To note: the publicist asked me to remove the post on Misra's website and I complied. Nonetheless, as a musician, label manager, and writer, I do feel strongly about this. I'd say that being provided a track list and bio, along with a physical promo, leaves the responsibility squarely on Paste's shoulders, regardless of how the one Forcefield promo was "tagged."
iTunes is not fail-safe (some folks' iTunes download backwards) and, in the digital age, this is something that needs to be realized if you're writing a review. Failing to read the track list that accompanies a digital promo (which the writer clearly did) is lazy journalism and unacceptable from an entity as powerful as Paste. I stand by that. Paste themselves immediately realized this and were extremely apologetic.
The main premise of all this: if a band and label spend painstaking hours on a release, please just spend a little time and care with your review. It can make a huge difference.
I do not subscribe to the notion that writers should wholly trust digital technology and fail to take the time to read the carefully constructed material that accompanies promos. I love you guys and I love Pittsburgh (a lot), but I don't believe that's a good stance to take.
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