I gotta say, Tyler really inspires me to not be so god damn neutral all the time. He always stands by his convictions. This is a result of his new band Etiquette being invited to a show…I’m sorry…open mic- by an incompetent lady who booked them less than a week ago only to hoodwink them into a situation where they came off as assholes. You really can’t place the blame on them nor can this be written off as a simple mis-communication, though. She knew what she was getting into. I was there.
You don’t book G.G. Allin and expect to not get shit thrown at you. You don’t wear a velvet suit to a GWAR show. You don’t book the Misfits and whine when you get a washed up cover band or is a tribute act? Either way, extreme cases, but they apply. AKA, you don’t ask band you know plays considerably loud to play another open mic and volunteer other people’s equipment and then complain about the volume while other open micers leave because they can’t handle playing while a full band is setting up. Also, don’t keep reiterating all the money you’re making for the event and blame everyone else cuz you can’t run a shit-show. Anyway, here’s what Tyler said- it’s certainly warranted and they played awesome regardless.
“sometimes things don’t go my way, so i whine about them on the internet.– fuck everyone who has a financial stake in local music. in the years that i’ve been doing this i’ve never once expected or anticipated payment in any kind for playing a show, and it’s disgusting to see people try and make a buck off bands who are just trying to find a public forum to express themselves. i’d rather work forty hours a week for the rest of my life and never approach breaking even emotionally or financially instead of compromising to some bullshit standard of “how things are done”. if even five people cared honestly about anything i’ve done or have been a part of, that would validate every ounce of energy i’ve put into playing music. i realize that everyone is in it for their own reasons, but it’s so disappointing to see people act so indifferent to something that means so much to so many people. WAH.”- Tyler H.
Side Note: Etiquette rules and you should check ’em out next Wednesday at the Stanhope House w/ The Flops + Melissa & Paul.
We all know that February brings us Black History Month, among other festivities, causes and holidays. Why not add another celebration to this 28 day stint? Tyler of Good Friend Electric out of Brooklyn proposes a challenge and we invite you to do the same. It’s already getting some buzz!