What do you guys think about this - it's in my highschool newspaper in the entertainment section:
Maryland's Wakefield "We're too dumb to be rich and famous, record companies don't even want to claim us," claims popular pop-punk band Wakefield in the last track on their major-label debut. Well, I wouldn't blame the record companies for not claiming the Maryland based pop-punk quartet. Wakefield lead singer Ryan Escolopio's whiny voice worsens overplayed beats and shallow lyrics. In this age of pop-punk success, there is no shortage of bands like Wakefield who change their image and lifestyle to gain popularity among confused fans nationwide. Wakefield was formed in St. Mary's County, Maryland, when school friends JD Tennyson and Ryan Escolopio were joined by Ryan's cousin Mike Schoolden and former Good Charlotte drummer Aaron Escolopio. The ground spent hours and hours in rehearsal and borrowed a lot of money, but their efforts paid off when they were signed to Arista Records and got to work with their dream producer, Matt Wallace. Wakefield soon moved to Los Angeles to record and live "the rock star lifestyle", and after a month, released 11 tracks of repetitive noise on their major-label debut, American Made. American Made features lyrics about the highly intellectual topics of selling out and girls, following the pop-punk trend of penning trashy lyrics to appeal to a wider, and dumber, legion of former pop fans. Along with deep lyrics, Wakefield's debut is missing song variety, good harmony, and originality. In my opinion, Wakefield is just another talentless band (such as Good Charlotte, The All American Rejects, and Simple Plan) riding the poser-fueled pop-punk wave to success. In conclusion, I give Wakefield 1 and a half stars, and if they're claiming to be "American made", then I'm moving to Canada.