It's that happy time again - Scene Point Blank's fashionably late midyear feature. If you're a regular reader of the site, you should know what to expect by now; if you're new to the site, this feature is generally where we spout statistics and lists for several pages at our adoring audience. Enjoy the feature, and be sure to check out page 10, featuring all our staff writers' personal top 5s of 2006 so far.
- The SPB Team
Top 5 Disbanded Bands (That The World Can Happily Do Without)
MestTo say that Mest are a poor man's Good Charlotte would be an affront to the brothers Madden. Though many a teen heart may have been broken by Tony Lovato's announcement that his 'punk rock' quartet were calling quits, it seems a fair trade, so that one less neon-pink bug-riddled MySpace profile will feature their nasal warbling. On a less positive note, it is a well-known fact that when one terrible teen-targeted band vanishes, another two - even more terrible - are waiting in the wings to take their place, freshly pierced and tattooed, ready to 'rawk'.
WeezerAlright, this might seem like an odd choice, but give me a second to explain. While Rivers Cuomo and company might have been at top form during the '90s, discipline in the Weezer camp has become noticeably slack in recent years. All good things must come to the end, they say. It's only a shame that this good thing didn't end before the release of Make Believe. With the band now on an indefinite hiatus, you can sleep safe in the knowledge that the memory of Pinkerton will be tarnished no further.
Further Seems ForeverThe sloppy seconds of Dashboard Confessional crooner Chris Carrabba, Further Seems Forever spent the last eight years trying to find themselves, and largely failing. Struggling through internal conflict and line-up changes, FSF managed to produce three albums of uninspiring MTV-friendly 'alternative rock' before finally giving up. I would recommend that forlorn fans turn their focus to similarly styled The Juliana Theory, but alas they too have recently parted ways, imploding under the weight of their own creative genius.
FinchFuneral For A Friend get a lot of stick for aping the sound of their predecessors and pandering to the fashion-centric music scene of today. There is a saying that goes something like, who is the fool: the fool himself, or the man who follows the fool? In this case the fool doing the following is Finch. Considering they began their life as a Deftones tribute outfit, it's only logical that they would made their bid for fame by mimicking others, consciously or otherwise. Unfortunately for Finch, no one likes half-arsed cover band.
Audio AdrenalineChristian rock is plagued by mediocrity. While the devil might have given his worshipers the gift of ROCK, God has bestowed upon his followers something far less impressive - the desire to sing laughably preachy lyrics on radio-friendly (friendly to who?) 'rock'. Though I don't imagine that Audio Adrenaline are an especially well known act, I find it comforting to know that one more Creed sound alike will soon be gone from our airwaves. Not without a token Greatest Hits compilation and 'Goodbye' single, of course, but then we couldn't expect them to go quietly. That would just be too easy.