Anonymous said: I think punk's low price point is fair in most cases because bands put in minimal effort. There are obvious exceptions but for the most part recording and packaging are done as cheap as possible. Shows are played in cheap to free spaces with shitty sound systems. How many times have you been to a punk show where every band is borrowing each others shit? Also Jane Doe is $25 bucks at my local punk/metal record store so maybe they do have some cross over.
dog, you missed the point so entirely it is going to be difficult to even respond.
first, money spent on recording and packaging DOES NOT equal effort. the music is the endgame. the music what is being sold. not the recording, not necessarily the packaging*. this would be akin to telling an artist that a painting sucks because they didn’t use expensive paint. ”bee thousand” cost guided by voices less than 40 dollars to record. does that make it “minimal effort”?
second, HOLY SHIT DAWG WERE YOU ASLEEP FOR THIS WHOLE FUCKING CONVERSATION? MAYBE BANDS WOULD PLAY AT NICER VENUES WITHOUT “SHITTY SOUND SYSTEMS” IF PEOPLE WERE WILLING TO PAY MORE THAN FIVE DOLLARS FOR A FUCKING PUNK SHOW. also, since when was the band responsible for the sound system and cost of club rental?
borrowing gear is low effort? you’re right. the bands should have probably just been more committed to buying nice gear. i am sure their 50+ hours a week slinging crunchwraps as fourth meal gives them ample money to be able to take time off of work to tour, keep a van in working order, record their music (since the effort is so minimal anyway), and buy nice gear. i mean shit, they sure don’t have to spend money on gas; the 45 dollars they received for playing the 5 dollars at the door show will certainly be enough to cover a 5+ hour drive.
when i first started touring, 100 dollars was a fair thing to pay a not-big touring band. that summer, gas cost 99 cents a gallon. fast forward to 2014, 100 dollars is still a pretty common thing to be making to play a punk show. gas is about 3.50 a gallon, diesel is about 3.65.
*jane doe is a piece of art. it is a collector’s item. it is colored vinyl, it has an iconic art layout. people who buy jane doe in 2014 are people who want a piece of art. i would wager they probably already own the record in a few other colors and won’t need to play it. conversely, your record store may just be charging a hick fee for bringing culture to a place that is obviously flushed with morons who don’t get it.
in conclusion, become a juggalo, they try hard.