By Jessica Bailey

It’s fucking Friday and I want to bitch about bands that act like they are too good for their fans. Specifically, I want to bitch about the kinds of bands that need all the fans that they can get yet still adopt an undeserved rock star attitude towards the few people out there who are supporting their music. What’s your deal? Seriously, I don’t get it. If you don’t care about the people who are listening to your music, then what the hell do you care about?

This attitude is especially ridiculous when it concerns smaller bands that haven’t quite gotten that big break yet but still act like having a few hundred Tumblr followers constitutes a fan base. One band in particular from New York City that came to play up here last month has a habit of snubbing the few people who actually know and enjoy their music. Don’t just assume that the crowd didn’t “get it” because they weren’t going crazy at the show. Maybe they got it; you just didn’t sell it to them well enough but if you’re heart is in the right place at least they’ll appreciate what you were trying to do.

We understand no band ever wants to deal with press, but at the same time if you actually gave a shit about the fans you have in this city you might indulge us a little with your presence. We would be more understanding of this attitude if this was a band with a huge fan base but when you don’t even have 1,000 Facebook likes and play a terrible set to boot, what was the point of coming here at all? What a waste of an opportunity.

Respect is a reciprocal thing and if you can’t respect your fans, they won’t respect you, either. We know you think you look cool by adopting that disaffected attitude, but really you just seem like egotistical jerks. Keep in mind that the people who are paying the cover charge to see your band open to a crowd of less than twenty people are also the people who are most likely to buy your CDs, vinyls, and who will come see you at future shows.

If you actually take the time to introduce yourself and get to know them on a first-name basis you might even get a few more people on board to help out your street team,  or at least might introduce their friends to your music. It’s no surprise to anyone when musicians act like egotistical rock stars but for the bands that have yet to earn that status, it might be a more successful strategy to employ some good old-fashioned kindness.

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