Here’s What I Think About…The Matt Wilson vs. Thomas Nassiff Debate

July 30, 2011 at 4:01 pm 7 comments

While scanning my Tumblr dashboard this morning, I came across a post that was reblogged by my friend Mike Moschetto (the original post came from PupFresh).

“Matt Wilson (singer of Set Your Goals) has taken to his twitter to call out those who have been hating on their new record. Specifically, Thomas Nassiff (AbsolutePunk.net reviewer) for buying Set Your Goals merch after a negative review.”

I took a look at both of their Twitter feeds and read Mike’s comments on the debate and really got intrigued by it. Being both a music journalist and a band member (and someone who’s never listened to Set Your Goals), I think I’m able to consider all sides of the argument well enough to come up with a sensible opinion. On the other hand, I’m also someone who takes reviews, no matter how big or small, to heart.

Matt Wilson calls out Thomas Nassiff on Twitter.

Getting a bad review sucks. I’ve been fortunate enough not to have anything too harsh written about me or my music, but there have been times when a comment in a review made me question myself and whatever record I just put out. Your record is your baby and it can be really hard to imagine someone hating it after all the hard work you put into it. However, this is the risk you take in releasing an album to the press. Look at the FAQ section of this blog. I clearly state that I do not guarantee good reviews of anyone’s work, because that’s not the point of being a reviewer. I’ve written bad reviews before, and yes, sometimes I find myself censoring my words a little because I know it will hurt the band who will read it. But in the end, my job is not to raise a band’s self-esteem or help them sell more records… it’s to tell the truth.

Matt Wilson performing at Warped Tour

I do believe that Thomas’ review was a little over the top and I can’t imagine writing a review like that for a band I really love. But at the same time, lines like “In a year full of fantastic releases, it is painful to see a proven band like Set Your Goals fading away. With two previous full-lengths that were extremely solid in my opinion- including Mutiny! which is a pillar of the new school of the genre – it’s disheartening to see this band fail to adapt” show that he isn’t just hating this record because he hates the band or has never heard them before anyway. He’s a disappointed fan, and when you’re emotionally tied to a band, it can be very difficult to hear a record by them that you don’t like. Even though I think he was a bit harsh in his wording, I definitely have a lot of respect for him. In a place like AP, where hundreds of kids will jump down your throat if you insult the wrong band, it takes guts to really be honest.

Yes, a lot of people will read his review, but as Mike said, I don’t think it will stop anyone who cares about this band to listen to or buy the record. It’s one person’s opinion, and, let’s be honest, this isn’t Rolling Stone. Nobody said Thomas’ review was to be taken as gospel. I think Matt is taking this too seriously and should appreciate the fact that Thomas hasn’t written his band off completely and still holds hope for future potential. The fact that he bought their shirt was very cool, in my opinion.

On Matt’s end, taking to Twitter to complain and call Thomas a “douche” was definitely not a smart move. It’s drawing attention to an issue that doesn’t need to be addressed. If anything, he’s just going to make the site get even more hits, and even more people will read the harsh review of his record. The best thing he could have done was just ignore it. If you don’t link your thousands of fans to a bad review, most of them probably won’t even see it.

What are your thoughts on this issue? Do you side with Matt or Thomas?  Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. APnetter  |  July 30, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I just fucking hate Thomas. His reviews are bias. He got what he had coming.

    Reply
  • 2. Thomas Nassiff  |  August 4, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    ^ lol he mad

    Reply
    • 3. rebecca  |  August 5, 2011 at 3:24 am

      Thanks for reading 🙂 #TeamNassiff

      Reply
  • 4. koobeeny  |  August 8, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    This reeeally lowers my opinion of SYG.

    Reply
    • 5. rebecca  |  August 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm

      😦 Were you a big fan before this?

      Reply
  • 6. circa1628  |  August 9, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Definitely on Thomas’ side on this one. Just because he dislikes their new record, doesn’t mean he doesn’t like the band anymore. Why wouldn’t you want someone to wear your band t-shirt, whether they hate you or love you. It’s free exposure and it gets you paid!

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    • 7. rebecca  |  August 10, 2011 at 4:37 pm

      Agreed 100%!

      Reply

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