The Unrepentant Individual

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May 7, 2007

How Can Such A Raspy Voice Whine So Badly?

So the Hinder song, “Lips of an Angel”, has finally worn out its airplay, and not a minute too soon. It’s a song about some forlorn lover who pines for his ex while his current is in the next room. I never liked it. What a punk. But Hinder hasn’t exactly gone away, as I’ve been hearing their latest single, “Better Than Me”, far too often. Pining again about his ex, with the point of the song that deserves someone better than him in the first place. But I guess if he has a habit of pining for his ex while with his current, his current probably deserves someone much better than him too.

But something even beyond the songs themselves get on my nerves. His voice is like the current rock voice writ large. Most of today’s singers have a bit of rasp in there, but this guy sounds like someone took a rusty metal file to his vocal chords. And while that’s bad, that’s not the half of it. He combines that with a certain whiny self-pity in his voice that is just disgusting. How can you rasp like you’re a rocker while you’re whining like a baby about how unfair it is your ex left. I can’t take it…

Like I said before, I’m not quite sure if this qualifies as “emo”. Which, since I don’t understand emo, I think I’m going to stop calling it “emo punk” and start calling it “Elmo punk”. ‘Cause that little furry bastard is just about as annoying.

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:35 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || Trackback URL || Categories: Ponderings, Pop Culture


  1. Brad, Brad, Brad… why are you still listening to those commercial radio stations that only play the same 5 songs over and over until your ears bleed?

    I don’t know if you have satellite radio or not, and if you don’t, there’s still plenty of great online stations and podcasts to check out. You needs to get yourself some indie rock STAT… and for further follow up I’d suggest some IDM, freak hop, ambient, breakbeats, nerdcore and some math rock. I could go on about the subtle nuances of one sub-genre versus another, but that’s not the point. My point is that for every metallica and hinder, there’s a hundred other bands out there that are far better listens, but yet are shunned by mainstream radio due to a lack of funds or promotion from their fledgling indie labels.

    We’ll save your ears from being subjected to bad radio rock one way or another. :P

    Comment by mabus — May 8, 2007 @ 6:17 am
  2. oh, and i’m not sure what the deal is with emo either. some emo bands have a decent sound, but emo kids just piss me off and get on my nerves for the most part.

    Comment by mabus — May 8, 2007 @ 6:21 am
  3. Hinder is not Emo. It’s wanker-ersatz “adult contemporary.”

    I liken them to Nickleback, which to me is like bad Creed…and Creed sucks.

    For the record: Emo is not only a type of music, but a general lifestyle now as well. It’s like punk-rock’s bi-polar little brother who’s pissed off that his big brother (REAL punk rock) gets all the attention.

    Comment by Sober John — May 8, 2007 @ 4:01 pm

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