Jason Pettigrew of Alternative Press Magazine
sent an email to The (International) Noise Conspiracy
in response to T(I)NC's criticism of the magazine at a fest in Cleveland.
The following is the complete text as made public by T(I)NC:
From: Jason Pettigrew >
Date: December 20, 2005 2:08:06 PM EST
Cc: "Aaron Burgess @ AP" >, Aaron >
Subject: International Boys Conspiracy
Happy holidays, hope you are well.
Please do me a favor and forward this to Dennis Lyxzn. Thank you.
Dennis Lyxzn :
I did not get to personally hear you address the evils of ALTERNATIVE PRESS (and our current cover stars My Chemical Romance) from the stage of the Grog Shop during your recent visit to Cleveland. I hope that you would come back to Cle soon to school me, but it doesnt look very promising. The fact that well over half of the audience left after the vastly superior Circa Survive played that night doesnt say much about (STI) NCs ability to engage an audience. And Im not sure if youve actually heard it, but Armed Love helps your cause like a union of sex workers campaigning for abstinence.
Regarding your attack on eyeliner bands on the cover of AP, the day you and your comrades can write a song as stirring as any of MyChems singles, you then might be able to foment that social revolution you like to preach about to dullard music journalists. I doubt that will ever happen via your appropriation of historic American rock forms from the late-60s and 70s. Hell, the vehicle that launched your career in the first place, Refused, was a distillation of ideas stolen from American underground bands as Nation Of Ulysses and Born Against. You wanna talk shallow? A walk through the ocean of your soul would be similar to being trapped in an hourglass.
Im sorry J. Bennett didnt like your album. Im sorry the thing was such a disappointment in the first place in the ears of many people who bought your previous releases. Im sorry Sara Almgren left you so you felt that need to put that mewling Lost Patrol dogshit out into the marketplace. On the other hand, everybody wins: Youve got Rick Rubin on speed dial; I have replacement jewel boxes when your assorted projects hit my desk; and Sara got to spend some time with a guy in a band whose music is actually conducive to mattress thrashing. (Im sure she had a lot of lost time to make up for.) If youre the sexiest man in Sweden, as voted by the readers of Braille Gazette or whatever, Saras got to be in the upper percentile of MENSA members.
Do all of us a favor and take a restwhether its under a communist moon or under the moving wheels of a tanker truck.
Just this week, I purchased an issue of AP.
I quickly realized I didn't care about 98% of the music covered.
Although I don't know T(I)NC's exact critique of the mag, I do know that the bands making up AP's bread and butter are merely 4th generation derivitives of somewhat interesting music made 5 years ago fused with STRONG pop sensabilities.