There are a few warning signs of what can make or break a band and tend to set off alarms. Any combination of the following three signs found in any band should be considered worrisome:
- Third-rate, watered down electronic pop-punk/scrunk with little thought put into the music and lyrics.
- More band tees and general merch than notable songs.
- Blatant racism and bigotry.
Congrats to Teen Hearts for nailing all three categories!
On Jan. 6, Look At This Fucking Hipster posted a “nifty” little YouTube video by the band, using the video for “Hands In The Air” as a curious exemplar of hipster fashion and a terrible taste in music.
Singer Kelly Orr sent LATFH guru Joe Mande a â€œkind” email in response. I wonâ€™t spread Orrâ€™s racist, homophobic email around, but he pretty much dug a fairly deep grave for his band to try and climb out of.
For some, this may present an odd musical and moral query: Does having a terrible taste in music relate to racism?
For my money, Iâ€™d say no. But, Orrâ€™s email brings up an interesting query: How does someone so connected to technology and the power of the Internet (the Teen Hearts myspace page screams â€œHUGE MERCH SALE!!â€ â€“ the sign that someone knows what theyâ€™re doing) not realize that sending blatantly racist messages to a complete stranger who operates a fairly popular website will come back to bite him in the ass?
You can read Orrâ€™s crass correspondence with Mande here. Mande also published Orrâ€™s email address, so feel free to send him whatever messages you feel like passing along.
Iâ€™ll follow Mandeâ€™s lead and post a YouTube video of a Teen Hearts song thatâ€™s unaffiliated with the band for those who are curious. We wouldnâ€™t want to inflate Orrâ€™s ego by making him think hits equals instant popularity, now would we?