DMB lifts Hook material for website
Long having been hailed for their originality as musicians, it comes as a bit of a surprise to some to find Dave Matthews Band borrowing so liberally when it comes to the Internet. As was brought to the Hook's attention this week, the band's website features a "Charlottesville" page listing local bands with pithy, often witty descriptions of each act. For example the author calls the Naked Puritans "Punk, minus the disconnect," and describes American Dumpster as, "Junk rock (That's not derogatory)."
Well, we here at the Hook know that kind of snappy syntax can only belong to Vijith Assar, our music editor. Sure enough, the vast majority of DMB's "Charlottesville" page has already appeared under Assar's byline in our Annual Manual.
"It looks like it was pulled verbatim from Vijith's clever rundown of the local scene," says Hook editor/publisher Hawes Spencer. "I guess the famous DMB taping policy is to be construed rather broadly."
Officials from DMB's Red Light Management had not returned a call for comment by the time of this post.