Week's Worst: Ingram Hill

By Chris Parker
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Ingram Hill hails from the vast bombed-out center of American culture, the creative wasteland where Hiltons and Kardashians run wild, vampires are more ubiquitous than Starbucks, and Crocs are the height of fashion. There’s nothing odd or irregular about them other than a preternatural ability to make the blandest, most featureless music known to man night after night without sucking the bullet out of a .45. Not to diminish their accomplishments. Obviously they make ’90s skid marks Dishwalla, Tonic and Sister Hazel smell freshly douched—proving demonstrable lack of talent should never be an impediment. Their rootsy, heavily polished modern rock offers less surprise than an episode of Two & A Half Men and even less sophistication. Love is their crack getting them high and making them miserable enough for an intervention begging them to stop taking it out on innocent music listeners.

Tues., Jan. 18, 8pm. $8-$10. With Curtis Peoples + Jerard Fink. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com

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1. pete hoge said... on Jan 12, 2011 at 01:25PM

“Music will matter again when the
world infrastructure breaks down
and we return to a pre-industrial
way of life. A traveling musician or
band will be quite an event in
the post-apocalyptic age. We will
rejoice in art because it will be
so rare.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Jan 12, 2011 at 01:39PM

“thats horrible. Ingram Hill is a great band. They're an awesome group of guys that have an awesome stage presence. i've been a fan of them for years now. No wonder they never come up here anymore.”

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3. Anonymous said... on Jan 12, 2011 at 01:42PM

“Ingram Hill rocks. Just saw them in Chicago with Sister Hazel. Catch them if you can.”

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4. Anonymous said... on Jan 12, 2011 at 01:52PM

“aww is someone jealous?”

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5. Annoyed said... on Jan 12, 2011 at 01:52PM

“WOW, what a low-blow! With some of the music that is out now, Ingram Hill are refreshing. They don't need various equipment and auto-tune adjustmetns to make them sound good. Justin has a great voice with great range! They sound exactly like the CD. Can't wait to see them in Philly next week. So looking forward to it!”

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6. leslie silva said... on Jan 12, 2011 at 01:52PM

“wow, seriously? This review seems to be struggling for quirkly metaphors to get some clout, but the fact is, Ingram Hill is a great band of talented musicians who are doing what they love - agreeing w/ anonymous - no wonder they never come here! Wronnnnggg. Can't wait for January 18th. You're missing out!”

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7. Fish said... on Jan 12, 2011 at 01:56PM

“Mr. Parker, I am assuming you have not been to a "'90s Skid mark" Ingram Hill or Sister Hazel concert. If you had you would have seen the sold out crowds of "innocent music listeners" loving their music. I am also assuming you do not follow either band on Facebook or Twitter; so, you would not know the thousands of loyal followers they have all over the world. And the biggest reason in this "creative wasteland where the Hiltons and Kardashians run wild" is because they have big boobs and love to create controversy over sex scandals. At lease Ingram Hill can write and perform their own music without having to dress provocatively or wear some outrageous outfit to draw attention to themselves. I bet you like Justin Beiber and Lady Gaga too... Talk about a demonstrable lack of talent!”

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8. ChrisParkerSucks said... on Jan 12, 2011 at 01:59PM

“This is about the shitiest article I have ever read. You obviously have no grasp or comprehension of musical ability aside from the toilet bowl you swirl around in.”

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9. USMstudent said... on Jan 12, 2011 at 02:00PM

“I absolutely love Ingram Hill. They get the crowd going whether it be twenty people or two hundred. They are passionate about music and write songs that are meaningful and easy to relate to. Their style fits them, and I will always be one of their biggest fans! I would rather be front stage singing every word at an IH show than at a major concert. No, they aren't for everyone but neither are a lot of bands/artists.”

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10. Anonymous said... on Jan 12, 2011 at 02:01PM

“Pete Hodge... you are a moron, but thanks for making me laugh. That is one of the dumbest things I have heard in a while... I don't know who is the bigger idiot right now, you or Chris Parker for writing this garbage in the first place”

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11. Anonymous said... on Jan 12, 2011 at 02:03PM

“Pete Hodge... you are a moron, but thanks for making me laugh. That is one of the dumbest things I have heard in a while... I don't know who is the bigger idiot right now, you or Chris Parker for writing this garbage in the first place”

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12. Beagle said... on Jan 12, 2011 at 02:12PM

“To whom it may concern, it's amazing to me how the critic is actually still employed. Personally I would give Ingram Hills new cd "Look Your Best", 4 outta 5 stars. Yes I know there's no rapping or song samples from other artist and has to stand on it's own, with it's own merits of being original and independent bands. But it's funny how that is, remember a guy named Zac Brown last year. Now as for Sister Hazel and Tonic, they are still touring and releasing cds. By the way I just got back from The Rock Boat XI, (yes 11) that's considered the worlds best floating music festival, and since Sister Hazel started it 11 years ago, I have been able to attend 6 in a row. Oh yeah Ingram Hill was one of the headliners who just rocked!”

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13. Anonymous said... on Jan 12, 2011 at 02:15PM

“It's sad that some people consider a group of talented songwriters and musicians "bland" in today's world of synthetic non-music and stage shows. I've seen Ingram Hill live several times and they're excellent!”

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14. Anonymous said... on Jan 12, 2011 at 02:21PM

“Oh Mr. Parker, were you hoping for people to find your ridiculously transparent attempt at snark funny or even accurate? I see you wrote a similarly SAT word laden review of Better Than Ezra. Perhaps you should put the pocket Thesaurus away and stop trying to be so damn clever, and write a review that leaves the reader with the impression that you have actually heard the music of the band you are writing about?”

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15. JWhit said... on Jan 12, 2011 at 02:38PM

“I think you are totally off dude!! They rock out to college crowds all year long and are rockin it out everywhere they go!! I love them! Ive been a fan for nearly 10 yrs now! And they aren't from LA, they are from Memphis, where true soulful music came from!

Love you guys!”

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16. WTF said... on Jan 12, 2011 at 02:58PM

“INGRAM HILL FANS UNITE!! (slow motion high fives)”

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17. Anonymous said... on Jan 12, 2011 at 03:12PM

“Having been an avid Ingram Hill fan for over 7 years, I can honestly say they are one of the best bands I've ever seen live. Which is what makes your review so incredibly hilarious--you have obviously never seen them, or are just jealous that they are, indeed, talented. In no way could you ever classify them in the same category as the "wasteland where Hiltons and Kardashians run wild". That would be the trash that people like Katy Perry et al are producing...which is NOTHING like the music IH writes and performs. Please go see the band before reviewing them...”

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18. This guy sucks said... on Jan 12, 2011 at 09:30PM

“What a bunch of hooey.”

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19. Toni said... on Jan 12, 2011 at 09:36PM

“Wow! What a stinking review from a stinker of a music critic.

Do you really dislike them because they're better looking than you? Admit it- they can get women and you can't and it just hurts, doesn't it?”

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20. Anonymous said... on Jan 12, 2011 at 10:30PM

“I am almost sad to admit I'm from Philly after reading this article. It gives our city such a bad name. I love Ingram Hill. I have been a fan for several years and am so glad they are coming back to Philly to perform on Tuesday night at World Cafe. I can't wait to go.”

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21. Cecilia said... on Jan 13, 2011 at 01:29AM

“what a mean spirited review from a petty little man. unjustifiable and unkind. city of brotherly love- my ass.”

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22. Mel-in-Memphis said... on Jan 13, 2011 at 04:12PM

“Grew up in Philly and moved to Memphis (yes, that's where the band is from, and you'd know that if you'd ever seen them perform) in time to discover Ingram Hill when they were first starting out. I've seen them in a variety of venues and they've only gotten better with time. Check them out on the 18th -- you won't be disappointed.”

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23. Anonymous said... on Jan 14, 2011 at 10:00AM

“I gave them the benefit of the doubt and actually listened to them (for the first time just now) before passing judgement and this is what I have to say:
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. I can't believe all you tone deaf bastards actually support and give this band their undue royalties. They're more polished than the queens ass and they carry a whiney tone with bantering lyrics. I don't know who's worse, Creed for causing this crap to happen or these guys for following such a shitty model.”

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24. N210s said... on Jan 15, 2011 at 12:03AM

“Wow, I can't believe that I am proud to love such "featureless music". I will remian happy to get high on the love that is their crack. Thanks Ingram Hill for letting me laugh at these reviews while happily buying your music.”

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25. Miss77 said... on Jan 18, 2011 at 12:13PM

“I haven't actually listened to this record (and I probably wouldn't purposely listen to any band that tours with Sister Hazel), but your critique was hilarious... in true PW style.”

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26. ChristAlmighty said... on Jan 18, 2011 at 12:36PM

“This is an exceptional review. Everyone but #23 and #25 should be gassed under the strobe lights @ Grape Street.”

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