Monday, September 28, 2009

The Location Thing

While I'm picking on people:

I recently picked up some local Brooklyn ad-rag that has the occasional article about local bands. I forget which rag, but what caught my eye was an article about The Jaguar Club, a band I actually auditioned for as a guitar player at some point last year. I should say up front that they're real nice dudes, and they probably thought I was a wanker. Can't say I'd blame them.

In any event, the lede for the article was a quote to the tune of, "we don't want to be known as a Brooklyn band."

That sort of thing makes me want to smack somebody; they are a Brooklyn band. And what does it actually matter, one way or the other?

I understand that people don't want to be lumped together with other people, artists in particular. But if this is what you're going to talk about when asked to talk about your art and your surroundings, you're asking for it.

"Our band is from Brooklyn because that's where we live. Possibly, we even like it here."

Is that so hard?


Adam N. Copeland said...

Amen. The Black Water my space presence says "SUSSEX / ESSEX New Jersey" because that is where we are from. Psychedelic space junk.

Also, not to take anything away from your guitar playing (or Jaguar Club for that matter) but...

I can see why a band that lists Echo and The Bunnymen as their primary influence would be a little cold to your fretwork stylings.

"The Killing Moon" != "Tell Us How You Really Feel"

Adam N. Copeland said...

I also must note I hate where I live and even then I still won't deny it.

Billy Gray said...

> I also must note I hate where I live and even then I still won't deny it.

"Why would you want to?"

GTFO of there, dude!