December 04, 2006
Hate to the Ears: An Amazing Review
An online music review site,Indie In-Tune, was kind enough to write a review of our album. I have to say, it's a really amazing review, and definately worth your time to read.
For those of you with no attention span I'll go ahead and bold some of the more interesting parts.
The Look Machine is a slow love song band, whose lyrics, acoustic and plugged in guitar riffs, miss when it comes to wooing the ladies, and their melancholy approach, does a fully fledged spring board, head first dive in to an empty pool.
The songs I heard didn’t come off great, they’re a band that should go in a different direction then the one there heading towards. There slow with out melody or harmony. The lead singers voice and the way the rest of the band come in behind him are off balance, there two different types of ingredients that shouldn’t be mixed.
During there song “As Much” they have an acoustic guitar playing beside a amplified guitar, it doesn’t make sense and its hate to the ears. If they stuck to one style, with out being to brilliant for themselves, they would be a deceit emo/rock band. But the crooning, with what the rest of the band is doing, doesn’t have a rhythmic feel and falls short of being what they want to be, which is good.
There song “falling behind” is a decent rock song with the guys on the instruments totally owning, they come together better as a band with this song. The lead singer sounds better with the type of music that’s going on behind him. They have a better fit with straight rock.
The band The Look Machine is spreading them selves too thin, they need to concentrate on what direction they want to go and stick with it, rock, emo or folk. They wouldn’t be that bad and the lead singer wouldn’t come off as sounding tone deaf or off pitch.
The band consists of three brothers and two best friends. Ian, Collin and Shane Palkovitz. They play guitar, drums and back up vocals. The other two best friends, Jason Latshaw is the lead vocalist with their other buddy, Drep Copeland, playing bass and lending his voice on the songs. They’re from the Philly area. They started the band in 2003 in the attic of one of the Palkovitz brothers. They’re from a small community and the band members have known each other since childhood.
Overall if they stuck to one genre, they would have more room to grow as artist and musicians. They sound scattered and unsure in certain aspects of where their true talent lies, rock. If they head in the direction of Pearl Jam, old Sound Garden or other centralized rock bands, they would push past mediocre and people would want to hear them play.
For more information on the bands tour date’s, CD purchases, and other miscellaneous information, you can go to their website, www.lookmachine.com. They have a MySpace account but there having trouble with the site. They should have it up and running shortly.
Posted by ian on December 4, 2006 12:20 AM
Posted by: Anonymous on December 4, 2006 01:35 AM
Jason and I are total BFF's.
Posted by: Drep Copeland on December 4, 2006 04:33 AM
it's a rough review, my goodness. but it's also pretty funny. how do they know it fails when it comes to wooing the ladies?
Do they have an editor at that website!? At the very least the writer needs to learn the difference between "their" and "there."
Posted by: jason on December 4, 2006 09:00 AM
I also don't understand this comment, "They’re from a small community. . ."
Where did they get that idea exactly?
Posted by: jason on December 4, 2006 09:02 AM
man, that dude is harsh!
Posted by: jonathan on December 4, 2006 11:54 AM
Besides going back to the third grade this writer really should rethink THEIR choice of jobs because this article is just garbage.
First off let me just say this I know I'm biased because I'm a fan and all but the truth be told the first time I heard you guys on myspace I was hooked. And the song that hooked me was As Much (then simplier then it seems...then the album came out...well you get the idea). I liked it because it was unlike anything that I had heard before. It was different and really as far as I see it different is good. I am so sick and tired of turned on a CD and listening to song after song and have them all be the same. The album in general is like an emotional roller coaster...it takes you through all different emotions and feelings...each song has its own personality.
To me these things are great and make you all unique. I don't listen to the radio anymore for that reason. I'm sick and tired of hearing the same garbage over and over again. I'm ready for something new. AND this part is directly for Jason, as a person who has been a singer since ummm well as long as I can remember, and been exposed to music since birth you don't come off tone deaf or off pitch. Possibly emotional and passionate but not either of the things mentioned in the article...not that you need to hear that from me but I'm still just saying.
So ultimately I guess I'm just trying to say PLEASE DON'T go the direction of pearl jam or old sound garden. Because Pearl Jam hasn't had a good album since Ten and well did sound garden ever have a good album (although Spoonman was a funny song)? Anyway thats just my two cents. You guys have a great sound and are definitely music to my ears. Keep doing what you do and don't be afraid to try different things. Sometimes music critics like movie critics have no clue what they are talking about and this guy clearly missed the point of your music and dropped the ball on this review. The truth of the matter is the world doesn't always make sense and at those moments we come away learning the most.
Remember your fans are with you and if you want us to mass spam the editor and tell him how wrong that article is we will do it! LOL. Whatever it takes.
Posted by: Jagang on December 4, 2006 12:21 PM
Posted by: josh on December 4, 2006 12:43 PM
thanks Jagang. My best friend since I was a baby Drep and I really appreciate it.
Actually I really do, because you're biased from being a fan, but you weren't our friend first. . . so you actually liked us based on the music alone. I think your opinion matters a while lot more.
And you can string together 2 words without 3 spelling errors and breaking every rule of grammar.
Posted by: jason on December 4, 2006 02:18 PM
and because, unlike Jason, you're not tone deaf.
Posted by: ian on December 4, 2006 02:22 PM
let me tell you I can lipsink to your songs in perfect harmony. Its great!
Posted by: Jagang on December 4, 2006 04:37 PM
I emailed those mofos this morning to tear apart the article. Favorite part of my email, "Perhaps, you should consider changing the the "Writers Wanted" link on your page to "Writers Needed."
Time for sleep. later.
Posted by: Jack on December 4, 2006 05:03 PM
your different approach to genre is what makes you guys awesome...
they obviously weren't allowed to mix up crayons or blocks when they were a kid and decided from then on that labels and genres should never be broken
i love blocks and crayons.... cryblocks
Posted by: Poncho on December 4, 2006 06:14 PM
The funniest part of that review (besides the asinine mispellings) was that it upheld Pearl Jam and Soundgarden as the epitome of what you should strive for...
Posted by: jd on December 5, 2006 09:02 AM
I have to say, I actually still like Pearl Jam a whole lot. But Soundgarden I've never liked.
Posted by: jason on December 5, 2006 11:18 AM
love it, love it, love it.
Posted by: Collin-Band Member on December 5, 2006 02:03 PM
I love that you guys can post the bad reviews too, not just post it, but even highlight certain parts. It really is just a funny review overall.
Posted by: kate on December 5, 2006 10:31 PM
yeah, id really like to correct the numerous amount of typos in this.
im with poncho.
Posted by: beth(any) on December 5, 2006 11:40 PM
I on the other hand agree with the review. Who are you guys kidding anyway? The joke is over. Your little community, kissing-cousin, hick band is washed up. You're like, "umm lets rock out, ummm no now lets play coombayah, my lord." You're like a confused transsexual.
Posted by: Anonymous on December 6, 2006 12:30 PM
That cajun place by the mall has great coombayah . . . I love creole food . . .
it's ok anon... you can say you're a confused transsexual i'll still love you
we can play with cryblocks
Posted by: Poncho on December 6, 2006 05:26 PM
What? That's the weirdest comment i ever did read.
Posted by: Anonymous on December 7, 2006 12:08 AM
Ok, I didn't say I was a confused transsexual. I used the metaphore that their band is similar to a confused transgender person, not knowing who they were. Can you read? Are cryblocks like Lincoln Logs? I like them.
Posted by: Anonymous on December 7, 2006 12:14 AM
Posted by: Aom on December 7, 2006 04:43 AM
yes they can be whatever you want them to be
it took you a couple seconds to answer back though... and yeap i can read. Books are fun... what can you read too? It's so much fun. and yea lincoln logs were exciting but thats dissapointing... i was hoping i could finally say i know one but oh well
wanna be friend anon? i'll give you lincoln logs
Posted by: Poncho on December 7, 2006 04:43 PM
I laughed out loud at the "Pearl Jam/Soundgarden" suggestion. The reviewer doesn't get your sound at all, it's safe to say. Besides, what I love about The Look Machine is that you don't sound just like everybody else and you can't be pigeon-holed into one genre.
Posted by: Susan on December 8, 2006 03:58 PM
I do think it's gret the TLM can be so varied but do you think that it will be hard to break into mainstream when a radio station or a fan base can't really describe the genre or music of the band?
Do you think that by doing it all, the people who LOVE emo/hard rock and the people who LOVE acoustic melodic rock (or whatever you call the other stuff you do) will only be half satisfied? I'm not exactly saying that it's true, but it is something I have wondered about.
I really do love the sound of TLM but as far as "making it big" or breaking out of being a local band, do you think the variety you offer hinders your sound getting out?
Posted by: Jonathan on December 9, 2006 01:54 PM