Martin sees the light: Finally, New Times gets it right. Dear and the Headlights are, indeed, the most important band in Phoenix, and I dare say they will become one of the most important bands in the nation.
Your article was very interesting, though I would have preferred the writer stick to DATH's music and not get so caught up in their business plan. Because their music is great, and Ian Metzger is a great singer!
Anyway, after the past few New Times cover stories on music, I'm happy to see that your music editor finally saw the light.
Marcie Davis, Tempe
Work ethic counts for something: What an interesting story on Dear and the Headlights! Other bands should read this article to find out how to make a living with their music. I think DATH is a mediocre band, but there's nothing mediocre about their work ethic, and that's what it takes to succeed.
That and being extremely nice guys. They're very accessible at concerts, as your story mentions, and fans love that. It helps that Ian Metzger is a good-looking guy under those grungy clothes and that big beard — or at least I think he is.
Sabine Martino, Beaverton, Oregon
Guess you're one of the smart ones, Gary: Why is it that New Times is always equating success with artistry. The best bands in the area are the ones the fewest people listen to, because Valley music fans are too stupid to get really good music. It's pretty much always true that bands and singers who are hugely popular are bad. Look at Britney Spears!
Sure, Dear is successful — as you say, the most successful band in town. But that doesn't mean they're any good. Come on! Get real! People loving them doesn't make them the most "important" band in the Valley, now does it?
Gary Jones, Phoenix
DATH not even in Danny's top 20: You say that Dear and the Headlights would be on everybody's list of best Valley bands. Please! They wouldn't even make my top 20. Why doesn't New Times hire a music critic with some fucking taste?!
Daniel Zachery, Glendale
Jay don't read so good: Dear in the Headlights are great, but couldn't you have told their story in fewer words. Why such a long-ass story? Your writing sucks so bad that I could barely stay awake, and I love these guys.
Jay Chavez, Phoenix
Are you calling poor Jay a goober?: Anytime anybody does a music cover story about a great band, you can count on goobers to chime in that the story is too long, poorly written, yadda yadda. "See," they gripe, "there are so many great bands in Phoenix. Why this band?"
Duh, no there aren't, dumb-asses!
And it's funny how grunges who are pushing 30 and still living in their parents' houses think they know anything about writing. This was a great story about a band who's taken the necessary steps to make it.
Stop with the playa-hating sour grapes.
A friend in the Northwest: DATH went out of their way to befriend one fan: me. I'm the Portland fan mentioned in the story. So I return the favor by turning anyone I meet into fans of DATH. So far, it has paid off. Every time they come through, more fans are at their shows.
Brent West, Portland, Oregon
Too boring for Lenny: I live in Phoenix and, contrary to this article, it is not hard for me to leave Dear and the Headlights off my list of the best bands in town. I listened to them on MySpace — they sounded a bit boring. And it didn't make me feel I'd really want to listen again or check them out live.
It doesn't bother me that you like them — that's your thing. But when you say "the most important band in Arizona," you just look dumb.
Lenny Leonardson, Phoenix
Are DATH the next Britney or Miley?: The problem is that Martin Cizmar's idea of an important band is a band who has taken the steps to make it. What does it even mean to make it? Take Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus — they took the necessary steps to make it. The thing is, that doesn't make them important or good or the best or anything besides popular.
The music industry circle-jerk that's a make-or-break for up-and-coming bands is only a make-or-break for the bands who want to be part of the music industry. Most of the good bands, the ones who do something innovative or exciting, aren't trying to be part of that industry. They're doing what they want because they want to, not because they'll be popular.
Ted O'Brien, via the Internet