It’s been a tough week for transplanted English rocker Sally Crewe. Between paper cuts and a toner allergy developed while xeroxing the many outstanding notices her new CD, ‘Shortly After Take-Off’ (12XU) has received, Austin resident Crewe has had little time to concentrate on her fleet of sportscars, or her challenging charity work.
So all the more frustrating then, for Sally to open this week’s Austin Chronicle and be greeted with an item by struggling journalist Darcie Stevens, dismissing Crewe and her exceptional band, the Sudden Moves, as mere “candy pop and twee bop”. Pretty damning stuff coming from a woman who openly admits to liking Death Cab For Cutie, and particularly nonsensical considering that Stevens had professed to being a fan.
That such spiteful words would appear on the very same morning that Sally would contend with the tragic news from London — that friends, family, former bandmates, her mechanic, etc. — might’ve been victims of a vicious terrorist attack, is beyond cruel, and atypical of the sort of goodwill she’s experienced during her time in this country.
I shouldn’t need to stress to Ms. Stevens or her employers that the United States and the United Kingdom have a Very Special Relationship. We gave them David Soul, they gave us Nic Harcourt. London gets Madonna, Hollywood gets Steve Coogan. And so on. Will this rich cultural exchange continue, in light of Stevens’ ugly, unprovoked hatchet job? I certainly hope so. Will we allow the confused, musically illiterate ramblings of a jealous xenophobe to prevent Ms. Crewe from making rock history? Absolutely not. It is in times like these that the overwhelming majority of U.S. music critics show themselves to be open-minded, lovers of freedom, the type of persons who won’t let one individual’s cowardly act smear their entire community.