The Starting Line

By Bill Chenevert
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It’s hard to root against local boys who’ve “made it” ... unless it’s a band like the Starting Line. Does Tallahassee rejoice when Creed rolls into town? Does Atlanta freak out when Collective Soul fills up the Tabernacle or Philips Arena? Possibly. Philly has certainly shown enough love to these central PA boys by buying every single ticket of their two “reunion” holiday shows. After three brutal records of power-emo-punk-pop, the band decided to give the world a breather from their insufferable brand of whine. Sure, they’ve toured with bigger versions of their painful sound like New Found Glory and Taking Back Sunday. But a Warped Tour does not a band make. It’s hard to believe there’s still a market for this horseshit. If Dashboard Confessional is the patriarch of emo, the Starting Line are their obnoxious, angsty teenagers.

Tues., Dec. 29, 8:30pm. Sold out. With Valencia + Dangerous Summer. Theatre of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. livenation.com

Wed., Dec 30, 8:30pm. Sold out. With Envy on the Coast + Algernon Cadwallader. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888. thetroc.com

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1. Anonymous said... on Jan 1, 2010 at 10:40PM

“You fucking suck. This band has already gone farther than you ever will.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Jan 1, 2010 at 10:58PM

“http://www.myspace.com/billchenevert - "Reviewer's" Myspace

Were you listening to Beyonce as you typed up this review, pussy?
The Starting Line sure as hell do what they do better than whatever it is you're attempting to do.”

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3. Anonymous said... on Jan 1, 2010 at 11:03PM

“who died and made u kning of whats good music? love the starting line! they are awesome”

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4. Anonymous said... on Jan 1, 2010 at 11:09PM

“lol. what a giant fucktard.”

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5. Anonymous said... on Jan 1, 2010 at 11:37PM

“wow... this is the worst piece of "journalism" i have ever read.

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6. Anonymous said... on Jan 1, 2010 at 11:41PM

“Almost all of those bands listed are talented bands who have defined a genre... The starting line was doing a reuinion show for their fans. Maybe mention the good nature of the shows? Or maybe just quick your biased bullshit just because you don't care for a particular genre. Way to be a fucktard.”

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7. Anonymous said... on Jan 1, 2010 at 11:42PM

“Almost all of those bands listed are talented bands who have defined a genre... The starting line was doing a reuinion show for their fans. Maybe mention the good nature of the shows? Or maybe just quick your biased bullshit just because you don't care for a particular genre. Way to be a fucktard.”

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8. Anonymous said... on Jan 1, 2010 at 11:44PM

“This is a terrible article by a terrible author.”

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9. Anonymous said... on Jan 1, 2010 at 11:53PM

“you should be fired from your job.”

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10. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 12:01AM

“LOL at the line, "But a Warped Tour does not a band make." You can like or dislike whatever you want, but what kind of writing is this "horseshit?" Good luck with your journalism career buddy, I hear that field is doing great in this economy....”

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11. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 12:22AM

“Wait this retard is actually allowed to write reviews for anything. I'm sorry ive never ready anything so terrible and bias in my life. Even bands i dont care for don't deserve to be reviewed by this idiot. I hope you read Kenny's response Bill i nearly shit myself reading it hahah. You should be fired immediately.”

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12. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 12:36AM

“Crabs that live in Philidelphian Hookers Vaginas > Bill Chenevert

Boom Roasted”

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13. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 12:41AM

“Bill Chenevert, do you do this to everyone.... if you don't like it doesnt mean that no one else can like it. Step out of your dooshbag sketcher shoes and take a look around. PLUS PHILLY BLOWS, so does your baseball team, hockey team, basketball team and especially your dog killing Football team.”

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14. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 12:42AM

“Philly weekly should be ashamed for publishing this.... This belongs on a 12 year old girls myspace.”

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15. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 12:44AM

“I'd love to hear your definition of what makes music "suck," and what allows you to draw these lines. To each her own, but you're accusing an entire genre with millions of fans. And by the way, I traveled a long way from home to see the band that leads this charge -- it's not just Philly.”

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16. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 12:44AM

“wait go to this guys myspace page and listen to the songs he has on his page.... http://www.myspace.com/billchenevert

TALK ABOUT GOOD TASTE IN MUSIC

typical philly dooshbag running your mouth”

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17. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 12:46AM

“AHAA Heard about this guy ...
this guy should not be allowed to write anything for anyone

leave it for your blogs and twitter broseph”

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18. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 12:48AM

“This guy is probably the most depressed man in the world.
Jerkin off into his hand everynight in cold cold philly

Lighten up @billchenevert”

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19. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 12:49AM

“AHA part of Kenny's response
" I imagine the closest he
will come to such euphoria will be masturbating to a Deerhunter record while
reading the single comment left for his review bashing Coheed and Cambria.
I win."”

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20. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 12:50AM

“Fuck that dude. He's just bitter he's still writing for a shitty no name/reputation publication. What the fuck is Philadelphia Weekly? I bet that dude still blasts Creed as if they're relevant these days.

And just for this, I'm now going to listen to every album they've put out, and love every minute of it.”

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21. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 12:51AM

“honestly, I'm not the biggest Starting Line fan. HOWEVER, this is a pretty uncalled for shun against people who just like to listen to a band they enjoy and see their favorite band play a show for the fans. The Starting Line have been a fan loyal band even in hiatus mode and this was a great opportunity for fans to see the boys from churchville come out and play an energy packed show for them. I'm not up in arms about this review but it is really stupid. It's Philadelphia Weekly, what do people expect. PW is the philly equivalent of the Trentonian, a rag composed of smarmy journalists who can't make it pass the newspaper print form and have to tear down what they think isn't passable. Oh and for the record, can someone at that paper write an article that has a point instead of just a random BS rant like this damn article.”

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22. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 12:51AM

“most brutal response to a dick review of 2010”

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23. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 12:51AM

“This should be taken down, this isn't even an article it belongs on a kiddie blog”

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24. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 12:53AM

“"But a Warped Tour does not a band make."

Great writing Bill.”

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25. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 12:54AM

“hey if liking the starting line is wrong in some peoples minds then i think i speak for a lot of people when i say... i'd rather be wrong. i mean this band actually did this for fans who love them so they should probably write about that. acknowledge them as people. not how the music doesnt click for you.”

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26. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 12:54AM

“This guy needs to be fired. Unless PW is a satirical website.
If he would have made these claims and attempted to provide some sort of support, maybe we can have a discussion. However, he just takes un-merited stabs at The Starting Line and shares no reason why.

Absolutely out of control.
PW, fire this guy.
Readers, if they don't, do not return to this website.

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27. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 12:55AM

“Come on, Bill. Smarten up, dildo.”

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28. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 12:55AM

“Masturbating to a Deerhunter record, hahahahahahahahaha.

PLus KILL BILL clever lol

That article really is terrible.

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29. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 12:56AM

“I respect TSL but to shit talk New Found Glory this guy is ridiculous.”

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30. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 12:56AM

“His music taste is far superior to even Deerhunter, Alanis Morissette and Beyonce for example.
- Source.... http://www.myspace.com/billchenevert
Fuck this guy.”

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31. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 12:57AM

“there is a difference between being a professional journalist and the garbage that this Bill guy presented to the world. there is absolutely no problem with disliking a show or even a band, but if you are a professional, you never go personal. Bill went personal.”

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32. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 12:57AM

“Poorly written, pointless article on the part of Philadelphia Weekly for sure, especially that absurd "power-emo-punk-pop" title they gave the band. Really? Come on. This is a perfect example of what music journalists shouldn't write.”

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33. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 12:59AM

“Pathetic Excuse for a "journalist" 0”

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34. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 01:01AM

“Can we get that guy fired, please?! What the fuck was that!?
If he could have justified his claims with some support, maybe it'd be fair to make such claims. But he fails to do that, and just takes un-merited shots at The Starting Line.

We should really push some pressure on PW to get rid of that guy.”

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35. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 01:47AM

“lets get um boyz!”

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36. Cody payne said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 02:03AM

“This guy clearly has a promising career ahead
of him.

Sounds more like a blog of a bitter douche bag. I
hope hes not getting paid for this.


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37. Jared Leto said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 02:13AM

“Enjoy the dogshit I'm putting in your box. Serious, too. We won't stand for this.”

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38. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 02:18AM

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39. Adam A said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 02:23AM

“Well this was an interesting read. I will keep it clean, but I am actually disappointed by this article. Why would a website that prides itself in journalism higher someone to write an article on something they are ignorant to. That's equivalent to asking a Philly writer to elaborate on Tony Romo. You missed every mark on how great this reunion was. This band has been a driving force within the genre and fans alike for years. Why don't you just come out and say that you don't understand it or didn't do the research on it instead of bashing it. Many a writer has done that in history, and it has been a disappointing trend in modern journalism. Go write about what you know, and in the meantime The Starting Line will continue to play music that allows old and new fans alike to put the negativity aside from everything else, and enjoy life.
Adam A.

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40. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 02:44AM

“did one/all of these guys fuck your mom or something?”

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41. mkecoop said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 02:53AM

“I totally respect the opinions of everybody. I do not care if you love or hate the starting line. But this article really lacks support to back up why you think this. The Starting Line has an interesting story to tell about their rollercoaster of events with labels and their constant dedication to touring and being personable with fans. You are allowed to dislike the band, but you have to give them credit for what they have accomplished in their career. Local Philly band receives national attention, tours the US relentlessly, and has successful tours in other countries.

So the The Starting Line, if you are reading this... I'm proud of you "obnoxious, angsty teenagers" for all that you have done over the years. You have accomplished what many bands dream of and I'll always appreciate your contribution to the music scene. You'll always have my respect and support.”

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42. mkecoop said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 02:53AM

“I totally respect the opinions of everybody. I do not care if you love or hate the starting line. But this article really lacks support to back up why you think this. The Starting Line has an interesting story to tell about their rollercoaster of events with labels and their constant dedication to touring and being personable with fans. You are allowed to dislike the band, but you have to give them credit for what they have accomplished in their career. Local Philly band receives national attention, tours the US relentlessly, and has successful tours in other countries.

So the The Starting Line, if you are reading this... I'm proud of you "obnoxious, angsty teenagers" for all that you have done over the years. You have accomplished what many bands dream of and I'll always appreciate your contribution to the music scene. You'll always have my respect and support.”

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43. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 03:01AM

“successful troll is successful”

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44. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 03:02AM

“The Starting Line has been all over the world playing positive, fun music for millions of fans for the last 10 years. You are a talentless idiot and it makes me ecstatic to know you'll never have a decent job with any type of paper/magazine/website. So enjoy listening to tracy chapman all alone for the rest of your life in your shitty studio apartment over a chesesteak shop while they enjoy their plethora of life experience. You suck so hard hahaha.”

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45. Matt S. said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 03:38AM

“How did any self-respecting paper actually publish this juvenile garbage? Are you seriously comparing TSL to Creed? TSL is a band that is not only one of the defining bands in this genre, but they are also wonderful to their fans and genuinely great guys. You won't hear about Kenny Vasoli instigating fistfights with members of 311.

According to your Myspace, you possess a Masters Degree in Magazine Journalism. Your total lack of professionalism and tact says otherwise. Six years of higher education clearly never taught you how to be a decent journalist. Obvious bias, condescending overtones and profane language strip your writing of any integrity. It takes no imagination or creativity to bash a band so tastelessly.”

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46. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 03:51AM

“what's really hard to believe is that you believe there is still a market for THIS horseshit.”

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47. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 06:48AM

“What a complete cock”

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48. Aaron Marsh said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 06:57AM

“There's nothing worse than a snob who thinks he's smarter than he is.

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49. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 07:45AM

“This is the worst and most inaccurate music "article" I've ever read... that's if you can even call it an article.

What do you see as music that is not "horseshit" then?

I can't believe a State article would openly slate and try and turn people against a band which are all born and bred there. It's ridiculous. If anything they should take pride in the fact that the band have done so well for themselves and made PA a place known for a good music scene.

At first when he said "brutal" as the way they say the Pop-Punk / Hardcore scenes and I thought we were all on the same page, but then I realised that he meant it in a bad way.

The Warped Tour makes a good band like any other festival makes a good band. Where you need to be well-liked and noticed to be a part of it, and it's safe to say that The Starting Line have always been one of those bands.

Don't read this article or make a judgement on this band or any of the above bands listed if you actually like music! You can see it's crap”

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50. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 09:12AM

“You little fucker. Don't ever say that about TSL.”

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51. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 09:41AM

“Wow not professional at all. I'm not the hugest TSL fan but in no way do they deserve that treatment.”

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52. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 10:02AM

“Your article is horseshit.”

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53. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 10:06AM

“Alright well this is just fucking stupid. I went to one of those sold out TSL shows this past week and I can honestly say it was the best concert I have ever been to. They were excited to play for us and enjoyed every single fucking minute of being up there. I've been a TSL fan foreverr and to see someone who clearly has no moral values or respect for anyone bash a band that has so much pure talent is disgraceful. Look at your music on your myspace page? You're a faggot that has no room to disrespect a band that is made up of pure skill and genuine people. We as fans adore their music, but in return The Starting Line adores us. They're not just another modern day rock group. They have soul, they have talent and they have heart. So I think you own a huge appology to TSL because they don't deserve any type of public trash talk.

Oh PS, Kenny owned your ass in his response. So learn something from him and all of these comments...your article is garbage, TSL rocks. Get over it.”

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54. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 11:24AM

“way to be an elitest tool there buddy. you know nothing of the starting line and their music.”

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55. Dan said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 11:37AM

“Maybe I should enter the field of journalism because they must be hurting for actual journalists due to backwards thinking snobs like yourself. This band has inspired thousands upon thousands of people, what have you done?”

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56. kyall said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 01:22PM

“To everyone who posted above me with negative comments to the reviewer, you are all immature morons. Grow up. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. So whats the difference from him bashing on a band you love; when we all bash on other bands.”

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57. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 01:24PM

“That was unnecessarily rude and obnoxious. The Starting Line is a band that changed a bunch of people's lives and was a true gem of the genre. When you are young of course you are going to write about things that are important to you - in this case mostly girls. If that comes of as whiney oh well, at least it is genuine and true, its what makes people relate to them.

Putting The Starting Line and Creed in the same paragraph is just ridiculous and the two acts are not related in the slightest.

Plus, including the word horseshit in an article is quite unprofessional.”

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58. C. said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 01:29PM

“Hey Chenevert,

Sell your computer. You call yourself a journalist? This "article" is a pathetic waste of time, and while I'm embarrassed to have even been tricked into reading it, the knowledge that you wrote must make you the laughing stock of the entire Philadelphia Weekly. People like you not only give journalists a bad name; people like you give the human race a bad name.

Do you cry yourself to sleep at night?

Love,
C.”

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59. Nicola said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 01:40PM

“If this is what a journalism degree produces, I'm not sure that I want one. It's not even about defending the band, it's about recognising terrible writing.. and a pathetic attempt at 'journalism'.”

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60. megan said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 01:50PM

“Maybe you should have found something positive to write about because obviously you have something against The Starting Line. Bitter ex fanboy perhaps? I dunno. But these boys are one of the most respected bands in their music scene and this article is completely unnecessary. For future reference grow up and be a professional if you are going to continue to be a writer. Arrivederci.”

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61. YouHaveNoClue182 said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 02:12PM

“Dear Philly WEAKLY meet the absolutepunk.net kids

them/TSl-1 You-0”

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62. Tony said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 02:42PM

“You cited Creed and Collective Soul in your article. Enough said.

Some two-bit hack of a journalist, knows nothing of his stories, so he insists on bashing instead of doing research, or *GASP* actually listening to music he writes about.

The list of music on his Myspace helps to understand his ignorance. 50% of his favorite bands stopped making music years ago, and the other half are "underground"/hipster bullshit.

Feel free to treat this as an editorial and respond, but you may have to actually do a bit of writing and preparation to respond to all of these comments.”

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63. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 02:44PM

“Awesome unbiased reporting. What a piece of shit editor for OK'ing this.”

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64. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 03:42PM

“this was totally uncalled for. does this even qualify as an "article"? as with the comments above, there was absolutely nothing to back up your claims. at least have the decency to actually attend the show before you bash on it so brutally.

i travelled 18 hours for this show, and i'm sure many others came from far out of town as well. the starting line's fans have always been loyal, and for good reason. i'm glad to see that they as well as those who aren't starting line fans are uniting against you right now.”

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65. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 04:13PM

“To people who say that we're immature for commenting on this, we're not. Journalists are entilted to their opinion yes, but he took it too far and personal. Bill Whateverthefuckyournameis doesn't know ANYTHING about The Starting Line. Their music is real, their songs are true and they make us proud to be apart of the Philly scene. At that show on Tuesday that I went to, I had never seen as much intensity as I did from that crowd. The place was PACKED; and even after the show Kenny came off stage and talked to the fans. Their nice guys. You can't bash a band that has never had a negative influence on anyone. So what if Bill doesn't like his music? We don't care! Talking about their "brand of whine"? He's the one complaining! I don't know what this man's problem is with this perfectly great and talented group but he needs to pull his head out of his ass and buy a TSL album then come back with an apology. I can't wait to see his response to Kenny's letter because he got owned”

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66. Henry said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 05:10PM

“ha. such thoughtful and well written criticism. this must be a fine publication.”

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67. Doug said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 05:43PM


P.s. This is for you Billy.

http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=1494741”

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68. Reader said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 06:32PM

“Heheh..."I imagine the closest he
will come to such euphoria will be masturbating to a Deerhunter record."

Kenny Wins, dude. Hang it up.”

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69. Billy's Mother said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 06:46PM

“I'm disowning you for writing this piece of shit Billiam. Don't ever come home. -Mom”

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70. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 10:25PM

“I am absolutely certain The Starting Line is proud to have fans who display this little regard or tolerance for someone else's OPINION. Then again, from the response by the singer to this article, he's as much of a dumb douche as his fans are.

If Bill Chenevert hates The Starting Line, WHAT DO YOU CARE? I bet each and every single one of you posting here says the exact same kinds of things and worse about other bands or movies or TV or whatever that YOU don't like. So don't be a fucking hypocrite. Chenevert is writing this piece as a CRITIC, not as an objective, "just the facts" reporter. Most every paper has an Op-Ed page with pundits and critics and other people voicing their opinions. If you can't handle people who have different opinions than you, maybe you should never leave your house or read the Internet.


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71. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 11:35PM

“what a shitty "journalist"
i expected better from this paper.”

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72. Anonymous said... on Jan 2, 2010 at 11:36PM

“^^^^^^
are you kidding me??

It is obvious he is writing this as a critic but it is also obvious that it is biased and ignorant. Find me a published article where a critic refers to the band as "horseshit". Thats just juvenile and nothing that anybody wants to read in a published article.”

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73. Steve W said... on Jan 3, 2010 at 12:13AM

“I don't get it. Is this an ad for them? Cause if you hate them this much, don't write about them. Hey, Philly Weekly, I'll write your music news from now on, because I'm sure this guy won't be employed, say, the start of next week. Not to mention, I'll write as an unbiased non-prick.”

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74. Anonymous said... on Jan 3, 2010 at 01:36AM

“Bill, you listen to the worst music on the planet. You are a joke. Way to publish a pathetically biased article bashing a well-respected and genre-defining Philadelphia band. Now everybody hates you. Nice going, Bill.

Hey, PhiladelphiaWeekly - fire this pussy.”

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75. Anonymous said... on Jan 3, 2010 at 07:35AM

“This article is useless.”

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76. Anonymous said... on Jan 3, 2010 at 08:46AM

“Wahhhhhh I don't like what someone said about my favorite band! Wahhhhhh I only like people to express their opinion about something when it's the same opinion as mine! Wahhhhhh when someone has a different opinion than mine they are "biased" and "ignorant"! Wahhhhhhh!

Grow up and stop crying, Starting Line Fans.”

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77. MM said... on Jan 3, 2010 at 09:06AM

“wwaaaaaaahh use your brain, for christ's sake. it's not about people being able to express opinion's which defer from ours, it's about the fact that NO ONE should get to rant so disrespectfully and unprofessionally at a "decent" medium like this. it is his childish and unacceptable tone that clearly proves his ignorance in terms of basic human diplomacy.

either way: if he gets to rant, we get to whine. tough on you, big guy.”

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78. Matt said... on Jan 3, 2010 at 12:29PM

“this article is an embarrassment to PW.”

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79. Anonymous said... on Jan 4, 2010 at 10:29PM

“Bill Chenevert is the god of gays. step off.”

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80. David said... on Jan 4, 2010 at 10:30PM

“Kenny's response to this article is amazing. it may just get them fired up enough to keep writing that glorious music.”

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81. Anonymous said... on Jan 4, 2010 at 11:17PM

“I can proudly say and feel confident that Philly weekly is actually writing for people who live in the city and not some bullshit poser that went to Penn state and lives in manyunck and thinks they are urban. Wear your hipster sneakers proud. And for those " fucktards", I think phish is on a reunion tour aswell.”

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82. Anonymous said... on Jan 4, 2010 at 11:34PM

“I truely trust the opinion of gay bashing bigots. Thanks bill, I will now follow your every word. These people should be embarrased. They are most likely all white fat middle class rednecks, they should be in Baltimore, or Boston.”

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83. Anonymous said... on Jan 5, 2010 at 12:51AM

“First off, if you people are so anti philly, why are you reading philadelphia weekly? Just curious? Also, this is an opinion piece, and one I happen to agree with. I understand that fans will say a lot of things to defend their favorite band, but honestly, the starting line blows, new found glory blows harder. I would rather watch bill jerk off to deerhead than listen to any of those sad excuses for bands any day. I will admit, when I was in the 9th grade I had a burned copy of both the bands, happy to say I did not waste my money on them.”

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84. Anon said... on Jan 5, 2010 at 01:31AM

“The Starting Line is overrated, but this article is much worse.”

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85. Just Saying... said... on Jan 5, 2010 at 04:58AM

“You two fuck faces are about to have the "weeks worst" when someone gets a hold of you in the streets of Philly. Don't you realize that most TSL fans r from Philly or Jersey u dumbass! Now everyone has been on your myspaces and have seen pictures of u... this was a really stupid move on your parts by the way.”

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86. Anonymous said... on Jan 5, 2010 at 02:19PM

“LOL at #85's threat - like anyone needs to be scared of a Starting Line fan.”

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87. Anonymous said... on Jan 5, 2010 at 03:05PM

“i've never heard of this band before and i just youtubed "bedroom talk" to see what this was all about and this has to be the worst band in history. bill, you've just earned yourself a new fan.”

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88. Anonymous said... on Jan 5, 2010 at 05:00PM

“A little confused as to why you have the starting line (and only tsl) listed under your music interests on your myspace?”

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89. Jennie said... on Jan 6, 2010 at 02:53PM

“The only reason why you posted this was to get attention. Whether is was negative or positive. The Starting Line is a great band and has paved the way for other bands.”

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90. Justin C said... on Jan 7, 2010 at 11:13AM

“I have been a fan of The Starting Line since its inception and i traveled 5 and a half hours to get to Philly to see the reunion show. I have seen them 7 different occasions and never have a seen such an emotional show.

Everything that Kenny said about how successful the shows were was completely true, if you could see the passion that everyone at those shows had you would feel really stupid. To openly bash a hometown band that has found success, took a break for a year and a half and STILL kept their fan base through everything is astounding. Bands are so easily forgotten and for TSL's fans to stick around goes to show you that they are not your every day band, and you cant even show respect for that?

I guess it goes to show how much your opinion really matters to patrons of Philly and elsewhere. You're unprofessionalism is profound, almost as much so as your ignorance. You're a poor excuse for a journalist, you deserve every hateful thing said about you, and i hope you get fired. I'll just end this with a quote.

"I'll be your friend in hell until then i despise you, and i probably always will." -TSL

From Central New York”

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91. CB said... on Jan 7, 2010 at 06:24PM

“LOL at these angry teenagers leaving comments

Hopefully a few years down the road y'all will grow out of listening to childish emo bands”

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92. Anonymous said... on Jan 7, 2010 at 08:30PM

“I hadn't ever heard of the starting line before, I had to youtube 'em just to see what all the fuss was about. and, eh... holy shit what fucking crap music. Is it difficult for you retards to like them and keep your penises at the same time? do your balls just slowly shrivel up? that "article" summed up TSL experience pretty well, and bill may have been the only gay dude within 500 miles who wasn't at the show. wankers.”

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93. DoubleAW said... on Jan 9, 2010 at 07:24AM

“first of all, your opinion of "emo" bands (these aren't real emo, people keep forgetting) as childish is unfounded. but I'm not going to argue about that because it's an opinion, not a fact.

second of all we're not angry because he's bashing a band that some of us like, but because he's bashing them for no good reason, and as Kenny replied with, he's not doing anything good for himself or the PW by writing this.”

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94. RSHuff said... on Jan 20, 2010 at 01:28PM

“I'm sorry but would he still be lacking journalistic integrity in all of your eyes if he came at the group with unsupported, unconditional praise?

none of the pro-TSL comments above have really convinced me of the band's worth or creative merit, only that their fans are a bunch of whiney jerks who can't reconcile opinions that conflict with their own.”

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