So I keep getting facebook invites from people and bands to come out to shows and hear bands I’ve never heard of before. Okay, fine. I go to check out their facebook or whatever website they have and I find out that there is no music posted. None.
This has happened enough times to make me go on a rant about it. Not just about this, but the amount of apathy that ends up affecting me to the point where I don’t have much money to go to shows. Occasionally I’ll go to a show with bands whose music I haven’t been able to hear, either because I didn’t have time, or they didn’t have any music out. However that only happens if the venue is very very close to me. With the price of gas nowadays, I’m not driving down to Milwaukee and shelling out cash for a ticket to hear a band whose music I’ve never heard because they have no music posted anywhere.
There’s more to blame then just the fact that there is no music released. Going to a show cost money. Alot of it. It might not seem like alot when you live in your parent’s basement, but when you are paying rent, car insurance, utilities, household expenses of every sort, ect, you don’t exactly have alot of spending money. If your lucky, Taco Bell, Ramen, Oatmeal, U-Torrent, and Mediafire become close compatriots in your depressing plight.
|That’s over 100 miles round trip.|
Now for some numbers. Its over a 150 mile round trip to go down to Mojoes, over 100 miles to The Rave, and at least 90 to go down to Bartlett, and at least 50 miles in a round trip. (From Grayslake, Illinois) That’s adds up in gas as fast as a scene girl’s hair lights on fire. Throw in the additional roll of the dice in desperate hope that the sound guy is competent so that the bands don’t sound like crap, and it’s not exactly a persuasive argument for me to want to get off my ass and bother going.
In part this is all your FAULTS! I’ll share some of that blame as well. I’m tired of hearing, “It doesn’t affect me, so I don’t care!” Wrong, deuche bag, it does. Stop being mad bro and realize that your widespread apathy makes sure that we are all equally screwed over when the newest tax is approved in the hell-hole state of Illinois. (Gas tax anyone?)
Pro-tip: Stop voting for or not voting against politicians who promote policy that makes the odds of the survival of the music scene as likely as not being mobbed for money by the homeless who stalk Union Station. Get involved. When the newest gas tax is endorsed in favor of providing more money for “education” or new social programs, tremble in fear, because it just might cost you some additional fans making it to your show.
Stop complaining that it now costs extra in Illinois to order Merch off a bands website and instead raise your middle fingers to the man on the right who loves to kiss the asses of special interest groups who obviously don’t care if we can make it to the next show or buy a shirt.
Remember, high prices, gas included, doesn’t just affect you. It also might prevent bands from even being able to show up because they haven’t been able to sell enough merch to shell out the 100$ needed in gas to put in their rusty van to get to the next show.
Pro-tip: it’s hard to get people to come out to shows nowadays, even free ones. A lack of promotion, communication, competent bookers, and sometime lack of overall fans for the bands playing produces shows that you quickly forget ever occurred, regardless of how many kids you may have trashed with your pit skills in the non-existent pit. On top of all this, it really sucks when you actually go to a show and the fact that there is almost no one there guarantees an atmosphere of a bar populated by fellows aged 40+.
I can’t stress enough just how important it is for there to be alot of people at a show. The more people you have there, the more energy at the show. It’s almost a given. I for one hate going to shows where it feels dead and when you hear the impending “Everyone Move!” shout from the stage, no one is around to move. But we all decrease the chances of this happening and people moving with apathy and stupidity.
If gas was back down to a dollar, even two, I can guarantee you that there would be alot more people at shows, regardless of how many spin kicks they had to endure from hate moshers. Instead hard times, apathy, cronies, and leeches off the system have ensured that me, you, and anyone else making under 15$ an hour has less money in our pockets to afford these mundane luxuries.
When we have more money in our pockets that’s not taken from us in an excuse to fund some new program that we will never be able to participate in or see a return, “cough social security”, we will be able to afford to go to more shows, buy more merch, and pay for the inevitable hospital bills at the next The Acacia Strain show. I thought this was common sense. But apparently, it’s not, so we have to suffice with throwing down in our homes as a substitute as the neighbors/parents look at us with confused faces. Hopefully my ceiling fan and my dignity remains intact.
So if you’re going to bother asking people to go to a show, promote the hell out of it, make sure people are actually going to go, and have some music up so that I, as well as others, know that your band doesn’t sound like Niki Minaj.