The Daily Complaint: Local Bands SUCK; Here’s Why…
Your band is bad and you should feel bad.
Too many local bands are putting out the same unoriginal sounding garbage nowadays. They spend too much time messaging people on Facebook to check out their band. You should spend that time writing and practicing the material your band wrote, you’ll end up better in the long run. Don’t start a band unless it’s gonna be all in; Maynard from Tool gives some great advice about that in an interview he did with Marc Maron. All my favorite local bands I discovered after seeing them opening for national touring acts.
Thomas Williams from Stray From The Path said it best (albeit, it was in reaction to this)
Don’t get a manager, tour manager, roadie, tech or whatever. If you can’t afford one, your manager isn’t doing their job. They should be bringing in money, not taking it away. If they are taking it away, they don’t fucking care. Band is only selling $300 a night on merch? Don’t print on American apparel. Sure that is nice, but if you aren’t selling merch, then cut your costs. It’s not like Gildan is poison.
32% merch rate? Usually 25%? If you are playing shows with that high of a merch rate, you should fire your booking agent. Do most of the work yourself, and focus on writing good quality music. If you are putting the quality of your t-shirts as a priority, then your priorities are not in order. It’s like a restaurant, if your food is good, people will want to keep eating it
Also, don’t do anything on this list and you’ll do just fine as a band in your local scene.
The Daily Complaint: Fuck The Voice of a Generation
This is what happens when you let fame get to your head.
When he’s not slut-shaming, Matty Mullins is fronting your typical sub-par metal band that Hot Topic kids seem to love. He also seems to think he’s the voice of a generation.
Our friend Sergeant D from SYWH sums it up best
At first I laughed because I was like “lolwut ur in like an OK metalcore band that has max 1.5 more album cycles of relevance left then u will be the manager of the pro audio department at Guitar Center in Dearborn Heights how can u be so delusional as to even think for 1 second that u could possibly be anything close to the voice of a generation.” But i guess in a way its true– he was the voice of a generation of “self-absorbed guys in their mid-to-late-20s who play crappy metalcore to high school girls” that day, at least to the 150 kids watching them while AUGUST BURNS RED were setting up.
Matty also hates doing interviews apparently. It doesn’t help that the interviewer was asking generic questions
His ego is bad enough that Issues wrote a song about Matty’s speech