or: Why your band should play less and practice more
I'll start this off quite simply: there's too many fucking shows going on in this city. Now let me elaborate on this: Looking at the calendar on Detroitpunk.org, on August 6th, I see listed seven different shows listed.
or six bands on a show; to me, that doesn't say, "Hey, even MORE reasons to go to this!"; it says, "Oh, shit, I'm going to be stuck here by obligation even LONGER."
Yes, that's right; I'm sick of seeing your band. It becomes horribly boring to see you play for the 30th time this year, especially when you have no new material. You can only watch a rerun of the same South Park episode so many times; after a while, you just turn the TV off within 5 seconds of recognizing which episode it is. The same goes with live music; after a
while, I'd honestly rather just stay at home, drink a few tall cans, and lay on the couch listening to records. I know I'm not the only one with this sentiment, either.
obligated to go to", or "I honestly couldn't handle another fucking show this month, or I was going to end up blowing my fucking brains out after I kicked your drumset to bits and smashed your guitar I'm so sick of drunkenly seeing every other weekend."
Why? Because I know damn well that I can probably see them again in two days if I really feel like it. Your band's show attendance HAS gone down, and this is why.
Not only does that make you, as a band, feel like no one wants to see you anymore (which is the case, especially when you're so busy playing shows that you're too busy to practice), but it makes it harder for people to find new bands. The best way for people to find new bands is seeing them live, and it's awfully goddamn hard for people to find out that they like this
particular artist when they're too apathetic to actually go see whomever they're opening up for.
incredibly forgettable and unmentionable, but that no new talent will get the opportunity to showcase themselves. It also guarantees that other established bands don't mix their dedicated (or event slightly interested) fan base, which in turn guarantees that less people will be discovering other established bands that they previously didn't think they would like.
This state has such incredible musical talent, and it depresses me to see it going to waste being overplayed. There is an extensive list of artists I would love to see perform with each other, if just for the sake of it not being the seventh rerun of a particular show since April, but I have very high doubts that most of them will not do so anytime soon.