I suppose you may be right. Upon re-listening to this Godspeed video I noticed just how fantastic the off-key vocals are, and just how fulfilling the Pearl Jam-lite riffs were.
Maybe I was wrong, maybe Farside, Gameface, Texas Is The Reason, Shades Apart, Lifetime, Campfire…hell, all those bands with terrible singers and lukewarm watered down music, really WERE great.
I was a big fan of all that music when I was a teen, but only because I had nothing to compare it to. When I got older and finally discovered melodic music made by people who could actually sing, play and wrote decent songs, it made this stuff seem really really lame and juvenile. I think this sound serves as a necessary transition from simple hardcore to more complex stuff, but doesn’t really stand too well on its own.