Welp, it seems our good friends over at Hospital Ships had a bit of a showdown with the asshats over at Brooklyn-based Vice. You see, Hospital Ships have a new album, Lonely Twin, coming out, and Vice happened to name it worst album of the month.

Here’s the lazily slapped-together “review:”

“I was back at my folks’ house over the holidays watching TV with my dad when an ad for Martin Lawrence’s latest opus Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son came on. My dad watched in complete silence, then, staring straight ahead, murmured, “Black people and white people will never understand each other.” I feel this way about the East Coast and the Midwest, and this record is my Big Momma’s House.”

This resulted in a Twitter showdown Thursday afternoon. Here’s the transcript:

You can read more rebuttals from Hospital Ships on their Twitter account.

Now, we’ve managed to get our hands on the new album. In the band’s defense, the album is pretty kickass. So kickass, in fact, that we haven’t been able to take it out of the CD player for about a month. The first track, “Love or Death,” is a moving ballad that grabs your attention immediately and guides you through to the next track. “Honey Please” is arguably our favorite track on the album because it shows off singer Jordan Geiger’s vocal range. “Carry On” is packed with raw emotion and “Reprise” is so packed full of rock, it will bring you to your feet, jumping for joy. Every track on this album is a winner. We’d like to tell you more about it, but just hit them up at their next show to get a dose of superb musicianship and stunning songwriting.

Unless you work at Vice. In that case, stay away from Lawrence, since you obviously don’t know how to recognize good music when it’s handed to you on a silver platter. We don’t need anybody bringing us down over here, so keep your trifling, comatose publication away.

Now if you’ll excuse us, we’ve got a plethora of amazing shows to get to. You can stay put and keep watching bad movies at your folks’ house. Might we suggest Sex and the City 2? That way, you can compare your next album to the decline of the feminist movement.



Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than 20 years in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and more.

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