January 11, 2007

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Permanent Me, After the Room Clears
Stolen Transmission Records, 2006

In 2006, Island Records spinoff Stolen Transmission caused more gray hairs to sprout on the heads of CD reviewers than any other label, and it’s time to say quite publicly that their support absolutely sucks. Do some digging (this happened to a Village Voice Media paper for one) and you’ll find a few instances where critics sent the layout people incorrect album covers and release dates. We put up with this nonsense previously from Monty Are I because they’re sort of from the area, and from the Horrors because they’re, you know, great, but emo teens Permanent Me have nowhere to hide but the budget bin. Dime-store Dashboard Confessional clones have reached the point where they’re mocked as violently as the Cinderellas of the world used to be in the early ’90s, but perhaps the parallels run deeper than that: attention-starved teenage boys are the only bipeds found by science to have any real interest in the genre, most of that stemming from unfounded evidence that worthwhile chicks desperately desire the manboys who sing it. Why Motley Crüe hasn’t hijacked the sound yet is evidence of — well, the obvious. D+E.W.S.