Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Blog buzzzzz

Turns out, the good folks over at Bostonist.com got hold of a couple of our new tracks and posted them, along with some info about last night's show. Check it out. Tell us what you think!

Last night at Bill's (photos) was a bizarre show, fun, but bizarre. We did the switch up and went first instead of last. We pulled a decent sized crowd out, nothing too big, but I didn't expect huge numbers -- it's midterms week at both nearby schools (Northeastern and BU). However, the other bands had some trouble pulling out folks and the crowd unfortunately was small after a lot of people filtered out after us (that's always rough, I don't like that). Now, clubs pay themselves before they pay bands. They need the money to pay the bartenders, security, sound guy, door staff, as well as their bills for lighting the event, insurance, etc. Usually it's a few hundred bucks. Any profits over that amount would be split at a rate determined by the club and the bands, say 80% to bands and 20% to the club. Last night's show brought in over 50 people, but the cover was just $5, so it would take a big crowd to meet the club's need and pay the bands richly. As a result, the club didn't make what it needed to make. Thus, none of the bands got paid. Even if we brought enough people to warrant payment, the unfortunate situation of all this is that it doesn't matter. IT IS NOT THE CLUB'S FAULT. THEY NEED THAT MONEY. You can't blame anyone else -- it was a rainy Tuesday night and a tough night to draw. It's just unfortunate. I suppose we could have pulled a few more folks ourselves but the room was pretty crowded during our set and we flyered, etc. Anyhow, while it's a bummer we didn't get any money, since we really, really could use some right about now, it's a good lesson I suppose. I still had a good time last night, a few good things came our way as a result of last night, and the other bands we played with are talented and kickass dudes. Besides, it's all about community.

Now, one of the things about this blog here, is that while I keep saying there is "transparency" -- an unobstructed window into the band's workings -- there are a few things I've been holding back that you should know about. First of all, let me just say that the concept of transparency is bizarre when applied to bands. Many musicians make careers out of building an image around looking cool and keeping their mouths shut, unless they have something nasty to say in the press. I don't know if giving this insider look is really ruining our chances at building an "image," but I would hope that our image would be that of nice guys who play good music who nice folks can relate to. That's the hope, at least. As I said in this blog's first post, I want you to feel a part of it. Anyhow, two things about nontransparency/transparency:

1) For the most part, I do not post monetary figures. This is because what we get may differ from other bands, not necessarily what we make at shows, but if we get a special rate for recording or something. I don't want any "Well, Cassavettes says you gave them this rate..." Thus, it's unfair to those who are trying to help us but also help their business. Now, this doesn't happen a whole lot, but I figure it's good to set the rule now. Plus, money is such a tender topic with the band right now, considering we're moving a lot of it around, that I'd just prefer to keep it personal. Finally, I feel there is a security risk in telling people how much money you have or make. Even if it's not much.
2) We will use foul language sometimes. In a lot of our online stuff, we try to keep the image and message clean, mostly just because online cursing is unnecessary most of the time and we don't know who reads what. Well, on this blog, since I want it to be a clear look at the band, how we interact and talk, I feel like if there are direct quotes, I am not going to edit them for content. I want you to get an idea of who we are and how we talk, which includes a lot of cursing. A good example of this would be a rather crude conversation between Matt and his cousin I posted last week. That's how the boys talk, and I found it hilarious. Plus, that had a good background story about Ratatat and used our running joke about busting balls, from the Abbey show. So, the writing on here will be relatively clean, but there may be some harsh language occasionally. That's just a fair warning.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

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18 October, 2006 11:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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18 October, 2006 21:39  
Anonymous scott said...

that was me.

18 October, 2006 21:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha! douche.shit.fucker. no one minds reading cuss words. fcc aren't on the internet :)

19 October, 2006 00:11  
Anonymous glenn said...

im guessing that was matt. im not worried about the FCC or anything like that, its just that you dont know who's reading it, including the children. WONT SOMEONE PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN. obviously, you wont, you cold-heart neanderthal.

19 October, 2006 07:57  
Anonymous child said...

what's a neanderthal?

22 October, 2006 20:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh, child.

23 October, 2006 07:57  

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