James Greer is not only the guitarist-vocalist for new post-punk outfit DTCV, he's also a former member (one of many) of Guided by Voices and an accomplished critic and novelist. Greer wrote the book on GBV--literally--penning the 2005 biography Guided by Voices: A Brief History: Twenty-One Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock and Roll. So when he explains that band comparisons are necessary if not always accurate, it's easy to take him at his word:
"Imagine there's this new color green and you're trying to explain it to someone who's never seen green before," Greer said during an interview on the Web show Serious Business. "You're not just going to tell them, 'Well, it's sort of greenish.' ... There's nothing wrong with saying [a band] sounds a little like this and a little like this. You're not always going to be right--different people hear completely different things."