metallica rant and how file sharing is killing music because it is not…record labels signing and pushing shit bands with a couple good songs is what has killed the industry….BUT who file sharing does hurt is the independent, young, fresh and fledgling band who play dark dank little bars every weekend struggling to sell physical copies and downloads to anyone who might have a spare five bucks and two f#%ks to give. We do not have label support or a legal team or managers and accountants…we have an online Bandcamp store front, 1000 CDs, a big white van, overdrawn bank accounts and maxed visa cards…when you download our music for free we can’t make more…and that hurts new artists more than a bad review ever could. So….I called him a dick..haha.

Your Gypsy Soul EP came out in January, and you made ten limited edition copies on cassette. With vinyl being all the rage again, what made you choose that throwback format?

It was an absolute afterthought for fun. A few friends made a joke about how I still listen to tapes at home so i thought it would be a good laugh…they sold out in like one night….people want more. Who knew? haha. We really want to do some vinyl soon too. Hint Hint.

What are the main short and long-term goals for Wildheart at this point?

Short term: Tour this EP, record the next one, tour it, record the next one, tour it, put out full length album on vinyl….tour it?

Long term: Quit our day jobs…get signed…or not…it really does not matter because we will just keep doing this until we can’t. The next goal is always just more, bigger, better and louder.

Eastern Canada tour dates:

June 28th: Montreal, QC – Barfly
July 1st: Peterborough, ON – The Spill
July 2nd: Quebec City, QC – L’Agitee
July 3rd: Halifax, NS – Michael’s Bar & Grill
July 4th: Hampton, NB – Shiretown Publicans
July 6th: Ottawa, ON – The Rainbow Bistro

An Open Letter To Deryck Whibley

 Dear Deryck,

What you’ve been through the past several weeks has been absolutely devestating, and Sum 41 fans and non-fans – hell, decent human beings – alike are glad you made it through.  Recently you were very open about your medical struggles related to years of excessive drinking, and that must’ve been a hard thing to do.  An artist sharing something this personal, in such open fashion, is obviously very caring of his fans.  Not only that, it’s refreshing…not that you ever hope to hear something like this.  The pictures were startling, but they were proof positive of the effects of substance abuse.  This might even deter someone from going down that path.

Saturday on your official website, you posted a message thanking everyone for their well-wishes and gifts, and ended it with “I will be better soon and back out on stage before you know it.”  It’s great that you’re in good spirits and everyone looks forward to that day, but dude, don’t rush.  Your kidney and liver failed.  You almost died.  A recent picture says it all:

That’s actually a touching picture: walking hand-in-hand with your fiancee and mom, them looking out for you.  But, you look like hell, and it’s totally understandable.  A band is a band, but your health comes first.  No doubt you’re fine financially, so take as much time as you need and come back 100%.  There’s no sense in any false starts, especially with a career as intense as that of a full-time musician.  A truly healthy Deryck Whibley is best for Sum 41, Sum 41 fans, your loved ones and most of all, you.  No doubt you’re very thankful just to be alive, and full of new found hope and ideas that you want to act on ASAP.  But again, don’t rush: this was for real, and a Deryck Whibley that goes on hiatus (or outright retires) but lives is better than a Deryck Whibley that comes back too fast and truly goes out like a rock star.

With well-wishes for my fellow native of Durham Region,

Kevin Bottaro
The Perfect Scene

The Internet For Musicians: Awesome And Essential, But Often A Cesspool

 The internet is a phenomenal thing.  Musician sites like Bandcamp and ReverbNation, social media like Facebook and Twitter and direct-to-fan and crowd funding options like Kickstarter provide artists and their fans with an incredibly accessible and personal relationship.  The great thing about connecting like this is everyone, big or small, gets a voice.  The bad thing about connecting like this is everyone, big or small, gets a voice.

This post’s title picture comes from Alternative Press’ Facebook, and features comments on a story about former Every Avenue guitarist Jimmie Deeghan joining country band Florida Georgia Line.  Granted, this isn’t from a single artist’s page (where those kind of comments aren’t usually seen beyond “why can’t your new stuff sound like *insert old album here*) but it’s indicative of what people on the internet will say.  Fact is, social media and other sites are a great way to connect with people: fans want to get to know you on a personal level, and will be happy to interact.  Often though, it’s the haters who are the loudest.

Haters, trolls, call them what you will are people that say things just to be assholes.  They exist for musicians, athletes, actors and actresses and anyone else with a hint of celebrity.  People will rightly comment back with “why comment if you don’t care?” and stuff like that, and while it’s true, it’s no fun for the hater.  I think YouTube comments are the worst of the worst, but Twitter allows people to say whatever they want directly to you.  You can block people, but you can’t accept a friend request, can’t delete others’ posts and you don’t want your account to be private if you’re an artist.  The access is unparalleled in the internet world, but people can be vicious.  When it comes to responding to haters in any platform, I don’t think it’s a bad thing – just know that it’s probably gonna go in circles.  You’ll respond, they’ll respond back, maybe others chime in supporting either side, it’s just a gong show and you’ll be thinking to yourself:

Really, the people who like you are less likely to tell you.  They’ll just enjoy you and go about their day, not feeling the need to randomly say “hey you guys rock”.  The haters will always talk, because that’s what they do.  Don’t let them get to you, and don’t get discouraged by a bad album review or whatever else pops up.  Just do your thing, live your life and don’t waste time with people who don’t want to be part of that ride.  Georgia pop-punk band Like Mike basically nails it:

Instead of replying to people who talk shit about you, why don’t you tell the people who talk you up that you appreciate them?
— Like Mike (@likemikega) April 17, 2014

True story: if someone tells you (or you just see them say) that they like you, thank them.  It’ll make their day, and they’ll tell people how nice and great you are.

The internet is full of great things that totally enhance the experience and business of being a musician.  Like anything, there’s a bad side, but try not to get too sucked into it.  It’s natural to be offended, but your time is valuable – ignore those who drink Haterade.

Jarrod Alonge Spoofs The Scene With Videos, And It’s Hilarious

 I don’t know where I’ve been, but it was only this week that I discovered the hilarity that is Jarrod Alonge.  Jarrod lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee and makes videos that spoof our beloved scene.  He draws from lyrics, stage banter and beyond to create videos that are both “helpful” and cliche.  For instance, his “Every *insert genre here* Vocalist” series.  Take “Every Pop-Punk Vocalist”:

Or, “Every Metalcore Vocalist”:

How about “Every Hardcore Vocalist”:

You get it, and there are many more “Every ______” videos too.  This week, Alonge released a video for his spoof band Sunrise Skater Kids’ new song “Pop Punk Pizza Party”.  It features fellow YouTuber and musician Patty Walters, and is, intentionally of course, the most cliche pop-punk song ever.  It’s also legitimately awesome:

That’s seriously good, haha.  Judging by his YouTube channel, Alonge has been doing scene spoofs for around a year, and I’m sorry I just found out about them.  If you haven’t watched this stuff, you should.  Also, know that he’s a fan – you don’t need to get all offended.  Just laugh, man.  Well done sir!

Scene Specific: New Jersey

America’s most densely-populated state lies entirely within the New York City and Philadelphia metro areas, but stands on its own in music as well as anything.  New Jersey has one of the most important scenes in the underground, and for my money the best one this side of California.  With this past weekend’s Skate and Surf – held in Asbury Park – fresh in our minds, let’s highlight some of the state’s solid artists:

Midtown: The New Brunswick pop-punk band were one of the best from the Drive-Thru Records heyday, and were on their way to big things when they called it a day in 2005.  If you’re not as familiar with them, their song “Give It Up” from 2004’s Forget What You Know appeared on the Spiderman 2 soundtrack. Bassist/vocalist Gabe Saporta went on to form Cobra Starship, but the band has since reunited for a few shows – including this past weekend’s Skate and Surf – and are pondering a new album.  If that happened, it would be interesting to see if the sound would continue with Forget What You Know’s alt-rock darkness (although maybe not) or return to the sound of Save The World, Lose The Girl and Living Well Is The Best Revenge.

Saves The Day: Chris Conley and friends – seriously, they’ve had a ton of lineup changes beyond their frontman – have gone from melodic hardcore to pop-punk to indie rock over the course of eight albums. Throughout, the Princeton act (also now with guitarist Arun Bali, bassist Rodrigo Palma and drummer Dennis Wilson) have held it down with Conley’s evocative lyrics, three-part concept albums and one of the most revered scene releases of the 2000s in Stay What You Are.  Now back on their original label Equal Vision, they’ve grown while coming full-circle at the same time.

Ace Enders:  Best known as the frontman of The Early November, Enders also has the notable side project I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody’s Business and Ace Enders & A Million Different People, the latter of which has the excellent “Reaction” for something you should check out right now.  The Hammonton native also once barbecued for fans before every show on a tour, which is ballin’.

Bouncing Souls: Another New Brunswick act, the Bouncing Souls formed in the late eighties and are known for fast, light-hearted blasts of punk rock.  A longtime Epitaph Records favourite, the band released their latest effort, 2012’s Comet, on Rise Records.  The mention of that label leads us to our next artist….

Man Overboard: …and the segue is complete (see because they’re also on Rise).  With a motto of “Defend Pop-Punk” and a corresponding official website name, you know what genre these guys are.  Named after the blink-182 song, Man Overboard are part of pop-punk’s newest wave with Fireworks, The Wonder Years, Real Friends and others.  They good, yo.

The Parlor Mob:  The musical mecca of New Jersey is probably Asbury Park.  It’s where Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi cut their chops at the legendary Stone Pony, and where indie rock and the “Jersey Shore sound” continue to flourish.  The Parlor Mob are from Asbury Park, and do their rock with a dose of blues, pinch of soul, dusting of punk and riffing galore.  You may know their song “Everything You’re Breathing For” from the “MLB 09: The Show” soundtrack.  As one of my bucket list places to visit, I had to mention some appropriate music from Asbury Park in this edition of “Scene Specific”.

Senses Fail:  Doing post-hardcore with themes of spirituality, literature and more, Ridgewood’s Senses Fail are a unique blend through five albums, the latest being 2013’s Renacer.  Singer Buddy Nielsen is all that’s left of the original lineup, and as the band gets more lyrically optimistic (Renacer means “reborn” in Spanish, and it feels that way) maybe fresh members will benefit them.  Also, New Jersey is aggressive and boisterous, says Nielsen.

New Jersey though, am I right?  That’s without even getting into stuff like the legendary Misfits, sorely missed My Chemical Romance and Thursday, and critical darlings The Gaslight Anthem.  Not to mention past festivals like The Bamboozle, which evolved from Skate and Surf and then back into Skate and Surf, basically.  If you ever wanted to live somewhere just based on its music, the Garden State is a top-notch choice.

Liner Notes: Saturday, May 17th

Happy Victoria Day/May 2-4/whatever you call it weekend if you’re Canadian!  (8)Oh the weather outside is amazing/and people, they are lazing…(8)

Absolute Punk passes along a heavy blog post from Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley, who just spent a month in the hospital due to his kidney and liver failing after years of excessive drinking.  Whibley’s substance abuse has been known for some time, but to hear about this – and to see the pictures from it – is pretty, well, sobering.  We wish him the best, and while new Sum 41 music (which Deryck says he’s working on) would be great, him being healthy is first and foremost.

Also yesterday, As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis was sentenced to six years in prison for attempting to hire a hitman to kill his wife.  Alternative Press has been keeping up with Lambesis throughout the process, and has posted their lengthy interview with him.  It covers losing his faith, his worry about how the band could continue and of course his marital problems.  This part seemed to be the catalyst for the road he went down:  “I went to Meggan at one point and said, “I have saved up a good chunk of money. We can get a house, and then there’s not much more money I will need in order for us to live comfortably.” The big pressure was always on me to tour less. We were finally in that position. I gave her a budget of $500,000 to pick out a house. We’d pay for the entire thing at once and never have a house payment. She couldn’t find a house she liked for that amount of money. She found one for $750,000. I said, “You know that means I’m going to have to tour a lot more for this to happen. You want me to be home more often.” Now she was saying, “I want the $750,000 house. You’re going to have to tour more often.” That’s when I realized we had both changed, so much, in different ways. She couldn’t look at me as the same person she married. I couldn’t look at her that way. We could have easily gone to counseling for that. But I didn’t even push the issue. I was like, “This is the final straw.” I kind of gave up on us ever being on the same page. She’s a pretty reasonable person. If I had given her a hard time about it for a week or two, she would have probably agreed to a compromise. But I just didn’t care anymore.”  It’s a compelling look into the mindset of someone who did something most people wouldn’t.

Alternative Press also has news on Joey Cape of Lagwagon’s new label, One Week Records.  The name is literal: artists will make records on it in seven days.  You can listen to a couple of tracks via the link too.

Over at Dying Scene, Streetlight Manifesto has announced a few North American tour dates in October, all in the northeast. Yesterday the band also announced that they will finally be sending you something if you pre-ordered their latest album The Hands That Thieve through their web store last year.  Former label Victory Records had, you know, been acting like Victory Records and wouldn’t give the band the CDs for these pre-orders.  Streetlight Manifesto is going to make up for it by sending a booklet with pictures, poems and a blank CD.  There’s album art with it it looks like, so really it’s so you can burn the album onto it if you want…I suppose.

Arcade Fire has put out their video for “We Exist”, and it features “Amazing Spiderman” actor Andrew Garfield in drag.  Chart Attack has the video and some other info, which does connect the dots as to why Garfield appeared with the band at Coachella in drag.

PropertyOfZack has the confusing resolution (?) to Falling In Reverse’s Ronnie Radke’s domestic violence charges.  On Wednesday his ex-girlfriend Sally Watts tweeted that he pleaded no contest, but then Radke said the charges were dropped.  Relationship drama rules, right?  Falling In Reverse is playing Warped this year, anyway.

What a segue to end this edition of “Liner Notes”: SPEAKING OF WARPED, why not pre-order this year’s compilation album, which features fifty songs from Of Mice and Men, State Champs and many (d’uh) more.  This year’s festival kicks off June 13th in Houston, which will feature a live webcast.  Nice!

When Listening Sessions Feature Odd Genre Pairings

On the drive to work today I listened to Face to Face’s seminal 1992 debut Don’t Turn Away, which features the original version of their signature song “Disconnected”.  Face to Face is one of my favourite bands, and punk rock is probably the genre I specifically crave the most.  I just get in moods where I specifically need punk rock…and sometimes, I pair that with an odd choice: G-funk.

Rock is my favourite genre of music, but I also like pop, country, hip hop…good music is good music, it doesn’t matter what it is.  I’ve had times where I’ve thought “I need to listen to this and this” and my staple with that is punk rock and G-funk.  I don’t know why, but for me putting an artist like Face to Face with someone like Snoop Dogg just works.  Maybe it’s the contrast: punk rock’s fast, loud sound with G-funk’s chill, mid-tempo beats.  I can’t explain it, but it’s awesome.  I think I’m due for one of those, because while listening to Don’t Turn Away today I got to thinking about adding some G-funk to the mix.

Music is a strange and wonderful thing.  Stuff that you wouldn’t think would go well together does, whether it’s a listening session or a collaboration between artists.  Do you have any odd genre pairings, ones that you like to listen to at the same time?  Well, since I have the song in my head (and it’s probably my fave G-funker ever) I’m gonna direct you to Warren G ft. Nate Dogg – “Regulate”.  C’mon with that song.

Hey could you imagine if G-punk were a genre?  Would that rule or is that just being greedy?

In Defense Of The Music News Website Genre: Original Content Is Good

Are you lovin’ the Say Anything reference in the title as much as I am?

Yesterday, Alternative Press posted an article called “28 Bands As High School Cliques”, which was a look at which roles (jocks, nerds, weirdos, etc) bands might’ve fit into back then.  On Facebook, some people commented with where they thought bands would fit in, and many insulted the article for being dumb.  Here’s the thing though: even on music news websites, original content is good.

When you surf over to Alternative Press, Absolute Punk, PropertyOfZack and the like, you realize that they’re all pretty much covering the same stories.  What can set them apart is not only who is doing the writing, but what they’re writing about.  Did you expect to visit another music news site and find an article called “28 Bands As High School Cliques”?  I doubt it.  Now, admittedly this article is fluff, but it’s meant to be.  It’s a trivial conversation starter, and it’s meant to be fun.  I know that you go to these sites for music news – so do I – but this kind of original content can be pretty good too, and coming from their end it sets them apart.  Being a blog, The Perfect Scene is obviously going to be mostly original content because it’s not a music news website, although we do “Liner Notes” for when we want to put together a roll call of music news in summary form.  But of course, most of TPS’ original content comes from music news too, and I’m with you that I read those sites first and foremost for it.  Their fun original stuff is cool too though, and I’ll even “Liner Notes” that stuff if it’s compelling enough.

Basically, while some original content on music news sites is better than others, there’s a reason why they do it.  And, other people enjoy posts you don’t, so just regret reading it and move on with your day.

Pop-Punk’s Pending Mainstream Revival: Who’s Gonna Do It?

As we covered in Thursday’s edition of “Liner Notes”, back on Monday Alternative Press’ Matt Crane wrote an article called “Why 5 Seconds of Summer Are More Important To Pop-Punk Than You Think”.  In it, he touched on how 5 Seconds of Summer being branded “pop-punk” by their people and their own fandom of the genre will expose more people to it.  As I mentioned in “Liner Notes”, I totally agree. Their YouTube covers of All Time Low, A Day To Remember and others will directly expose those bands to their audience, and it can be something as simple as wearing pop-punk band shirts during their concerts that piques curiosity.

 Now, admittedly this isn’t a guarantee: any exposure is good,  but no that isn’t gonna make all fans of 5 Seconds of Summer rush to listen to artists that the band personally likes.  In response to the Alternative Press article, Absolute Punk’s Thomas Nassiff posted his own rebuttal that said 5 Seconds of Summer has nothing punk about them, and the idea is a stretch.  It reads in part:

“That’s a fair daydream to embark upon, and it’s something that is theoretically a possibility – but I feel it’s pretty safe to say that it’s just not going to happen. That 5 Seconds Of Summer is being “marketed” as a pop-punk band – and I’ll put that term in air quotes because it isn’t legitimate in the way Crane wants you to think it is – doesn’t actually mean they’re a pop-punk band. They’re “pop-punk” in the sense thatRolling Stone once wrote in print that Sleeping With Sirens is “pop-punk” or in the sense that a Cleveland newspaper refers to Panic! At The Disco as “pop-punk.”

5 Seconds Of Summer, despite what their band members say, is a boy band. Look at their Twitter background photo. They are a boy band. They spent most of last year touring with One Direction and releasing pop songs like the very, very stupid song “She Looks So Perfect,” which seems to be the single behind much of their rapidly growing pubescent fanbase. The track has guitars, like Crane says, and wow! it has guitars!, but it also has the line “You look so perfect standing there / In my American Apparel underwear,” in the fucking chorus. Does that count as product placement?”

As an aside before my main thoughts, why are people (not just Nassiff, read the comments in that post) so up in arms over the American Apparel line?  Is it the brand?  Is it the product placement?  Who cares, using it just adds a sense of realism to the lyric.  Seinfeld made a show out of product placement for that very reason, get over it.  Hell, I listened to “Vans On” by rapper T. Mills BECAUSE he mentioned my favourite brand.

 Main thoughts time: in the interest of brevity I took out the middle paragraph from that excerpt, which also made this fair point: “A catch-all term (editor’s note: “pop-punk”) doesn’t mean that 5 Seconds Of Summer are about to invite The Story So Far out to open for them on their next arena tour; it just means they’re trying to cash in on a term that was once (and still is, to an extent) easily monetizable. Good for them.”

While Nassiff makes some very valid points, I lean more towards Matt Crane’s thoughts.  There are always artists that don’t fit a genre, but somehow are instrumental in it.  What I’m about to say is the reverse of this really, but it still applies.  Take a band like Weezer: would you ever consider them a pop-punk band?  Nope.  They have punkish vibes to some of their songs, but they are not punk.  But, a ton of pop-punk and other “scene” bands count Weezer as an influence, and fans of them have become fans of Weezer.  Not only that, some people – and I’m in this group – began to check out these bands because they heard that they were influenced by Weezer, a band they like.  Weezer has played Warped Tour, and are now signed to Epitaph.  Huh?

When it comes to pop-punk’s mainstream appeal, some believe it was when Green Day broke with their 1994 major label debut Dookie that started it.  Pop-punk wasn’t even a term back then, Green Day was just called “alternative” along with Soundgarden, the aforementioned Weezer, Our Lady Peace and other alt-rock/grunge heyday acts.  More commonly it’s the early-mid 2000s with New Found Glory, Good Charlotte, Sum 41, Fall Out Boy, blink-182 and Paramore that’s considered the last mainstream heyday of pop-punk.  These days, some of the better bets to help this happen again include The Wonder Years, Real Friends, Modern Baseball, Man Overboard (whose website name says it all) and A Day To Remember.  Will the Australian pop-rock act 5 Seconds of Summer pave the way for this?  They definitely have the potential by association, and sometimes that’s all it takes: the most reliable path for success is often word of mouth.  If you’re a true fan of pop-punk – as in, not an underground snob who hates when people discover their little secret – you’re down with any avenue that could make the genre more successful.

Liner Notes: Thursday, May 8th

Great, now that my computer is working again I can (kind of) finish the post I started two days ago…..

We’ll start with the biggest news so far today this week (?) as Riot Fest has announced its Toronto lineup.  Among the performers are Rise Against, Death Cab For Cutie, Brand New, AWOLNATION, Dropkick Murphys, Bring Me The Horizon, Taking Back Sunday, Alkaline Trio, New Found Glory, Manchester Orchestra, City and Colour and Billy Talent.  More performers are to be announced, and tickets go on sale Saturday morning at 10:00 Eastern.  Riot Fest Toronto goes September 6th and 7th, Chicago is September 12th-14th and Denver, Colorado goes September 19th-21st.  Details on the latter two are still to come.  In the meantime, WINNING!  What a kickass festival.

Alternative Press has news of former My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way signing to Warner Bros. Records, and saying his debut solo album is almost done.  He’s sticking with comics and art too, which is awesome.

Elsewhere at Alternative Press, Matt Crane nails why the success of Australian quartet 5 Seconds of Summer – endorsed by and touring with One Directionis good for pop-punk.  The funny thing is, half the people that slam them for not being pop-punk enough are probably down with a band like The Summer Set.  It’s probably the 1D tie that makes people rag on 5 Seconds of Summer.  Whatever, enjoy them if you want to enjoy them: “guilty pleasures” and stuff like that is bull, never deny yourself music you like.

And that is honestly all I have time to write at the moment.  I started this post on Tuesday, and then my computer went bonkers – it’s now seemingly fixed.  I apologize for that, and as you know if you’re a regular reader of The Perfect Scene, “Liner Notes” isn’t usually this abbreviated.  My bad.