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Today I was faced with a strange dilemma

Posted: January 26th, 2004, by Marceline Smith

Today I was faced with a strange dilemma I never thought I would be faced with: what do you do when the NME gives your band a rave review? The NME! Enemy of the DIY indie kids, much slagged on this very website. Upon being told our record was reviewed, I presumed it would be a two line nothingmuch comparing us to twelve other bands and moaning that we weren’t The Strokes, but no! “obscure genius”, “transcendent”, “proves Pink wrong”! Having joined the band after this particular record was recorded and ready for release helps somewhat – I can take some of the credit or dissassociate myself to some extent. In fact, having done virtually nothing yet, I feel kind of guilty about the whole ‘band’ thing and end up treating all this attention as an enormous joke. Hopefully some actual hard work once the recording and gigs get going will cure me of this.

I must also say my first look at the NME in about a year has been…interesting. Who ARE these bands? When did they start printing glossy posters?! WHO ARE THESE BANDS? And who let ex-members of the Yummy Fur playing Summerlin’s guitar get to be famous (and can I shake them by the hand for it)? Disappointed to see The Rapture are nowhere near as stupid geeky looking as I had imagined. Bah.

Oh yeah, BUY OUR RECORD. In the shops today “my people” tell me. Hurhur.

Can I also say I only wear Rocket Dog shoes, should anyone from that company want to give me a sponsorship deal. My trainers are leaking and I live in the UK’s second wettest city. I’m a UK size 5, US 8.5. Thanks.

Marceline Smith

Marceline is the fierce, terrifying force behind diskant.net, laughing with disdain as she fires sharpened blades of sarcasm in all directions. Based in Scotland, her lexicon consists of words such as 'jings', 'aboot' and 'aye': our trained voice analysts are yet to decipher some of the relentless stream of genius uttered on a twenty-four hour basis. Marceline's hobbies include working too much and going out in bad weather.


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